Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AV
2ST+
4ST
4ST
   
1ST/37
   

HOUNSLOW GARAGE - Hounslow West - Cranford - Harlington Corner - Harmondsworth - Longford - Bath Road. Colnbrook - Langley - Slough - Eton - WINDSOR CASTLE

81 map

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

30.10.35
AV
3ST
8ST
4ST

HOUNSLOW - WINDSOR CASTLE or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys )
Mon-Sat journeys diverted at Bath Road to Cranford Queens Head from Hounslow

08.04.36
AV
3ST+
8ST
--
    1ST/37    
 
HW
--
--
4STL

Sunday Hounslow (AV) allocation replaced by Southall (HW)

12.10.38
AV
3ST+
8ST
2ST
    2ST/33    

Sunday Southall (HW) replaced by Hounslow (AV) allocation

03.05.39
AV
3ST+
8ST
--
    2ST/33    
 
HW
--
--
5STL

Sunday Hounslow (AV) allocation replaced by Southall (HW)

07.06.39
HW
5STL
9STL
5STL

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm/Sun) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys )
Hounslow (AV) allocation withdrawn
Mon-Fri / Sat am withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

06.12.39
HW
5STL
9STL
5STL

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am/evgs / Sun evgs) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat afts /Sun except evgs) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys )
Sat/Sun evenings withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

20.03.40
AV
--
--
5ST
 
HW
5STL
10STL
--

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am / evgs) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat afts /Sun) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys )
Sun evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor
Sunday Hounslow (AV) allocation reinstated at the expense of Southall (HW)

15.05.40
AV
--
--
5ST
 
HW
5STL
10STL
--

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys )
Saturday evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor

24.11.40
AV
--
--
5ST
 
HW
5STL
10STL
--

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun ) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( Mon-Sat journeys / Sun evenings)
Sun evenings service to CRANFORD Queens Head introduced

11.06.41
AV
6ST
7ST+
5ST
     
3ST/98
 

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( evenings only )
Daytime service to CRANFORD Queens Head withdrawn
Southall (HW )allocation withdrawn

29.10.41
AV
6ST
6ST+
5ST
     
4ST/98
 

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am / Sun evenings) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun except evenings) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( evenings only )
Sun evenings withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

29.03.42
AV
6ST
6ST+
5ST
     
4ST/98
 

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( evenings only )
Sun evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor

18.11.42
AV
10ST+
11ST+
8ST
   
1ST/117
3ST/98
 

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am/ Sun evenings) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun except evenings) or CRANFORD Queens Head ( evenings only )
Sun evenings withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

30.12.42
AV
10ST+
11ST+
8ST
   
1ST/117
3ST/98
 

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am / Sun evenings) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun except evenings)
CRANFORD Queens Head journeys withdrawn

21.04.43
AV
12ST
14ST
16ST

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH (( Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun )
Sun evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor

05.05.43
AV
12ST
14ST
16ST

HOUNSLOW - HARMONDSWORTH Peggy Bedford ( Sun am ) - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun pm )
Sun am withdrawn between Harmondsworth and Windsor

27.10.43
AV
@12ST
14ST
8ST
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW - HARMONDSWORTH Peggy Bedford ( Sun am ) - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am / Sun evenings) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun afts )
Sun evenings withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

23.04.44
AV
@12ST
@14ST
16ST
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW - HARMONDSWORTH Peggy Bedford ( Sun am ) - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun )
Sun evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor

29.10.44
AV
@12ST
@14ST
9ST
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW - HARMONDSWORTH Peggy Bedford ( Sun am ) - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am / Sun evenings) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm / Sun afts )
Sun evenings withdrawn between Slough and Windsor

06.05.45
AV
@13ST
@13ST
12ST
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW - HARMONDSWORTH Peggy Bedford ( Sun am ) - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun )
Sun evenings reinstated between Slough and Windsor

15.07.45
AV
@13ST
@13ST
12ST
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW - SLOUGH ( Mon-Fri/ Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm /Sun )
Sun am reinstated between Harmondsworth and Windsor

20.10.48
AV
@18RT
@17RT
18RT
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW GARAGE - SLOUGH STATION ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - WINDSOR CASTLE ( Sat pm/Sunday )
RT type introduced

81 times

Scanned from August 1949 Red Book

Note the service interval Sundae between Hounslow and Harmondsworth

01.05.57
AV
@17RT
12RT+
12RT
     
2RT/98A
 
@ joint with Route 81A

Saturday service on Route 81A withdrawn thus joint allocation ceased

RT4301

RT4301 performs a weekend duty to Windsor Castle and shares the stand with RT2314 on an 81B

This image available with the
Nostalgia download

05.12.62
AV
@9RT
12RT
7RM
@ joint with Route 81A

Sunday converted to RM buses spare ex 117

08.05.63
AV
9RT
12RT
8RM
@ joint with Route 81A

HOUNSLOW Bus Station - SLOUGH STATION
Withdrawn between Slough & Windsor.

23.01.66
AV
9RT
7RM
6RM
@ joint with Route 81A

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Suns) - Goldhawk Road - Turnham Green - Brentford - Isleworth - London Road HOUNSLOW Bus Station ( Mon-Sat ) - SLOUGH STATION
Sunday extended from Hounslow to Shepherds Bush Green via 117

15.01.68
AV
@9RT
>>7RM
6RM
@ joint with Route 81A  & Route 81C >> Joint with 81C

Mon-Sat joint allocation introduced with Route 81C ( Slough & Heathrow )

23.08.69
AV
@6RM
@6RM
3RM
@ joint with Route 81C

HOUNSLOW Bus Station - SLOUGH STATION
Sunday withdrawn between Hounslow to Shepherds Bush Green - this section replaced by Route 117
Mon-Fri RM introduction

18.04.70
AV
8SM
7SM
4SM

Daily Route converted to OPO - joint allocation with 81C withdrawn

SM30

SM30 at Hounslow West

This image available with the
Single Deck download

20.01.73
AV
8SMS
7SMS
4SMS

Converted from SM to SMS.

22.08.76
AV101+
8LS
7LS
4LS

 Converted from SMS to LS

LS40

LS40 Slough Bus Station

This image available with the
Single Deck download

13.07.85
LBL
dd
dd
dd

Operation transferred to London Bus Lines

LN32

Leyland Olympia Northern Counties 32 Hounslow High Street

This image available with the
First London download

29.07.95
WK
7DA
7DA
3DA

Route transferred to Westlink (Hounslow Heath)

DA6

DA6 Hounslow West

This image available with the
Single Deck download

19.11.95
AV91+
--
--
3LS
 
WK21+
7DA
7DA
--

Sunday allocation transferred to London United(AV)

04.01.97
WK21+
7DA
7DA
3DA

Sunday allocation transferred back to Westlink - Hounslow Heath (WK)

23.02.98
WK21+
7DA
7DA
3DA

Rerouted at all times towards Slough Bus Station via Wellington Street calling at Queensmere Road to serve Queensmere and Observatory Shopping Centre.
On Mon-Sat until 2000 buses towards Hounslow will run via Church Street - Herschel Street and Alpha Street. After 2000 and on Sunday they will run via Wellington Street as now

81 map
29.03.98
AV91+
--
--
2LX
 
WK21+
7DA
7DA
--

Sunday allocation transferred to London United (AV)
04.01.99
AV91+
--
--
2LX
 
WK901+
7DA
7DA
--


One Mon-Fri morning peak journey operated by Hounslow (AV)

04.09.99
AV91+
1M
--
2LX
 
HH901+
5LX/2M
5LX/2M
--

DA type vehicles withdrawn.

LX4

Leyland Lynx LX4 Hounslow Bus Station

This image available with the
Single Deck download

24.06.00
AV351+
5LX
5LX
2DP
 
AV361+
2L
2L
--
LU LOGO Westlink allocation transferred to Hounslow (AV)

31.03.01
AV351+
10DP
9DP
4DP
 
AV361+
1L
--
--


Converted to single deck low floor operation except for Mon-Fri am peak when one Olympian operated

DP3

DP3 Bath Road Heathrow

This image available with theTransdev download

05.10.02
HH321+
10DP
10DP
5DP
 
HH331+
1M
--
--

Allocation transferred to Hounslow Heath
This made room at Hounslow for the 419 which made space at V for the 49 which made space at Shepherds Bush for the new 148

30.07.05
HH321+
10DP
10DP
5DP
 
HH331+
1VA
--
--

Contract renewal

03.09.05
HH321+
9DP
11DP
6DP
 
HH331+
2VA
--
--

Double deck journeys introduced all day instead of just isolated peak journeys.

12.11.05
AV251+
9DP
10DP
5DP
 
AV115
TA ex 120
--
--

Allocation moved to Hounslow - H22 replaced.

04.04.06
AV251+
9DP
10DP
5DP
 
AV115
TA ex 120
--
--
LOGO LONDON UNITED logo replaced by Transdev

12.05.07
AV251+
13DP
13DP
7VA
 
AV266+
2TA
--
--

Frequency increase

25.08.07
AV251+
15DP
13DP
7VA
 
AV266+
2TA
--
--

Projected out of Route to Isleworth Fire Station stand upon start on works at Hounslow Bus Station

May 08
AV251+
15DP
13DP
7DP
 
AV266+
2TA
--
--

Sunday Route reverted to single deck.

27.06.09
AV251+
14DP
12DP
7DP
 
AV266+
2TA
--
--

Stand working reverted to Hounslow Bus Station.

10.10.09
AV251+
13TA
12TA
7TA

Converted to double deck operation.

vp130

VP130 Bath Road - Heathrow

This image available with theTransdev download

31.07.10
AV251+
13VA
12VA
7VA

Contract extended for two years

03.03.11
AV251+
13VA
12VA
7VA
RATP LOGO TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP
VA76

VA76 seen with the new logo leaving Hounslow Bus Station

This image available with theTransdev download

28.05.11
AV251+
14VA
13VA
7VA

Diverted in Slough to new Bus Station

SP38

The Polish Scanias occasionally see service on the route as shown here by SP38 in Hounslow High Street

This image available with theTransdev download

28.07.12
AV251+
14ADE
13ADE
7ADE

Contract renewal

29.07.17
AV251+
15ADE
13ADE
10ADE

Contract extended for two years

ADE11

ADE11 seen in Slough

© Lawrence Living

 

windsor 1950 windsor 1958 Hayes 1949
All the above timetables can be purchased as pdf files and all contain comprehensive times for Route 81 or go to Sales List for all district timetables

Operating Garages

AV Hounslow
Changeover point - Hounslow Garage.

WK Westlink
Changeover point A4/A312 lay by or Hounslow Bus Station.

LBL Isleworth/Southall
Changeover point - Hounslow Garage.

 

 

 

81 times 81 live 81 stands Tender Specs Route 81 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Thursday, 03.08.17