Route History

52 Fares


Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AE
13STL
14STL
--
 
Q
7STL
8STL
8STL
4ST
 
X
13STL
9STL
13STL
3ST

VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Knightsbridge - Kensington - Notting Hill Gate - Ladbroke Grove - - Kensal Rise - Willesden - Neasden - Blackbird Cross - Church Lane - Kingsbury - Roe Green - Burnt Oak Station - Deans Lane - Apex Corner - Watford Way - MILL HILL BROADWAY

30.01.35
AE
12STL
13STL
--
 
Q
7STL
8STL
8STL
4ST
 
X
11STL
2Q
6STL
2Q
13STL
2Q

VICTORIA STATION - MILL HILL Green Man
Withdrawn between Green Man and Broadway at Mill Hill

17.04.35
AE
12STL
13STL
13STL
 
Q
7STL
8STL
8STL
3ST
 
X
11STL
2Q
6STL
2Q
12STL
2Q

Sunday Hendon (AE) introduced

07.06.39
AC
25STL+
--
--
    1STL/6
1STL/8
   
 
AE
--
11STD
11STD
 
Q
10STL
7STL
9STL
 
X
--
17ST+
12ST
      4ST/77  

Mon-Fri Willesden (AC) introduced
Mon-Fri Hendon (AE) withdrawn
Mon-Fri Middle row (X) withdrawn

13.12.39
AC
24STL
24STL
19STL
 
Q
11STL
11STL
8STL

Hendon (AE) and Middle Row (X) allocations withdrawn

20.03.40
AC
24STL
24STL
19STL
 
GM
11STL
11STL
7STL

Camberwell (Q) withdrawn in favour of Gillingham Street (GM)

22.01.41
AC
25STL
25STL
19STL
 
GM
11STL
11STL
7STL

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man - Deans Lane - Selvage Lane - Barnet By Pass - Stirling Corner - Elstree Way - Shenley Road - ELSTREE STATION ( Mon-Sat peaks )
Mon-Sat peaks extended from Mill Hill to Elstree

14.05.41
AC
25STL
25STL
19STL
 
GM
11STL
11STL
7STL

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man - BOREHAMWOOD Drayton Road ( Mon-Sat peaks )
Mon-Sat peak journeys withdrawn between Drayton Road and Elstree Station

13.08.41
AC
27STL
28STL
19STL
 
GM
11STL
11STL
7STL

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man - BOREHAMWOOD Warwick Road( Mon-Sat peaks )
Mon-Sat peaks journeys withdrawn between Warwick Road and Drayton Road

29.10.41
AC
21STL
26STL
19STL
 
GM
14RT
10RT
7RT

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man - BOREHAMWOOD Drayton Road ( Mon-Sat peaks )
Mon-Sat peaks journeys reinstated between Warwick Road and Drayton Road
RT type introduced at Gillingham Street (GM)

03.06.42
AC
25STL
25STL
19STL
 
GM
14RT
10RT
7RT

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man - BOREHAMWOOD Warwick Road ( Mon-Sat peaks )
Mon-Sat peaks journeys withdrawn between Warwick Road and Drayton Road

11.10.50
AC
41RT
29RT
21RT
 
GM
15RT
18RT
21RT

STL class withdrawn in favour of RT

25.07.51
AC
41RT
29RT
21RT
 
GM
15RT
18RT
21RT

VICTORIA   - MILL HILL Green Man;- BOREHAMWOOD Elstree Way Hotel (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Withdrawn in Borehamwood between Warwick Road and Drayton Road and terminal changed to Elstree Way Hotel.

18.02.53
AC
43RT
33RT
17RT
 
GM
15RT
18RT
27RT

VICTORIA - Stirling Corner - Furzehill Road - Manor Way - Elstree Way - BOREHAMWOOD Drayton Road.
Extended from Mill Hill to Drayton Road at all times and
diverted via Manor Way instead of Barnet By Pass

03.02.54
AC
43RT
35RT
18RT
 
GM
15RT
18RT
27RT

VICTORIA   - Theobald Street - Gateshead Road - BOREHAMWOOD Brook Road
Extended in Borehamwood to Brook Road.
The route ran in two sections Brook Road to Willesden daily and Drayton Road to Victoria Mon-Fri peaks and Mill Hill Green Man to Victoria daily.

06.10.54
AC
28RT
27RT
9RT
 
EW
6RT
5RT
11RT
 
GM
28RT
23RT
25RT

Daily EW allocation introduced.

30.11.55
AC
22RTL
19RTL
11RTL
 
EW
--
--
12RT
 
GM
27RT
25RT
20RT

VICTORIA - MILL HILL ( Monday-Saturday ) - BOREHAMWOOD Drayton Road ( Monday-Friday peaks ) - BOREHAMWOOD Brook Road ( Sundays )
Monday-Saturday withdrawn between Mill Hill and Borehamwood except for peak journeys to Drayton Road.
Replaced by new 52A Borehamwood & Colindale.
Monday-Saturday EW allocation withdrawn. AC RT allocation replaced by RTL.

RTL70

RTL70 (AC) waits for a Sunday departure from Victoria to Brook Road

This image availabe on the
RTL download

27.05.56
AC
22RTL
19RTL
16RTL
 
EW
--
--
13RT
 
GM
27RT
25RT
17RT

VICTORIA - MILL HILL ;-(Monday-Saturday) - BOREHAMWOOD Drayton Road (Monday-Friday peaks) - BOREHAMWOOD Rossington Avenue (Sundays)
Sunday extended in Borehamwood from Brook Road to Rossington Avenue.

52 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
18.08.59
AC
28RTL
26RTL
24RTL
 
EW
--
--
15RT
 
GM
17RTL
18RTL
7RTL
GM RT's replaced by RTL's

09.10.63
AC
28RTL
31RTL
19RTL
 
EW
--
--
17RT
 
GM
17RTL
14RTL
8RTL

VICTORIA - MILL HILL Green Man (Monday-Saturday) ; - BOREHAMWOOD Rossington Avenue (Monday-Friday peaks/Sundays)
Monday-Friday peaks extended in Borehamwood from Drayton Road to Rossington Avenue.

1964 Map of this period extracted from Mike Harris historical series

03.10.65
AC
26RTL
22RTL
16RM
 
EW
--
--
15RT
 
GM
17RTL
14RTL
6RM

Sunday AC & GM RTL allocations replaced by RM.

31.12.66
AC
15RM
22RM
15RM
 
GM
20RM
13RM
6RM

VICTORIA - MILL HILL BROADWAY - BOREHAMWOOD (Mon-Fri peaks / Sundays)
Diverted at Mill Hill via Orange Hill Road to Mill Hill Broadway - Borehamwood journeys via Watford Way

07.09.68
AC
26RM
27RM
15RM
 
GM
12RM
8RM
6RM

1968 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
 


25.10.69
AC
25RM
19RM
12RM
 
GM
11RM
7RM
5RM

VICTORIA - MILL HILL BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Mill Hill and Borehamwood

24.01.70
AC
25RM
20RM
13RM
 
X
11RM
7RM
5RM

GM allocation transferred to X.

SRM10

Silver Jubilee SRM10 (RM1914) at 
Hyde Park Corner

This image available with the Routemaster download

15.08.81
AC81+
22RM
18RM
--
 
X41+
--
--
11RM

VICTORIA - MILL HILL BROADWAY

Victoria to Ladbroke Grove short workings extended to Westbourne Park Station and renumbered 52A.
Monday-Saturday X allocation transferred to 52A. Sunday AC allocation withdrawn.

04.09.82
AC81+
20RM
18RM
6RM
 
X41+
--
--
2RM

Sunday AC allocation re-introduced.

23.04.83
AC81+
20RM
18RM
8RM

Sunday Westbourne Park (X) withdrawn

02.11.85
AC81+
19RM
19RM
5M
 
GM41+
--
--
10M

Sunday Route converted to OPO and GM re-introduced.

25.10.86
AC81+
22M
21M
5M
 
GM41+
--
--
10M


CONVERTED TO ONE PERSON OPERATION

1986 leaflet
Click image to expand
21.11.87
AC81+
22M
16M
11M

Sunday only GM allocation withdrawn.

15.03.88
AC81+
22M
16M
11M

Monday-Saturday shopping hours re-routed to serve Kensal Green Sainsbury's.

04.03.89
AC81+
19M
16M
11M
 
GM41+
9M
--
--

Monday-Friday 52A withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Victoria - Route increased to compensate.
Monday-Friday GM re-introduced.

02.03.91
AC81+
20M
17M
11M
 
GM
9M
8M
--

Saturday Route increased with the withdrawal of 52A.
Saturday GM allocation re-introduced to compensate for loss of 52A.

28.03.92
AC81+
14M
12M
10M
 
GM41+
9M
7M
--

VICTORIA - WILLESDEN GARAGE
Withdrawn between Willesden Garage and Mill Hill being replaced by 302 Mill Hill & Ladbroke Grove.


17.07.93
AC
13M
12M
4M
6LN
 
SW
9M
7M
--

GM Garage closed - allocation transferred to SW.

LN10

LN10 seen leaving the Pound Lane exit of Willesden Garage

This image available on the
Single Deck download

04.12.93
WD
22T
20T
10T

VICTORIA - WILLESDEN Roundwood Park
Operation transferred to London Coaches (WD) and extended in Willesden to Roundwood Park
Night Route commenced on this day as N52 - the first of the modern trend for 24 hour routes.

T419

T419 Buckingham Palace Road

This image available on the
Titan download

06.08.94
HR
22T
20T
10T

Operation transferred to Atlas Bus (Harlesden)

01.04.95
HR
22T
20T
10T

VICTORIA - WILLESDEN GARAGE
Withdrawn between Willesden Garage and Roundwood Park

25.11.95
AC
22T
20T
10T

Name changed to Metroline Atlas and transferred from HR to AC.

14.09.96
AC1+
22T
20T
10T

Atlas name dropped,

M151

M151 Hyde Park Corner

This image available on the
Metrobus download

25.01.97
AC1+
22AV
18AV
10AV


Converted from Titan to Volvo Olympian.

AV27

AV27 Buckingham Palace Road

This image is available on the Metroline download

01.01.01
AC251+
22VPL
18VPL
10VPL

Progressive conversion from AV to VPL started allowing AV type to be transferred to Route 260

52 map
Scanned from leaflet dated 01.09.01
10.12.05
AC251+
28VPL
27VPL
15VPL

Contract renewal

rml2263 VP558

On the occasion of Notting Hill Carnival the route was split into two sections - the direct Victoria to NHG was operated by RML type represented here by RML2263 (AC)

This image available with the RML download

VP558 Knightsbridge - this shorter version is usually on Route 6 or 98

This image is available on the Metroline download


27.06.09
AC251+
25VPL
23VPL
13VPL

VICTORIA   - WILLESDEN GARAGE
Victoria stand changed from Bus Station to Vauxhall Bridge Road. Buses set down in Terminus Place - then run dead to stand - first stop in Wilton Road on return - stand now occupied by   Route C2

VPL195

VPL195 Ladbroke Grove - crossing the Great Western track

This image is available on the Metroline download

11.12.10
AC251+
25VPL
23VPL
13VPL

Contract extended for two years

08.12.12
AC251+
24VW
24VW
14VW
Night Service
AC741+
3VW
3VW
3VW

Contract renewal and night service introduced - replacing Route N52 which was withdrawn

VW1398

VW1398 Hyde Park Corner

© Ian Armstrong

17.08.13
AC251+
24VW
24VW
14VW
Night Service
AC741+
3VW
3VW
3VW

New schedules - working timetables shown

 
Front seat live view Route 52

Operating Garages

Edgware
Changeover point Burnt Oak

HR Harlesden
Changeover point Willesden ?

AC Willesden
Changeover point Garage

X Middle Row
Changeover point Kensal Rise and Ladbroke Grove

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point ?

GM Victoria
Changeover point Victoria

SW Stockwell
Changeover point Victoria

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Victoria

AE Hendon
Changeover point not known

WD Wandsworth
Changeover point not known

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