Route History

Fares

04.05.38
TL
7ST
11ST
9ST
lt logo New Route

FOREST HILL STN - Perry Vale - Catford Hill - Catford - Sangley Road - Verdant Lane - Grove Park - Chinbrook Road - Mottingham - Court Road - Eltham Church - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
New route - replacing withdrawn Route 209 (Route 209 double-decked - and re-numbered to new Route 124)

1939 map
Extracted from 1939 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
13.04.49
TL
15RT
16RT
5STL
16RT

RT introduction

26.10.49
TL
15RT
21RT
16RT

STL type withdrawn

03.05.50
TL
16RT
17RT
5STL
21RT

Diverted between Grove park and Mottingham via Marvels Lane and Dunkery Road instead of Grove Park Road direct

12.10.55
TL
22RT
26RT
17RT

FOREST HILL - ELTHAM - Blackfen Road - BLACKFEN Woodman (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri peaks extended from Eltham to Blackfen

30.04.58
TL
22RT
26RT
16RT

124 times

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

04.03.59
TL
20RT
24RT
22RT

FOREST HILL STN - Perry Vale - Woolstone Road - Catford - Sangley Road - Torridan Road - Hazelbank Road - Verdant lane - Northover - Downham Lane - Grove Park - Chinbrook Road - Marvels lane - Mottingham - ELTHAM Southend Crescent - BLACKFEN Woodman (Mon-Fri peaks) - Blendon - Bexley - BEXLEY HOSPITAL (Sun afts)
Sunday afternoons extended from Eltham to BEXLEY HOSPITAL.

03.02.60
TL
20RT
24RT
22RT

FOREST HILL - ELTHAM ( Mon-Sat ) - FALCONWOOD PARADE (Mon-Fri peaks) - BEXLEY HOSPITAL (Sun afts)
Mon-Fri peaks diverted to FALCONWOOD PARADE instead of BLACKFEN.

11.05.60
TL
20RT
24RT
--

FOREST HILL - ELTHAM ( Mon-Sat ) - FALCONWOOD PARADE (Mon-Fri peaks)
Sunday service renumbered 124A because of different routeing at Avery Hill.

08.05.63
TL
25RT
31RT
--

FOREST HILL STN - Perry Vale - Woolstone Road - Catford - Sangley Road - Torridan Road - Hazelbank Road - Verdant lane - Northover - Downham Lane - Grove Park - Chinbrook Road - Marvels lane - Mottingham - Eltham - Falconwood - Welling - Wickham Lane - Plumstead Corner - Plumstead Station - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill (Mon-Sat)
Extended from Eltham to Woolwich via withdrawn 126 and 195.

1964 map
Extracted from 1964 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

27.01.65
TL
22RT
26RT
--

FOREST HILL STN - WELLING (Mon-Fri) - WOOLWICH (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat)
Mon-Fri service withdrawn between Welling and Woolwich except for peak hours

15.06.68
TL
23RT
20RT
--

FOREST HILL STN - WELLING ( Mon-Sat ) - WOOLWICH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Saturday service withdrawn between Welling and Woolwich.

RT1289

RT1289 at the Catford stand - this must be a winter shot judging by the driver's greatcoat

This image available on the
RT download

24.07.71
TL
24RM
15RM
--

Converted to RM operation.

RM1231

RM1231 Forest Hill stand

© Bob Baker

08.01.72
TL
20DMS
15DMS
--

FOREST HILL STN - WELLING ( Mon-Sat ) -PLUMSTEAD STN (Mon-Fri am peak) - WOOLWICH (Mon-Fri pm peak)
Converted to double deck one person operation.
Mon-Fri peaks withdrawn between Plumstead Station and Woolwich.

DMS438

DMS438 Grove Park Station stand

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

26.02.77
TL
17DMS
15DMS
--

FOREST HILL STN - WELLING  ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Welling and Woolwich.

22.04.78
TL241+
17DMS
13DMS
4DMS

FOREST HILL - WELLING
Sunday service introduced - replacing Eltham to Welling section of 160A  which was withdrawn.

04.09.82
TL241+
14DMS
11DMS
--

FOREST HILL STN - WELLING  ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn - replaced between Eltham and Welling by re-introduced 160A.

25.07.83
TL241+
14T
11T
--

DMS type replaced by Leyland Titan.

02.11.85
TL241+
11T
12T
6T

FOREST HILL - ELTHAM STN (MS evenings/Suns) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (MS except evenings) - AVERY HILL (SDO jnys) - WELLING (Mon-Fri peak jnys) or BEXLEY HOSPITAL (Sun aft jnys)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between ELTHAM Southend Crescent and Welling except for school journeys to AVERY HILL SCHOOL and one journey in each Mon-Fri peak to WELLING.
Sunday re-introduced between Forest Hill and Eltham with 4 afternoon projections to BEXLEY HOSPITAL

T818

T818 Downham Way bound for St Dunstan's College

This image available on the
Titan download

06.06.87
TL241+
9T
8T
5T

CATFORD St Dunstan's College - ELTHAM STN (MS evenings/Suns) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (MS except evenings) - AVERY HILL (SDO jnys) - WELLING (Mon-Fri peak jnys) or BEXLEY HOSPITAL (Sun aft jnys)
Withdrawn between Catford and Forest Hill - this section replaced by rerouteing of 108B.

01.04.89
TL241+
9T
8T
5T
selkent logo London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

03.02.90
TL61+
8MW
8MW
5MW#

CATFORD - Downham - Mottingham - Middle Park Avenue - ELTHAM Southend Crescent ( Mon-Sat ) - BEXLEY HOSPITAL (Sun aft jnys)
Converted to midibus operation and diverted at Mottingham via Middle Park Avenue and Kingsground instead of Court Road direct. The stand at Southend Crescent was used at all times instead of shopping hours only. The Mon-Fri peak journeys to Avery Hill and Welling remained double deck but were renumbered 124S.

24.07.93
TL61+
8MW
8MW
5MW#

Diverted at Hazelbank Road via Baudwin Road - Castillion Road - Boundfield Road - Battersby Road - and Waters Road to line of route at Verdant Lane instead of Hazelbank Road and Verdant Lane direct

12.03.94
TL61+
9MW
8MW
4MW

CATFORD St Dunstan's - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (Daily)
Withdrawn between Eltham and Bexley Hospital

MW9

MW9 complete with dot matrix blind is at Southend Crescent

This image available on the
Single Deck download

06.09.94
TL61+
9MW
8MW
4MW
logo Selkent purchased by Stagecoach

15.05.99
TL61+
10DRL
8DRL
6DRL

Converted to Dart operation.

DRL134

DRL134 Southend Crescent

This image available on the
Single Deck download

12.06.01
TL161+
11SLD
10SLD
6SLD

Low floor operation commences (SLD)

sld246

SLD246 Southend Crescent

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

28.05.05
TL161+
11SLD
10SLD
6SLD

NEW CONTRACT commences - retained by Stagecoach

34366

34366 Catford Town Centre

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

30.08.06
TL161+
11DSS
9DSS
6DSS
selkent logo Stagecoach purchased by Australian Bank  Macquarie trading as East London Group

14.10.10
TL161+
11DSS
10DSS
8DSS
logo Company purchased by Stagecoach

26.05.12
TL161+
11ESS
12ESS
8ESS

Start of new 5 year contract with new short E20D/Enviro200Darts

2014 map

Extracted from Map 35 drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

124 TIMES

Operating Garage

TL Catford
Changeover point Lewisham Town Hall

Current stands and turning points

This route which is over 75 years old now must be rare in that it has only ever had one operating garage and the current route in 2015 is almost the same as 1938