Route History

Fares

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.01.40
AP
--
--
4LT

STRATFORD BROADWAY  -  Forest Gate  -  Manor Park  -  Ilford  -  Seven Kings   -  Barly  Lane  -  LITTLE HEATH Haw Bush ( Suns pm )
This route was reintroduced after being withdrawn 15.10.39

29.10.41
AP
--
--
4LT

STRATFORD BROADWAY  -  LITTLE HEATH Haw Bush ( Suns afts )
Sunday evening service withdrawn, restricted to afternoons only

20.10.48
AP
--
--
4RT

Type change

13.04.49
AP
--
--
4ST

Type change

26.10.49
AP
--
--
4RTL

Type change

03.05.50
CL
8RTL
10RTL
--
 
G
81RT
57RT
57RT

VICTORIA - Hyde Park Corner - Piccadilly - Bond Street - Oxford Circus - Holborn - Bank - Aldgate - Mile End Road - Bow - Stratford - Forest Gate - Manor Park - Ilford - Green Lane - Goodmayes - Becontree - BECONTREE HEATH - Rush Green - HORNCHURCH STATION (Mon-Sat peaks)
The route previously Stratford to Little Heath was renumbered 25A.

This routeing was previously numbered 25B

20.10.57
CL
6RTL
8RTL
4RTL
 
G
69RT
49RT
39RT

Sunday (CL) Clay Hall allocation introduced.


The above timetable has been extracted from the 1958 Red Book which is available for sale
This book shows all the first and last times of Central Buses - Trolleybuses and Green Line ( full timetables ) current at 30th April 1958 prior to the heavy cuts in November 1958


26.11.58
CL
5RTL
--
4RTL
 
G
63RT
45RT
39RT

VICTORIA - BECONTREE HEATH
Additional Route: DAGENHAM EAST STN
- Ballards Road - DAGENHAM Fords (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Becontree Heath and Hornchurch.
New Mon-Fri peak Route introduced between Dagenham East and Fords replacing experimental Route 193.

Saturday CL allocation withdrawn

19.08.59
BW
17RTL
10RTL
15RTL
 
CL
5RTL
--
4RTL
 
G
60RT
31RT
37RT

Daily Bow allocation introduced to partly replace withdrawn trolleybus route 661/663

11.11.59
BW
22RTL
10RTL
19RTL
 
G
60RT
31RT
37RT

Clay Hall (CL) garage closed - buses and duties transferred to Bow (BW).

27.04.60
BW
19RTL
10RTL
15RTL
 
WH
63RT
31RT
41RT

Forest Gate (G) allocation withdrawn with garage closure - new West Ham (WH) allocation introduced.

03.01.62
BW
21RTL
11RTL
15RTL
 
WH
55RTL
28RTL
32RTL

West Ham (WH) allocation of RT's replaced by RT's.

01.02.66
BW
37RTL
37RTL
15RTL
 
WH
44RTL
13RTL
20RM

West Ham (WH) allocation Sunday buses changed to RM.

RTL1422

Roofbox RTL1422 leaving the stand at Victoria
on a short working to Aldgate

This image availabe on the
RTL download


07.09.68
BW
34RT
25RT
7RM
 
WH
33RT
21RT
17RM

RTL type replaced by RT.

25.10.69
BW
31RT
25RT
7RM
 
WH
20RT
8RM
14RM

VICTORIA (Mon-Fri) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Sat/Sun) - BECONTREE HEATH
Additional Route: DAGENHAM EAST STN
- Ballards Road - DAGENHAM Fords (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Victoria at weekends

RM56

RM56 at the Fords Works stop

© Malcolm Allan

18.04.70
BW
31RT
25RT
7RM
 
WH
19RT
8RT
15RM

West Ham reverted to RT operation on Saturdays

08.01.72
BW
32RM
26RM
7RM
 
WH
19RM
7RM
12RM

Routemasters introduced on a daily basis.

19.10.75
BW
32RM
26RM
12RML
 
WH
19RM
8RM
8RM

RML type introduced at Bow(BW) on Sundays spare from Route 8.

19.03.77
BW1+
32RM
23RM
12RML
 
WH211+
22RM
7RM
6RML/2RM

VICTORIA (Mon-Fri) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Sat/Sun) - BECONTREE HEATH - DAGENHAM Fords (Mon-Fri early am journeys)
Fords works journeys restricted to a few projections from & to Becontree Heath. 
RML type introduced at West Ham (WH) on Sundays.

22.04.78
BW1+
31RM
23RM
11RML
 
WH211+
22RM
8RM
7RML/4RM

VICTORIA - BECONTREE HEATH - DAGENHAM Fords (Mon-Fri early am journeys)
Sat and Sun Route re-introduced between Oxford Circus and Victoria.

04.09.82
BW1+
14RM
15RM
7RML
 
WH211+
27RM
15RM
10RM

VICTORIA - ILFORD BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Ilford Broadway and Becontree Heath - this section replaced by new route 225.

02.02.85
AP
4Tc
--
--
 
BW1+
15RM
8RM
--
 
WH211+
20RM
13RM
11T

VICTORIA - ILFORD BROADWAY - SEVEN KINGS GARAGE (Mon-Fri garage journeys)
Mon-Fri Seven Kings (AP) allocation introduced with Titan Crew buses.
Sunday Route converted to OPO

03.08.85
BW1+
15RM
8RM
--
 
WH211+
20RM
13RM
11T

VICTORIA - ILFORD BROADWAY
Mon-Fri Seven Kings (AP) allocation withdrawn.

RM1873

RM1873 Stratford Broadway which was the
westbound changeover point for the West Ham crews

 

This image available with the Routemaster download

02.11.85
BW1+
35RM
21RM
--
 
WH211+
--
--
11T

Mon-Sat West Ham (WH) allocation transferred to Bow (BW). This was a series of re-allocations connected with the closure of Poplar (PR) garage.

28.02.87
BW1+
35RM
222RM
--
 
WH211+
--
--
19T

VICTORIA - ILFORD BROADWAY - BECONTREE HEATH (Suns)
Sunday extended from Ilford to Becontree Heath

16.01.88
BW1+
53T
38T
20T

VICTORIA - BECONTREE HEATH
Sat and Sun Route diverted between Aldgate and Bank via Tower of London.
Daily conversion to One Person Operation.
Sunday only West Ham (WH) allocation withdrawn.

T514

T514 with blinds set for a Tower journey is seen at
Buckingham Palace Road

 

This image available on the
Titan download


24.02.90
BW1+
32T
28T
21T
 
WH301+
14T
11T
--

Mon-Sat West Ham (WH) allocation re-introduced.

23.09.91
AP141+
10T
--
--
 
BW1+
29T
28T
21T
 
WH301+
--
11T
--

Mon-Fri West Ham allocation transferred to Seven Kings (AP)

23.11.91
AP141+
10T
--
--
 
WH301+
29T
39T
21T

Sunday-Friday Bow allocation transferred to West Ham (WH)

18.07.92
AP141+
10T
--
--
 
WH301+
26T
36T
17T

OXFORD CIRCUS - BECONTREE HEATH
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Victoria - replaced by diverting Route 8

10.10.92
AP141+
10T
8T
--
 
BW1+
25T
28T
17T

OXFORD CIRCUS - BECONTREE HEATH - Fords Works (Mon-Fri early am journeys)
Mon-Fri early journeys extended to Fords - replacing withdrawn 129 journeys .
Sat Seven Kings allocation introduced.
West Ham garage closed.

20.03.93
BW1+
29T
25T
16T

OXFORD CIRCUS - ILFORD
Withdrawn east of Ilford
Sat and Sun Route diverted via New Change and Cannon Street. AP allocation withdrawn.

18.09.93
BW1+
29T
25T
16T

Sat and Sun Route diverted via Lower Thames Street
.

04.08.96
BW1+
27dd
25dd
17dd

Volvo dd introduced.

VA48

VA48 Hainault Street stand - Ilford

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

VN27

VN27 passes through Stratford Bus Station

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download


26.06.99
DM
30TN
29TN
20TN

Contract transferred to First Capital and converted to low floor operation - but with MCW Metrobuses helping out until all TN 20th August

TN1056

TN1056 with the distinctive blind display is seen at Tower Hill

This image available on the
First London download


27.04.00
DM
30TN/TAL
29TN/TAL
20TN/TAL

TAL type introduced ( Dennis Trident - Alexander ALX400 10.5m)

TAL945

TAL945 at Centre Point with a crew operated 55 following

 

This image available on the
First London download


02.06.00
DM
30TAL
29TAL
20TAL

TN type withdrawn.

23.03.02
R
30TAL
29TAL
20TAL

Transferred to a new depot at Rainham -Ferry Lane

26.06.04
WA1+
37MA
34MA
20MA

New Contract commenced with Stagecoach and converted to single deck Artic operation - allocation moved to Waterden Road - Hackney Wick

23045

23045 City Thameslink

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download


29.12.07
RM1+
42MA
38MA
25MA
Night
RM101+
13MA
15MA
15MA

Allocation moved to Rainham - Waterden Road closed for Olympic Stadium - construction

31.05.08
WH601+
43MA
34MA
28MA
Night
WH701+
13MA
15MA
15MA

Allocation moved to West Ham (WH)

25.06.11
LI
59VN
52VN
42VN
Night
LI
19VN
29VN
29VN

New contract awarded to First London (LI) and converted to double deck operation

VN36158

VN36158 seen on a fine day at Stratford Broadway

 

This image available on the
First London download


22.06.13
LI
59VN
52VN
42VN
Night
LI
19VN
29VN
29VN

Operation passed to Tower Transit - operationally no change

28.09.13
LI11+
59VN
53VN
42VN
Night
LI901+
19VN
29VN
29VN

Short working buses to City Thameslink Station curtailed at Bank running to Mansion House Station to turn

25 times

Operating Garages

LI Lea Interchange
Changeover point at Bow Church
DLR Station

AP Seven Kings
Changeover point at garage or Ilford.

WH West Ham
Changeover point at Stratford

G Forest Gate
Changeover point at Forest Gate

BW Bow
Changeover point at Bow Church

DM Dagenham
Changeover point at Ilford

R Rainham
Changeover point at Ilford

WA Waterden Road - Hackney Wick
Changeover point at Bow Church DLR Station

CL Clay Hall
Changeover point Bow Road / Fairfield Road
Garage journeys left line of route at Mile End Station then via Routes 677 and 8

Tender Specs and Current stands and turning points ( 463kb )