Route History

Route 42 fares

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
D
16NS
22NS
10NS
 
H
22NS
20NS
20NS

FINSBURY PARK - Seven Sisters Road - Manor House - Amhurst Park - Stamford Hill - Clapton Pond - Hackney Station - Mare Street - Bethnal Green - Mile End Gate - Whitechapel - Aldgate - Tower Bridge - Tower Bridge Road - Bricklayers Arms - Old Kent Road - Albany Road - Walworth Road - CAMBERWELL GREEN ( Mon-Fri ) - Coldharbour Lane - Brixton - Acre Lane - CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town ( Sat / Sun )

42 1934 map Route 42 Central Section
Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
02.01.35
D
16NS
22NS
--
 
H
22NS
20NS
19NS
 
Q
--
--
17NS

Sunday Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn in favour of Camberwell (Q) - the gap at Dalston filled by new allocation on Route 67

04.03.36
D
16STL
22STL
17STL
 
H
21STL
19STL
17STL

Sunday only Camberwell (Q) withdrawn - replaced by reinstated Dalston (D) on this day - Route 67 allocation withdrawn to balance

24.03.37
D
--
4STL
18STL
 
H
37STL
35STL
17STL

Mon-Fri Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

06.10.37
D
--
4STL
--
 
H
37STL
35STL
36STL

Sunday Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

05.01.38
D
--
4STL
--
 
H
30STL
35STL
36STL
 
Q
7STL
--
--

Mon-Fri Camberwell (Q) allocation introduced

04.05.38
H
30STL
39STL
36STL
 
Q
7STL
--
--

Saturday only Dalston (D) allocation withdrawn

16.10.38
AR
--
12STL
--
 
H
12STL
7STL
--
 
Q
7STL
--
--

TURNPIKE LANE STN - West Green- Tottenham - Seven Sisters - Manor House - Amhurst Park - Stamford Hill - Clapton Pond - Hackney Station - Mare Street - Bethnal Green - Mile End Gate - Whitechapel - Aldgate - Tower Bridge - Tower Bridge Road - Bricklayers Arms - Old Kent Road - Albany Road - Walworth Road - CAMBERWELL GREEN ( Mon-Sat)
Diverted at Manor House to Turnpike Lane - withdrawn section replaced by new 42A
Withdrawn between Camberwell Green and Clapham Common - partly compensated by new 42A  Sat afts
Sunday service withdrawn - mainly replaced by Sunday service on Route 42A
Mon-Fri to run in two sections TLS - Aldgate and Aldgate - Camberwell Green
Saturday only Tottenham (AR) introduced

05.02.39
AR
--
14STL+
--
      2STL/76  
 
H
29STL
31STL
30STL
 
Q
7STL
--
--

TURNPIKE LANE STN ( Mon-Sat ) - TOTTENHAM GARAGE ( Suns ) - CAMBERWELL GREEN -: - CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town ( Sat afts )
Sat afternoons extended from Camberwell Green to Clapham Common to compensate for Route 42A withdrawal
Sunday reintroduced to compensate for Route 42A withdrawal - operated by Hackney (H)

22.11.39
Q
12STL
12STL
9STL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN
Withdrawn between Aldgate and Tottenham/Turnpike Lane and between Camberwell Green and Clapham Common
This was a wartime economy as Trolleybus Route 653 covered all of the withdrawn section

03.01.40
P
4LT
5LT
--
 
Q
12STL
12STL
9STL

Mon-Sat Old Kent Road (P) added - the Route 1 allocation was withdrawn at this time

15.05.40
Q
14STL
15STL
9STL

Mon-Sat Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

30.04.47
P
--
7ST
--
 
Q
8ST
--
5STL

Sat Old Kent Road (P) replaced Camberwell (Q) allocation

02.05.51
Q
9SRT
7SRT
5RTL

(P) Old Kent Road allocation withdrawn and RTL type introduced on Sundays.

14.05.52
Q
9SRT
7RTL
5RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN ( Mon-Sat ) Loughborough Junction - Herne Hill - West Norwood - NORWOOD GARAGE (Suns)
RTL type introduced on Saturdays and Sunday extended from Camberwell Green to Norwood Garage to compensate for Route 48 Sunday withdrawal.

06.10.54
Q
9RTL
7RTL
5RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN ( Mon-Sat ) - HERNE HILL (Suns)
SRT type withdrawn and Sunday Route withdrawn between Herne Hill and Norwood Garage.

16.02.55
Q
9RTL
10RTL
6RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN (Mon-Fri) - HERNE HILL (Suns) - NORWOOD GARAGE (Sats)
Saturday extended from Camberwell Green to Norwood Garage to part compensate for Route 48 withdraw on this day.

17.10.56
Q
8RTL
9RTL
6RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN (Mon-Fri) - HERNE HILL (Sat/Sun)
Saturday withdrawn between Herne Hill and Norwood Garage.

30.04.58
Q
8RTL
9RTL
6RTL
1958 times
Scanned from April 30th 1958 Red Book
20.08.58
Q
10RTL
7RTL
5RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN (Mon-Fri/Sun) - HERNE HILL (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat)
Mon-Fri peaks extended from Camberwell Green to Herne Hill to part compensate for Route 48 withdrawal.

RTL1428

The trolley wires have gone but RTL1428 has gained a roof box

This image available on the
Nostalgia CD

17.01.65
Q
10RTL
6RTL
4RTL

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN -; HERNE HILL (Mon-Fri peaks)
Saturday withdrawn between Camberwell Green and Herne Hill - this section covered by new 40B.

16.05.66
Q
10RT
5RT
4RT

RTL type replaced by RT.

31.12.66
Q
8RT
5RT
3RT

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN
Withdrawn between Camberwell Green and Herne Hill - this section left unserved.

24.01.70
Q
7MB
4MB
4MB

Converted to single deck OPO.

23.01.73
Q101+
7DMS
4DMS
4DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

DMS684

DMS684 Camberwell stand

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

24.11.79
Q101+
6SMS
5SMS
4SMS

Reverted to single deck operation.

SMS708

SMS608 Minories stand

This image available on the
Single Deck download

14.07.80
Q
6DMS
5DMS
4DMS

Converted back to double deck operation.

26.07.80
Q
6T
5T
4T

DMS type replaced by Leyland Titan.

T904

T904 Minories

This image available on the
Titan download

27.04.85
WL
4T
4T
4T

ALDGATE - CAMBERWELL GREEN (except evgs)
Evening Route withdrawn and allocation transferred to Walworth (WL).

02.11.85
Q
3T
4T
3T

Walworth garage closures forces route back to Camberwell (Q).

07.02.87
NL
SNB
SNB
SNB

Route transferred to London Country South East (National London Catford)

42 leaflet
Click image to enlarge
28.02.87
NL
SNB
SNB
SNB

Allocation transferred to Victoria with the closure of Catford although buses were kept at the NBC Battersea Coach park to the south of Chelsea Bridge.

30.12.89
SK
SNB
SNB
SNB

Allocation moved to a new depot at Bricklayers Arms

21.01.90
SK
3LN
3LN
--
 
LY
--
--
3ON

Sunday Route transferred to Leyton and converted to double deck Leyland Olympian

24.02.90
SK
3LN
--
--
 
LY
--
3ON
3ON

Saturday Southwark Depot allocation transferred to Leyton and converted to double deck Leyland Olympian

15.12.90
LY
5MR
4MR
2MR

Monday-Friday allocation transferred from Bricklayers Arms to Leyton and converted to Metrorider operation..

08.05.94
CH
5MR
4MR
2MR

Leyton (LY) allocation transferred to Cambridge Heath.

860

Metrorider 860

This image available on the
Arriva download

11.06.94
CH
5Dart
4Dart
2Dart

CAMBERWELL GREEN - LIVERPOOL STREET STN (except evenings)
Extended from Aldgate to Liverpool Street

04.05.96
CH
7Dart
7Dart
3Dart

CAMBERWELL GREEN - LIVERPOOL STREET STN
Late evening Route introduced.

121

Dart 121 Liverpool Street

This image available on the
Arriva download

19.04.97
QB
7Dart
7Dart
5Dart

DENMARK HILL Red Post Hill - LIVERPOOL STREET BUS STATION
Extended from Camberwell Green to Denmark Hill. Contract transferred from Kentish Bus to Limebourne

This Limebourne Dart shares the stand with a Stagecoach London City Airport service
07.07.01
QB
7DCL
6DCL
4DCL

Operation transferred to Connex Bus

19.01.02
DR
12dart
11dart
5dart

Operation sub contracted to Durham Travel Routes (DTS) Old Kent Road base

20.04.02
DR
12dart
11dart
5dart

DENMARK HILL Red Post Hill - LIVERPOOL STREET
Formally transferred to Durham Travel Routes trading as Easylink

ELS 8

ELS 8 has just crossed Tower Bridge

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

21.08.02
AG31+
11ELS
10ELS
5ELS

DTS go into liquidation - Route transferred to East Thames buses.

15.10.05
MA31+
11ELS
10ELS
6VWL

Operation transferred to a new base at Mandela Way SE1

VPL174

VPL174 usually worked Route 185 but is seen here at Minories - helping out, currently with Sullivan Buses

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

03.10.09
MA31+
11ELS
11ELS
7ELS

Route now operated by Go Ahead

ELS2

ELS2 still awaits the new livery. A reminder of my working days as my  Addison Lee car is parked behind while I am busy with the camera

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

 

01.05.10
Q91+
11ELS
10ELS
7ELS
lc logo Allocation moved to Camberwell (Q) - therefore now London Central not London General

13.10.12
MW301+
11ELS
10ELS
7ELS
lg logo Allocation transferred from Camberwell (Q) to Mandela Way (MW)
2014 map Denmark Hill section
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

04.10.14
Q91+
12ELS
11ELS
7ELS

lc logo Allocation moved to Camberwell (Q) therefore now London Central not London General.
Contract extended for two years
01.10.16
Q91+
13MHV
12MHV
8MHV

TOWER BRIDGE ROAD  -  EAST DULWICH Sainsbury's
TEMPORARY CURTAILMENT between Tower Bridge Road and Liverpool Street whilst mainetance in progress on Tower Bridge
Loop working at Sunray Avenue withdrawn, extended instead to East Dulwich via Red Post Hill, North Dulwich Stn, East Dulwich Grove and Grove Vale
Converted to double deck operation

Relevant document

42 EXTENSION
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

Route 42 current times live stands Tender Specifications

 

Operating Garages

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point ?

Q Camberwell
Changeover point garage

WL Walworth
Changeover point garage

NL Catford
Changeover point ?

NL Victoria
Changeover point ?

KB Kentish Bus ( Southwark - Leyton - Cambridge Heath )
Changeover point ?

QB Battersea Base (Connex and Limebourne)
Changeover point ?

DR Old Kent Road (DTS)
Changeover point ?

AG East Thames Buses
Changeover point ?

MA East Thames Buses
Changeover point ?

MW Mandela Way
Changeover point Bricklayers Arms

 

Observations by an ex inspector Martin Gray

The 42 Road which you haven't yet introduced to your marvellous 'site - with seven buses during the peaks and five off peak - Mon - Sat was the biggest challenge. With the Pool of London still a very busy shipping facility - answering the phone on the wall outside the Midland Bank on Denmark Hill or in the hut on the island over the toilets - and hearing my colleague at Aldgate say at 0730 "the bridge is up" caused the blood to run cold. The answer to our stock question "how many have you got" usually caused the knees to buckle "all of them!" (My colleague regulating the 78s at Peckham Hill Street was a tad better off as he usually had some up his sleeve due to the longer route and southern end to the Dulwich Plough).
Don't ever let anyone tell you that in the halcyon days of LTB/LTE - buses and crews couldn't be poached. It was common practice - prior to OMO introduction - to 'borrow' a 40A or 35 (Q allocation) to run some Camberwell Green - Bricklayers Arms shorts just to get a Route happening!

This page dedicated to Martin Gray

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