Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
V
9NS
10NS
--

HAMMERSMITH Brook Green - Castelnau - Barnes Common - Roehampton Lane - Roehampton - Dover House Road - Barnes Common - Castelnau - BROOK GREEN
( Circular both directions )

1934 map

Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

27.05.36
AF
8STL
9STL
--


Turnham Green (V) allocation replaced by Chelverton Road (AF)

24.03.37
AF
8STL
3STL
10STL
 
X
--
5ST
--

HAMMERSMITH Brook Green - Castelnau - Barnes Common - Roehampton Lane - Roehampton - Kingston Vale - Kingston By Pass - Malden - TOLWORTH RISE
Diverted at Roehampton via Kingston By Pass to Tolworth
Saturday only Middle Row (X) allocation introduced

13.04.38
AF
8STL
4STL
11STL
 
X
--
5ST
--

HAMMERSMITH Brook Green - TOLWORTH RISE ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - Hook - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Sat pm / Suns )
Saturday pm and Sunday extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo

12.10.38
AF
5STL
5STL
5STL
 
V
5ST
5ST
6ST

EAST ACTON Ducane Road - TOLWORTH RISE
Extended from Hammersmith to East Acton replacing withdrawn section of Route 93
Suspended for winter months between Tolworth and Chessington
Saturday only  Middle Row (X) withdrawn
Daily Turnham Green (V) introduced

04.01.39
AF
5STL
5STL
5STL
 
V
5ST
5ST
6ST

Diverted in Tolworth via Kingston Road instead of Warren Drive

05.04.39
AF
5STL
6STL
13STL
 
V
5ST
6ST
--


EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Sat pm / Suns )
Saturday pm and Sunday extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo
Sunday Turnham Green (V) allocation withdrawn

03.05.39
AF
10STL
12STL
13STL

Turnham Green (V) allocation withdrawn

22.11.39
AF
10STL
12STL
13STL

EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE
Suspended for winter months between Tolworth and Chessington

20.03.40
AF
11STL
8STL
10STL

EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Suns )
Sunday extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo

15.05.40
AF
10RT
8RT
10RT


EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Sat pm / Suns )
Saturday pm extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo
RT type introduced

20.11.40
AF
10RT
11RT
10RT

EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE
Suspended for winter months between Tolworth and Chessington

05.03.41
AF
10RT
11RT
10RT

EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Fri am journey )
Mon-Fri journey extended from Tolworth to Hook

02.04.41
AF
10RT
11RT
7RT
 
ON
--
--
7STL

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) Preston Road - Wembley - Ealing Road - Alperton - Hanger Lane - Western Avenue - EAST ACTON Ducane Road- TOLWORTH RISE - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Fri am journey ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Suns )
Sunday extended from East Acton to North Wembley  replacing withdrawn Route 79 between Alperton and North Wembley
Sunday extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo
Sunday Alperton (ON) allocation added

29.10.41
R
16LT
12LT
8LT
 
ON
--
--
7STL

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON Ducane Road ( Mon-Sat )- TOLWORTH RISE ( Mon-Sat ) - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Fri am journey ) -
Suspended for winter months between Tolworth and Chessington
Daily Chelverton Road (AF) allocation replaced by Riverside (R)

26.11.41
AF
16RT
12RT
8RT
 
ON
--
--
5STL


Daily Riverside (R) allocation withdrawn in favour of Chelverton Road (AF)

25.03.42
AF
16RT
12RT
7RT
 
ON
--
--
7STL


NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat )- TOLWORTH RISE - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Fri am journey ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO ( Suns )
Sunday extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo

08.04.42
AF
16RT
12RT
7RT
 
ON
--
--
7STL

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat )- TOLWORTH RISE - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Fri am journey )
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington Zoo

22.04.42
AF
15RT
12RT
6RT
 
ON
--
--
7STL

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat )- TOLWORTH RISE ( Suns ) - HOOK Ace of Spades( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Sat extended from Tolworth to Hook

30.09.42
AF
14RT
13RT
7RT
 
ON
--
--
7STL

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat ) - Tolworth - Hook - Hinchley Wood - ESHER High Street
Extended from Tolworth / Hook to Esher

12.11.47
ON
--
--
14G
 
R
18ST+
8ST
8LT+
11LT
    3LT/17 1LT/17  

NORTH WEMBLEY Preston Road ( Suns ) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat ) -- ESHER High Street
Daily Chelverton Road (AF) allocation replaced by Riverside (R)

13.04.49
R
18RTL+
13RTL
11RTL
    2RTL/17    

EAST ACTON -- ESHER High Street
Withdrawn between East Acton and North Wembley - replaced by 79 reintroduction
Sunday only Alperton (ON) withdrawn

26.10.49
R
18RTL+
13RTL
7RTL
    2RTL/17    
 
X
--
--
7RT

Sunday only Middle Row (X) reinstated

03.05.50
R
18RTL
13RTL
11RTL

Sunday only Middle Row (X) allocation withdrawn - replaced by 72A

11.10.50
R
18RTL
13RTL
7RTL
 
X
--
--
7RT

Sunday only Middle Row (X) reinstated

22.10.52
R
18RTL
13RTL
12RTL

Sunday only Middle Row (X) allocation withdrawn

06.05.53
R
19RTL
13RTL
6RTL
 
X
--
--
6RT

Sunday only Middle Row (X) reinstated

07.10.53
R
18RTL
12RTL
12RTL

Sunday only Middle Row (X) allocation withdrawn

19.05.54
R
18RTL
12RTL
6RTL
 
X
--
--
6RT

Sunday only Middle Row (X) reinstated

06.10.54
R
18RTL
12RTL
12RTL

Sunday only Middle Row (X) allocation withdrawn.

30.04.58
R
18RTL+
12RTL
12RTL
    2RTL/17    

72 times

Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List


20.08.58
R
19RTL
12RTL
12RTL

ESHER - EAST ACTON ; - Western Avenue - Gypsy Corner - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (Mon-Fri peaks)
Monday-Friday peaks extended from E Acton to Park Royal Stadium replacing withdrawn Route 17 journeys.

26.11.58
R
17RTL
11RTL
11RTL

ESHER (M-S) - TOLWORTH Toby Jug (Sundays) - EAST ACTON ; - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (M-F peaks)
Withdrawn Sundays between Tolworth & Esher.

RTL492

RTL492 Butterwick

This image for sale
RTL CD

14.10.59
R
18RTL
11RTL
--

ESHER (M-S) - EAST ACTON ( Mon-Sat ); - PARK ROYAL STADIUM (M-F peaks)
Sunday Route diverted via DuCane Road instead of Westway and renumbered 72A.


01.10.65
R
19RT
11RT
--

RTL type withdrawn in favour of RT

23.01.66
R
18RT
11RT
10RT

PARK ROYAL STADIUM (M-F peaks) - EAST ACTON - Du Cane Road - White City - TOLWORTH Toby Jug (Sundays) - ESHER (Monday-Saturday)
Diverted at East Acton via Du Cane Road replacing withdrawn Route 71
Reintroduced on Sunday replacing withdrawn 72A

31.12.66
R
18RT
9RM
8RM

EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH (Saturday & Sunday) - ESHER (Monday-Friday)
Withdrawn between Park Royal and East Acton
Saturday withdrawn between Tolworth & Esher - Sat/Sun RM allocation introduced.

1970 map

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

It should be noted that Green Line 715 was a good alternative between Hammersmith & Esher

24.01.70
R
19RT
9RT
8RT

EAST ACTON - Du Cane Road - White City - Shepherds Bush - Hammersmith - Barnes - Roehampton - Kingston Vale - New Malden - Tolworth - Ewell Road  -  RedLion Road  -  Thornhill Road  -  Hook Road  -  Hinchley Wood - Hampton Court Way - HAMPTON COURT STATION ;- Hampton Court Road - HAMPTON Grammar School (Monday-Friday school journeys)
Withdrawn between Maquis of Granby and Esher, diverted instead to Hampton Court and onto Hampton Grammar School replacing Route 152 over this section
Diverted at Tolworth via Red Lion Road and Thornhill Road instead of direct via Kingston By Pass repacing Route 152 over this section

Weekend reverted to RT type as permission was not given for RM type to operate via Red Lion Road and Thornhill Road.

1970 tt
Taken from April 1970 Red Book
18.11.72
R
19RT
9RT
8RT

EAST ACTON Brunel Road (Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON - HAMPTON COURT STN - HAMPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL (Mon-Fri school journeys)
Monday-Friday peaks extended in East Acton to Brunel Road.

RT921

RT921 Hampton Court Station stand

This image available with the RT.RTL.RTW download at Bus Photos

20.10.73
R
16RT
10RT
6RM

EAST ACTON Brunel Road (Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON - NEW MALDEN Police Station (Sun am) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY (MS/ Sun pm)
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Hampton Court/Hampton.
Route to Hampton Court replaced by amended 152.
Hampton Grammar School journeys provided by new 152A
RM type re-introduced on Sundays.

18.05.75
R
15RT
8RT
7RM

EAST ACTON Brunel Road (Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Sundays)
Sundays extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo.

RM1883

RM1883 takes a good load on at Butterwick
CHESSINGTON ZOO is upside down in this view

This image available with the RT.RTL.RTW download at Bus Photos

14.12.75
R
15RM
8RM
7RM

Converted from RT to RM operation daily

31.03.79
R101+
11RM
7RM
7RM

Journeys diverted via Alton East Estate at Roehampton.

31.01.81
S101+
14DMS
8DMS
7DMS

Riverside lost allocations on both the 9 and 72 but gained a new allocation on the 73
Converted to OPO operation.

D2613

D2613 seen at one of the favourite spots for photographers

Part of the Jeff Lloyd collection

23.01.82
Rerouted n/b in Roehampton via Alton Road.

04.09.82
S101+
12DMS
8DMS
5DMS


EAST ACTON Brunel Road
(Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON DuCane Road - TOLWORTH BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington Zoo

29.01.83
NB141+
9LS
7LS
8LS
 
S101+
4DMS
3DMS
--


EAST ACTON Brunel Road
(Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON DuCane Road - TOLWORTH BROADWAY - Surbiton - KINGSTON (MS shopping hours)
Daily NB allocation added - to give more work to Norbiton who lost the 219 at this time
Sunday S allocation withdrawn.
Route extended from Tolworth to Kingston Monday-Saturday shopping hours.

M193

M193 seen with the unusual destination
TOLWORTH and Kingston

This image available with the
Metrobus download

31.08.83
NB141+
9LS
7LS
8LS
 
S101+
4M
3M
--

Shepherds Bush DMS allocation converted to M.

04.02.84
S101+
11M
8M
5M

EAST ACTON Brunel Road (Mon-Fri peaks) - EAST ACTON DuCane Road - TOLWORTH BROADWAY
Daily NB withdrawn and extension from Tolworth to Kingston withdrawn.

25 May 1985
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Suns)
Extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo on Sundays for the summer months

5 October 1985
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington

24 May 1986
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Suns)
Extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo on Sundays for the summer months

28 September 1986
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington

23 May 1987
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Suns)
Extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo on Sundays for the summer months

31 October 1987
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington

21 May 1988
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Suns)
Extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo on Sundays for the summer months

24 September 1988
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH BROADWAY
Withdrawn between Tolworth and Chessington

3O April 1989
EAST ACTON - TOLWORTH ( Mon-Sat ) - CHESSINGTON ZOO (Suns)
Extended from Tolworth to Chessington Zoo on Sundays ( winter as well)

01.04.89
S101+
11M
8M
5M
logo London United commenced operating as one of 12 operating subsidiaries of London Buses in preparation for privatisation
25.05.91
S101+
9M
9M
4M


EAST ACTON Brunel Road - ROEHAMPTON Bessborough Road

Withdrawn south of Roehampton and extended all day in East Acton to Brunel Road.
The section from Roehampton to Tolworth replaced by Route 265.

11.04.92
S101+
11DR
10DR
6DR

Route converted to midibus operation

dr109

A lot of shots taken at Butterwick - DR109 joins the flock

This image available with the
Single Deck download

24.10.92
B31+
11DR
11DR
6DR

Allocation transferred to Wood Lane Base.

01.04.95
S31+
11DR
10DR
6DR


Wood Lane Base closure - allocation transferred back to Shepherds Bush

05.09.99
S81+
14DPS
13DPS
7DPS

Start of low floor operation - running number sequence changed - H40 assumed 31+

72 map
Map scanned from leaflet dated 28.10.00
24.01.04
S101+
14DPS
13DPS
7DPS
Night Service
S411+
ex day
3DPS
ex day

Start of new contract.
N72 number discontinued thus route now has 24 hour service - Saturday night dedicated allocation with different running number sequence - other nights buses taken off day time allocation

DP78

DPS78 Ducane Road

This image available with theTransdev download

04.04.06
S101+
16DPS
15DPS
10DPS
Night Service
S411+
ex day
3DPS
ex day
LOGO LONDON UNITED logo replaced by Transdev
DPS2

DPS2 is seen at Brook Green

This image available with theTransdev download

05.09.09
S101+
16DE
15DE
10DE
Night Service
S411+
3DE
3DE
3DE
LOGO Start of new contract with new E200 Darts

03.03.11
S101+
16DE
15DE
10DE
Night Service
S411+
3DE
3DE
3DE
RATP LOGO TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP

DE44

DE44 White City Station

This image available with theTransdev download

14.07.14
S101+
28DE
28DE
19DE
Night Service
S411+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Daily short workings introduced between Roehampton and Brook Green in connection with Putney Bridge closure but continued hen the bridge was opened.

06.09.14
S101+
28DE
28DE
19DE
Night Service
S411+
3DE
3DE
3DE


Contract extended for two years

03.09.16
S101+
28DE
28DE
19DE
Night Service
S411+
3DE
3DE
3DE

Contract renewal


Operating Garages

R Riverside
Changeover point Butterwick or Hammersmith Bridge Road

S Shepherds Bush
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Road - The Grampians

Since shorts introduced some reliefs at Brook Green stand

NB Norbiton
Changeover point at garage

X Middle Row
Changeover point not known.

AF Chelverton Road
Changeover point Barnes - Railway Hotel ?

ON Alperton
Changeover point outside garage

72 times 38 live 72 stands Tender Specs 72 Fares

 

 

 

1950 TIMES 1955 times
 
 

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