Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
31.12.66
M
22RM
14RM
--

HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Mon-Sat except evenings) Whitton - TWICKENHAM STATION (Mon-Sat evgs) Richmond - East Sheen - Barnes - Hammersmith - BROOK GREEN HOTEL (Sats) - KENSINGTON Queens Gate (Mon-Fri)
Route 73 western section renumbered.

1968 allocation
Taken from September 1968 allocation book
1970 map

Extracted from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

24.01.70
M
22RM
14RM
--

HOUNSLOW GARAGE - HAMMERSMITH Brook Green (Sat except shop hours) - KENSINGTON Queens Gate (Mon-Fri/Sat shop hrs)
Sat shopping hours extended from Hammersmith to Kensington - and extended evenings from Twickenham to Hounslow

26.09.70
M
21RM
13RM
--

HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Mon-Sat except evgs) - RICHMOND (Mon-Sat evenings) - HAMMERSMITH (Sat except shop hrs) - KENSINGTON Palace Gate (Mon-Fri/Sat shop hrs)
MS evenings withdrawn between Richmond and Hounslow.

26.04.71
M
20RM
13RM
--

HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Mon-Sat except evenings) - RICHMOND (Mon-Sat evenings) - HAMMERSMITH Brook Green Hotel (Mon-Fri evgs/Sat excpt shop hrs) - KENSINGTON (Mon-Fri excpt evenings/Sat shop hours)
MS evenings withdrawn between Hammersmith and Kensington.

07.09.71
M
20RM
14RM
--

Monday-Friday school journeys diverted via Clifford Avenue.

28.10.78
M61+
20RM
13RM
--

HOUNSLOW - HAMMERSMITH (MS evenings) - KENSINGTON (MS except evenings)
Mon-Sat evenings reintroduced between Richmond and Hounslow.

24.11.79
M61+
20RM
13RM
--

Mortlake Garage journeys via Sheen Lane revised to operate in service

25.04.81
FW211+
5RM
5RM
--
 
M61+
15RM
9RM
--

Mon-Sat FW allocation introduced.

15.08.81
FW211+
5Mc
5Mc
--
 
M61+
15RM
9RM
--

Crew M type introduced at FW

04.09.82
FW211+
9Mc
9Mc
6Mc
 
M61+
9RM
5RM
6RM

FULWELL GARAGE - Teddington - Waldegrave Road - Twickenham - Richmond - Barnes - HAMMERSMITH Brook Green (Sun) - KENSINGTON Palace Gate (Mon-Sat)
R
e-routed at Twickenham via withdrawn Mon-Sat 270 and Sunday 27. Hounslow section covered by augmented 281

RM1378

RM1378 Wakefield Road - Richmond

This image available with Routemaster family downloadat the Bus Photos page

25.06.83
FW201+
18Mc
15Mc
10Mc

M garage closed - operation transferred to FW

02.02.85
FW201+
19M
15M
9M

Converted to One Person Operation.
School journeys via Lower Mortlake Rd and Clifford Avenue withdrawn

M7

M7 Butterwick Bus Station

This image available with the
Metrobus download

27.04.85
FW201+
19M
15M
9M

FULWELL GARAGE - HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY (evenings) - KENSINGTON (except evenings)
Brook Green journeys now terminate in former Riverside Garage.

09.07.88
FW201+
19M
17M
10M


NURSERYLANDS ESTATE
(Suns except evenings) Hampton Hill - - FULWELL GARAGE (Mon-Sat/Sun evgs) - HAMMERSMITH (evgs) - KENSINGTON (except evgs)

Sunday extended via 270 to Nurseylands Estate in Hampton.

1988 leaflet
Click image to expand

01.04.89
FW201+
19M
17M
10M
logo Operated by London United
in preparation of privatisation.

NURSERYLANDS ESTATE
(Suns except evenings) - FULWELL GARAGE - (Mon-Sat/Sun evgs) - HAMMERSMITH (evgs) - KENSINGTON (except evgs)


07.04.90
FW201+
18M
18M
10M

FULWELL GARAGE  - HAMMERSMITH (evenings) - KENSINGTON (except evenings)
Withdrawn between Fulwell and Nurserylands Estate.

08.06.91
FW201+
14M
12M
8M

FULWELL GARAGE - HAMMERSMITH BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Hammersmith and Kensington.

09.05.92
FW201+
18DR/1M
17DR
8DR

Converted to midibus but with big-bus journeys to Barnes.

23.10.93
FW201+
20DR/1M
17DR
8DR

FULWELL GARAGE - HAMMERSMITH Bus Station.
Revised to terminate in new Bus Station at Hammersmith.

10.03.97
FW201+
21DR
19DR
8DR

Double deck journeys withdrawn.

DRL167

DRL167 Hill Street - Richmond

This image available with the
Single Deck download

11.11.00
FW201+
17DP
14DP
8DP

FULWELL GARAGE - HAMMERSMITH Bus Station
Converted to low floor operation.

DPS533

DPS533 East Twickenham

This image available with theTransdev download

33 map
Taken from June 2001 leaflet
Click map to expand
12.11.05
NC
18Dart
16Dart
8Dart
ncp Contract reassigned

FULWELL Travel London Garage - HAMMERSMITH Bus Station
Contract reassigned to National Car Parks operating from a base in Twickenham - Fulwell terminal changed to Travel London garage instead of LU garage

16.02.08
NC
18Dart
16Dart
8Dart

Hammersmith terminal moved from Upper Bus Station to lower level

NCP24

NCP24 Hammersmith Bridge

This image is part of a download available with the Abellio download

21.04.09
NC
18Dart
16Dart
8Dart
nsl logo NCP renamed NSL

NCP08

NCP08 with NSL logo at Hammersmith Bus Station

London Buses by Adam


16.11.09
NC
18DE
16DE
8DE
transdev logo NSL purchased by Transdev

30.01.10
NC
18DE
17DE
12DE
Night Service
NC81+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Night Route introduced - replacing part of withdrawn N10

ADL17

ADL17 outside Litchfield Court, Richmond

London Buses by Adam

 


13.11.10
NC
18DE
17DE
12DE
Night Service
NC81+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Contract renewal

03.03.11
NC
18DE
17DE
12DE
Night Service
NC81+
3DE
3DE
3DE
RATP LOGO TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP
DE120

DE120 King Street - Twickenham

This image available with theTransdev download

02.03.13
FW201+
18DE
18DE
10DE
Night Service
FW301+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Twickenham NC base closed - reallocated to Fulwell (FW) - although oddly they still terminated at Abellio yard - Stanley Road

OV5

When the 391 was transferred in 2014 to Fulwell the Optares were occasionally used on the 33 as shown here by OV5 in Richmond

© Lawrence Living

14.11.15
FW201+
18DE
18DE
10DE
Night Service
FW301+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Contract extended for two years

HDE3

Hybrid HDE3 usually to be found on Route 371 strays on this occasion and is seen entering Wakefield Road

London Buses by Adam

 


11.11.17
FW201+
18DE
18DE
10DE
Night Service
FW301+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Contract renewal

Operating Garages

M Mortlake
Crew changeover EAST SHEEN Queens Road/Upper Richmond Road West.
Garage journeys leave line of route at BARNES Red Lion and observe Route 9 stops to Mortlake Garage or leave line of route at Sheen Lane and run light via Sheen Lane and Mortlake High Street to Avondale Road.

FW Fulwell
Crew changeover garage forecourt or from 2013 at Old Tram Depot stand in Stanley Road
Some garage journeys leave line of route at Twickenham and observe Route 267 stops to Fulwell Garage

NC Twickenham
Changeover King Street

 

COMMENT BY ALEC WORSFOLD

When the 33 was lost by LU in 2005 to Nasty Car Parks, the tender had specified FW as the terminus. However, having lost the tender, FW made it clear to TfL that NCP buses would not be welcome on their forecourt, hoping to screw with the process. Consequently, TfL commandeered part of Tellings/ Travel London's garage (TfL were the landlords anyway), demolished the former staff welfare building and created a standing area for the 33 within that forecourt, still used today.

Subsequently, LU purchased NCP, but TfL mandated that the permanent terminus of Route 33 is at TF rather than FW, no matter who operates it at subsequent tenders

Interestingly, it was the award of the 33 and 419 to NCP rather than to TGM that prompted Steve Telling to throw in the towel and to sell the London and Surrey bus operations to NX group as Travel London West. TGM had had the lowest price but TfL awarded to NCP as part of a bid to encourage new operators onto their tendered network despite having been burnt by an NCP subsidiary some years previously, when TGM was drafted in at short notice to cover operations after things failed miserably.

 

 

33 times 33 live 33 stands Tender Specs 33 fares

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Wednesday, 13.09.17