Route History

History in brief before 1934 ( kindly researched by Roland Wilcox )

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
B
21NS
16NS
12NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
20NS

CAMDEN TOWN - Chalk Farm - Swiss Cottage - Kilburn - Westbourne Park - Notting Hill Gate - Kensington - Earl,s Court - CHELSEA Stanley Arms

31 MAP
Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
13.02.35
B
21NS
16NS
12NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
14NS
 
J
--
--
6NS

Sunday Holloway (J) allocation introduced

02.10.35
B
22NS
16NS
16NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
16NS

Sunday only Holloway (J) allocation withdrawn

04.08.37
B
22STL
16STL
16STL
 
CF
12STL
17STL
16STL

STL type introduced

03.05.50
B
16RTL
16RTL
14RTL
 
CF
15RTL
15RTL
6STL
12RTL

RTL type introduced

02.05.51
B
19RTW
16RTW
11RTW
 
CF
15RTW
22RTW
15RTW

RTL type converted to RTW.

RTW495

 

 

 

 

RTW495 Kensington Church - note the 270 opposite

This image is part of the Nostalgia download which is available for sale and has over 620 images

 

 

30.04.58
B
16RTW
16RTW
9RTW
 
CF
14RTW
21RTW
16RTW
1958 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
01.11.65
B
14RTL
16RTL
11RTL
 
CF
13RTL
20RTL
7RTL

RTW type converted to RTL.

RTL476

RTL476 seen at the Stanley Arms stand in Chelsea

This image is part of the RTL download

                       RT family
 

01.03.67
B
16RT
14RT
11RT
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RT

RTL type converted to RT

RT2294

RT2294 Maida Hill

This image is part of the RT download

                         RT family
 

07.09.68
B
17RT
14RT
11RT
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RT
31 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
15.02.69
B
16RT
14RT
7RM
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RM

Sunday RT converted to RM.

07.02.70
B
17RT
14RT
7RM
 
CF
8RT
13RM
9RM

Saturday RM's introduced at Chalk Farm
17.06.72
B
17RM
13RM
7RM
 
CF
8RM
13RM
9RM

Daily converted to RM.
05.01.74
B
17RM
12RM
7RM
 
CF
8RM
13RML
11RML

CF converted to RML weekends (spare from 24)
04.09.82
X
17RM
14RM
8RM

B & CF allocations transferred to X
07.02.87
HT
7RM
--
--
 
X
9RM
14RM
9RM


Monday-Friday HT allocation introduced

RM402

 

 

 

RM402 Stanley Arms stand

This image is part of the RM download

                 RM family
 

 

21.11.87
CF
--
--
10T
 
HT
5RM
--
--
 
X
11RM
14RM
--

Sunday converted to One Man Operation
Allocation transferred from X to CF.

15.04.89
X
25MA
23MA
11MA

Converted to Minibus operation.
18.07.92
X
26DW
24DW
20DW


MA type replaced by DW

DW21

 

 

DW21 Camden Town stand in Bayham Street

This is one of 1500 images available on the Single Deck download

 

01.06.98
X
30DM
24DM
23DM

DW type replaced by DM

29.05.99
X
22DM
22DM
20DM

CAMDEN TOWN - NOTTING HILL GATE
Withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Chelsea - withdrawn section replaced by new 328 Golders Green and Chelsea.

DM216

DM216 Kilburn Park Station

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the First Buses download

 

01.05.04
X
20DM
20DM
19DM
logo Contract renewal

05.06.04
X
18VNW
18VNW
18VNW


Converted to low floor double deck operation.

VNW

VNW32373 at Kilburn Park

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the First Buses download


02.12.06
X
23VNW
23VNW
22VNW

CAMDEN TOWN - Notting Hill Gate - Holland Park Avenue - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN
Extended from Notting Hill Gate to Shepherds Bush Green via Route 94

TN33198

 

TN33329 Chepstow Villas

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the First Buses download

29.11.08
X
23VNW
23VNW
22VNW

CAMDEN TOWN - Notting Hill Gate - Holland Park Avenue - Shepherds Bush - Link Road - WHITE CITY  Westfields Bus Station
Extended from Shepherds Bush to new White City Bus Station

30.04.11
X
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Contract renewal


01.10.11
AS
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Allocation moved to new base at Harlesden - Atlas Road

22.06.13
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW
logo Contract novated to Tower Transit
VNW32422

VNW32422 seen in Camden Town

© Lawrence Living

03.05.14
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

MAP
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
30.05.16
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Contract extended for two years

01.07.17
X
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Atlas Road closed operationally, allocation moved to Westboure Park (X)

 

31 TIMES 28 live 28 stands Tender Specs Route 31 fares

 

Operating Garages

HT Holloway
Changeover point Camden Town.

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point Camden Town.

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point outside garage.

B Battersea
Changeover point Chelsea stand.

AS Atlas Road - Harlesden
Changeover point Westbourne Park Station

Personal Comment:

This route was known as the wall of death to the crews. The timing was tight and the twists and turns made it hard work for a conductor. The steering was very heavy on the RTW so I would imagine the drivers' lot was not a good one.