Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AH
22LT
12LT
11LT
 
CF
9STL
10STL
8STL

HONOR OAK Forest Hill Tavern - Peckham Rye - Peckham - Peckham Hill Street - Old Kent Road - Bricklayers Arms - Elephant & Castle - Blackfriars - Farringdon Road - Kings Cross - Crowndale Road - Camden Town - CHALK FARM STATION ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) or Malden Road - HAMPSTEAD HEATH ( Sat pm / Sun )

1934 map
Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris - complete map available for sale as download or hard copy
The Greater London Bus Map
01.11.39
AH
26LT
21LT
19LT

HONOR OAK - KINGS CROSS
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Chalk Farm / Hampstead Heath

03.01.40
AH
26LT
27LT
16LT
 
P
5LT
5LT
--
 
TL
4ST
--
--

Old Kent Road and Catford (TL) allocations added

15.05.40
AH
26LT
21LT
7LT
 
CF
--
3STL
--
 
P
7LT
7LT
8LT

Mon-Fri only Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn
Saturday Chalk Farm (CF) introduced
Sunday Old Kent Road (P) introduced

20.11.40
AH
27LT
22LT
7LT
 
P
7LT
7LT
8LT

Saturday only Chalk Farm (CF) withdrawn

29.10.41
AH
27LT
25LT
15LT

Daily Old Kent Road (P) allocation withdrawn

26.10.49
AH
31RT
25RT
15RT

Converted to RT operation

RT1493

RT1493 York Way stand

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

03.05.50
AH
31RT
25RT
15RT
1950 entry
Taken from 1950 allocation book, which is for sale
06.01.54
PM
34RT
27RT
15RT

Nunhead (AH) garage closed - allocation transferred to Peckham (PM).

15.09.54
PM
38RT
32RT
17RT

CRYSTAL PALACE (Mon-Sat)  - Upper Sydenham - Lordship Lane - HONOR OAK (Suns) - KINGS CROSS
Mon-Sat extended from Honor Oak to Crystal Palace

30.04.58
PM
33RT
30RT
14RT
63 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
12.10.60
PM
33RT
25RT
13RT

CRYSTAL PALACE - KINGS CROSS
Sunday extended from Honor Oak to Crystal Palace

01.02.61
PM
33RT
27RT
13RT
 
HT
6RM
8RM
4RM

CRYSTAL PALACE - Upper Sydenham - Lordship Lane - Honor Oak - Peckham Rye - Peckham - Old Kent Road - Elephant - Blackfriars - Farringdon Road - Kings Cross - Royal College Street - Kentish Town - Highgate Road - PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS.
Extended to Parliament Hill Fields as part of Stage 9 of the Trolleybus Replacement Program.

1961 times
17.07.63
PM
33RM
22RM
13RM
 
HT
6RM
9RM
5RM

RT type replaced by Routemasters at Peckham garage.

RM1704

RM1704 (PM) Parliament Hill Fields

© JGS Smith

 

09.10.63
PM
33RM
--
--
 
HT
6RM
--
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (Mon-Fri)
Sat and Sun diverted at Kings Cross to Hampstead Heath and renumbered 63A.

1968 entry
Taken from September 1968 allocation book, which is for sale
24.01.70
PM
36RM
19RM
9RM

CRYSTAL PALACE - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Sat) Pancras Road  -  Royal College Street  -  Kentish Town  - Prince of Wales Road  -  Malden Road  -  Fleet Road  -  HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Suns)
Saturday / Sunday re-introduced and extended from Kings Cross to Hampstead Heath
via weekday 45 restoring a Sunday service that had been lost when the 45 was cut back to Farringdon Street in 1966.

17.06.72
PM
36RM
19RM
8RM

CRYSTAL PALACE - KINGS CROSS
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Hampstead Heath - this section replaced by Sunday 46.

27.09.76
PM111+
36MD
20MD
8MD

Routemasters replaced by Scania double deckers.

MD13

MD13 York Way

© Paul Davis

01.10.79
PM111+
32MD+
16MD
8MD
    1MD/36A    
logo The route became part of Selkent District
04.09.82
PM111+
27RM
16RM
6RM

Scanias replaced by Routemasters.

RM1401

RM1401 Crystal Palace

This image available with the Routemaster download

02.11.85
PM121+
30T
15T
7T

Converted to One Person Operation.

01.04.89
PM121+
28T+
15T
7T
    1T/78    
london central logo London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

29.01.94
PM121+
29T
17T
6T

Operating base moved to Copeland Road

29.10.94
PM121+
29T
17T
6T
lc logo London Central purchased by Go-Ahead
T624

T624 Crystal Palace

This image available on the
Titan download


22.01.00
PM121+
29AVL
17AVL
6AVL

Converted to low floor operation

avl

AVL23 New Kent Road

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

16.11.02
PM121+
29AVL
17AVL
6AVL
lc logo Contract renewal
17.05.03
PM121+
24PVL
16PVL
11PVL

KINGS CROSS - HONOR OAK
Withdrawn between Honor Oak and Crystal Palace - withdrawn section replaced by Route 363

PVL340

PVL340 Goods Way - Kings Cross

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

14.11.09
PM121+
27WVL
20WVL
16WVL
logo Contract renewal - and new Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini 10.4m double deckers introduced. Frequency increase
WVL305

WVL305 Elephant & Castle

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

15.11.14
PM121+
27WVL
20WVL
16WVL
logo Contract extended for two years

12.11.16
PM121+
33MCH
24MCH
19MCH

KINGS CROSS - HONOR OAK
Contract renewal with new buses

DOE13 MHV50
In March Putney High Street was restricted to low emission buses thus a proportion of Peckham's allocation was exchanged with Sutton in order to have Route 93 comply.. DOE13 is one of the recipients from Sutton along with the new order MHV50 both seen at New Kent Road at the Bricklayers Arms junction
© Ian Armstrong

Operating Garages

AH Nunhead
Changeover point Peckham Rye


PM Peckham
Changeover point Peckham

HT Highgate
Changeover point Kentish Town.

TL Catford
Changeover point ?

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point ?

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point Harmood Street

Current times for Route 63 live stands Tender Specs Route 063 fares

Special thanks to Brian Polley for additional information