Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
18.11.36
AK
16LT
17LT
14LT

CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town - Poynders Road - Clapham Park - Streatham Hill - Streatham Common - Greyhond Lane - Streatham Vale - Rownan Road - MITCHAM COMMON Horse & Groom
New route - replacing withdrawn section of Route 5 (now diverted at Clapham Common via Nightingale Lane to Raynes Park)

13.12.39
AK
15STL
14STL
14STL

Converted to STL type

07.01.42
AK
16STL
16STL
15STL
 
AL
7STL
6STL
7STL

CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town - Poynders Road - Clapham Park - Streatham Hill - Streatham Common - Greyhond Lane - Streatham Vale - Rownan Road  -  Mitcham Common  -  Fair Green  -  Wandle Road  -  Morden  -  Hillcross Avenue  -  Grand Drive  -  RAYNES PARK Junction Tavern
Extended from Mitcham Common to Raynes Park  which replaced withdrawn Route 50 Morden & Raynes Park
Daily Merton (AL) allocation introduced

1943 map
Extracted from 1943 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
Click map to enlarge
10.10.45
AK
20STL
19STL
14STL
 
AL
9D
9D
8D

Daimler type introduced at Merton (AL)

D58

The Daimler type represented here at Raynes Park by D58

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

02.05.51
AK
21STL
19STL
26RT
 
AL
10D/4STL
17D
10D

Sunday RT introduced at Streatham (AK)

07.10.53
AK
20RT
19RT
24RT
 
AL
14RT
17RT
10RT

Daily RT introduced at both AK and AL - the route then remained unaltered apart from schedule reductions until 1969.

30.04.58
AK
19RT+
19RT
15RT
    1RT/133
1RT/159
   
 
AL
12RT
15RT
14RT
1958 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
22.03.69
AK
18RT
14RT
10RT

CLAPHAM COMMON - MORDEN STATION
Withdrawn between Morden and Raynes Park - this section replaced by new flat fare Route M1

RT917

RT917 turning into Morden Station

© Malcolm Allan

19.07.69
AK
18RT
14RT
--
 
BN
--
--
10RT

Sunday allocation transferred to Brixton (BN)

17.06.72
AK
13RT
13RM
--
 
BN
5RT
--
9RT

Mon-Fri Brixton (BN) allocation added and Saturday Streatham (AK) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

12.05.73
AK
13RT
4RM
--
 
BN
5RT
7RT
9RT

Saturday Brixton (BN) allocation added at the expense of Streatham (AK)

14.12.75
AK
13RM
4RM
--
 
BN
5RM
5RM/2RT
5RM/4RT

Routemaster allocation introduced at Brixton (BN)

23.05.76
AK51+
13RM
4RM
--
 
BN121+
5RM
7RM
9RM

RT type withdrawn entirely

28.10.78
BN121+
17RM
10RM
5RM

Streatham(AK) allocation withdrawn.

RM249

RM249 Morden Station

This image available with the Routemaster download

27.04.85
BN121+
13M
8M
4M

Converted to double deck OPO

07.02.87
AK121+
13L
8L
4L

CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town - Clapham Park - Thornton Avenue - Streatham Hill - Streatham Vale - Mitcham Common - MORDEN STN
Diverted via Thornton Avenue instead of via BN Garage replacing withdrawn section of 137. The 137 was diverted via BN Garage - so in fact the two routes just swapped routeings.
BN allocation transferred to Streatham (AK) which would have been more convenient for changeovers and as a result the Route was converted to Olympian operation.

L35

L35 Streatham Vale

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

06.01.90
AK121+
12M
7M
3M

MORDEN - BRIXTON GARAGE - BRIXTON STATION (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Streatham Hill and Clapham Common - this section replaced by revised Route 60

M511

M511 is a long way from Metroline territory !

This image available on the
Metrobus download

10.08.91
AK121+
12M
7M
4DR

Sunday operation converted to Dart operation

DR29

DR29 at a deserted Morden Station

This image available on the
Single Deck download

14.03.92
BN21+
12T
7T
--
 
N251+
--
--
6DR

Streatham (AK) allocation withdrawn - MS transferred to Brixton (BN) and Sunday to Norwood (N).
Weekday Metrobus replaced by Titans.

03.02.93
BN21+
12T
7T
--
 
N251+
SR/322
SR/322
6DR

Evening service converted to midibus thus MS evgs buses from N

29.01.94
BN21+
12T
7T
--
 
N251+
SR/322
SR/322
6DR

MORDEN - BRIXTON STN
Extended from Brixton Garage to Brixton Station at all times not just Mon-Fri peaks.

23.03.96
BN21+
11M
11M
--
 
BN251+
--
--
7DRL

MS evening service converted back to double deck thus Norwood involvement withdrawn MS..

31.09.97
BN21+
11M
11M
6M

Sunday service converted back to double deck operation and transferred to Brixton (BN) thus N allocation withdrawn.

30.04.00
BN21+
11M
11M
6DDL

Sunday service converted to low floor single deck operation.

03.02.01
AL241+
12PVL
12PVL
7PVL
LG LOGO tart of new contract with LONDON GENERAL operated from Merton Garage (AL) with low floor double deck buses
04.02.06
AL241+
12PVL
12PVL
6PVL

Contract renewal

PVL116

PVL116 at Streatham - the spire of
St Leonard's Church can be seen

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

05.02.11
AL241+
12E
12E
6E
GO LOGO Contract renewal with new Enviro 400 buses.
E140

Enviro E140 is leaving the stand at Morden Station

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

06.02.16
AL241+
12E
12E
7E

Contract extended for two years

03.12.16
C1+
13E
13E
9E

BRIXTON  -  MORDEN
Transferred with Go Ahead from London General to metrobus
Allocation moved from Merton (AL) to Croydon (C)

28.01.17
SW1+
13E
12E
7E

Allocation moved again from Croydon (C) to Stockwell (SW)

Operating Garages

C Croydon
Changeover point Morden Station

SW Stockwell
Changeover point Brixton stand

AL Merton
Changeover point Morden Station

AK Streatham
Changeover point at garage

N Norwood
Changeover point ?

BN Brixton
Changeover point at garage

 

 

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