Route History

at 03.10.34
SP
7ST
7ST
8ST

LEWISHAM Rennell Street,  Lee Green - Eltham Green - Eltham Church - Bexley Road - Blackfen - Blendon - BEXLEY VILLAGE Kings Head ( Mon-Sat / Sun am) - Bexley Lane - Shepherd's Lane - West Hill - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Suns pm)

Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
17.04.35
SP
7ST
7ST
15ST

LEWISHAM Rennell Street - BEXLEY  VILLAGE Kings Head ( Mon-Sat ) - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Suns )
Sunday am extended from Bexley to Dartford

02.10.35
SP
10LT
10LT
12LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street - BEXLEY  VILLAGE Kings Head ( Mon-Sat / Sun am) - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Sun pm)
Sunday am withdrawn between Bexley and Dartford

04.12.35
SP
10LT
10LT
12LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street - BEXLEY STATION ( Mon-Sat / Sun am) - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Sun pm)
Bexley terminal changed to Station instead of King;s Head

08.04.36
SP
10LT
10LT
15LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street - BEXLEY STATION ( Mon-Sat ) - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Suns )
Sunday am extended from Bexley to Dartford

09.09.36
SP
6LT
6LT
14LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - BEXLEY STATION ( Mon-Sat ) - DARTFORD Westgate Street ( Suns )
Mon-Sat withdrawn Eltham and Lewisham

12.10.38
SP
6LT
6LT
14LT

LEWISHAM Rennell Street ( Suns ) - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - BEXLEY STATION - BEXLEY HOSPITAL ( Sun afternoon journeys)
Withdrawn between Bexley and and Dartford except for afternoon journeys to Bexley Hospital

29.11.39
SP
11LT
8LT
14LT

ELTHAM Well Hall Station,  Blackfen - Blendon - Danson Road - Crook Log - Bexleyheath - Bourne Road - Bexley - Blendon. Blackfen - ELTHAM Well Hall Station or
ELTHAM Well Hall Station - Blackfen - Blendon - Bexley - Bourne Road - Bexleyheath - Crook Log - Danson Road -   Blendon. Blackfen,  ELTHAM Well Hall Station
Sunday afternoon additional service ELTHAM Well Hall Station - BEXLEY HOSPITAL
Daily extended from Bexley to Eltham to form a circular route in both directions
Sunday afternoon service retained to Bexley Hospital

13.04.49
SP
11RTL+
16RTL
17RTL
    1LT/161    


LT type replaced by RTL

132 times
Extracted from 1950 Dartford local timetable which is available for sale from the Sales List

04.07.52
SP
14RTL
15RTL
17RTL
1952 map

Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

04.05.55
SP
11RT
14RT
15RT

Converted from RTL to RT

30.04.58
SP
8RT
12RT
15RT

132 times

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

04.03.59
SP
6RT
8RT
4RT

ELTHAM - Blackfen - Danson Road - Crook Log - Bexleyheath - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Sat am/Sun) - ERITH (Mon-Fri/Sat pm)
Circular Route discontinued - terminating at Bexleyheath via Crook Log and extended from Bexleyheath to Erith Mon-Fri and Sat am. This was part of Trolleybus Replacement program.

01.07.64
BX
11RT
11RT
2RT

ELTHAM - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Suns) Erith Belvedere - Abbey Wood - Plumstead - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ( Mon-Sat ) WOOLWICH ROAD Victoria Way (Mon-Fri peaks)
MS service extended from Erith to Woolwich and further extended Mon-Fri peaks from Woolwich to Victoria Way.
SP allocation withdrawn - BX allocation introduced.

132 times

Scanned from July 1964 Red Book

1964 map Woolwich Town Centre 1964

Extracted from 1964 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

I wonder if anyone travelled end to end other than an enthuiast considering the 161

18.04.70
BX
7SM
4SM
3SM

ELTHAM - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Sat/Sun) Colyers Lane - SLADE GREEN STN (Mon-Fri)
Mon-Fri service diverted to SLADE GREEN STATION,withdrawn between Colyers Lane and Woolwich / Victoria Way.
Converted to single deck OPO operation.

SM45

SM45 Well Hall - standards seem to be slipping now as evidenced by the makeshift blind

This image available on the
Single Deck download

Comment by Peter Kennedy

Memory tells me that this was the 1970s and a (post-withdrawal?) resurrection as an emergency substitution for a newer and purportedly more reliable B20 DMS. 
Unfortunately it was often necessary - and the SMs were obliged to somehow make do with the three front blinds from a DMS.

05.01.74
BX
9DMS
4DMS
3DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

01.03.75
BX
9DMS
4DMS
3DMS

ELTHAM Well Hall Station - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Sun) - SLADE GREEN STN  ( Mon-Sat )
Saturday service extended from Bexleyheath to Erith as per Mon-Fri.

22.04.78
BX61+
7DMS
7DMS
4DMS

ELTHAM Well Hall Station - Blackfen - Blendon - Bexley - Bexleyheath - Blackfen,ELTHAM Well Hall Station
(Circular both directions)
Reverted to pre 1959 routeing being a circular route. The Bexleyheath to Slade Green section covered by revised 89.

08.03.83
BX61+
8T
7T
2T

Converted from DMS type to Leyland Titan type.

T799

T799 all over advert seen at
Eltham Well Hall Station

This image available on the
Titan download

16.08.86
SP
9L
10L
3L

Bexleyheath Garage closed - allocation moved to Sidcup (SP)

16.01.88
CR
6dd
6dd
5dd
boroline logo Contract reassigned

ELTHAM STATION - Blackfen - Bexley - BEXLEYHEATH Market Place
Circular route withdrawn in favour of above routeing.

BL765

765 leaving Bexleyheath

This image available on the
Arriva download

17.02.92
DT
6ON
6ON
5ON
KB LOGO Contract reassigned
754

Olympian 754 seen in Eltham

This image available on the
Arriva download

24.01.98
CR
6XL
6XL
4XL
harris logo Contract reassigned
375

Harris Bus 375 Bexleyheath

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

25.03.00
BV
7sd
7sd
3sd
ETB logo Contract reassigned
324

East Thames 324 Bexleyheath - shows more info on the blind compared to Harris

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

Mid 03
BV21+
8VWL
8VWL
4VWL

Converted to double deck.

370

East Thames 370 Bexleyheath

This image is part of a download available on the Abellio download

24.03.07
BV21+
8DWL
8DWL
4DWL

Reverted to single deck operation.

24.01.09
BV131+
12DWL
12DWL
6DWL

BEXLEYHEATH Market Place - Friswell Place - Arnsberg Way - Broadway - Gravel Hill ,Bourne Road - High Street - Bexley Station - High Street - Parkhill Road - Bridgen Road - Bridgen - Blendon Road - Blendon - Blackfen Road - Blackfen - Blackfen Road - Bexley Road - Avery Hill - Bexley Road - High Street - Well Hall Road - Eltham Station - Well Hall Road - Rochester Way - Blackheath Sun,in Sands - Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach - Peartree Way - Greenwich Peninsula Sainsbury's - Roads within retail park - Millennium Busway (adjacent to Southern Way - Millennium Village and West Parkside) - Edmund Halley Way - NORTH GREENWICH STATION
Note: On Friday and Saturday nights after 2200 - buses start from Bexleyheath Arnsberg Way - near Geddes Place - and thus do not serve Market Place or Friswell Place.
Extended from Eltham Station to North Greenwich Station.

03.10.09
BV131+
12DWL
12DWL
6DWL
lg logo Contract reassigned to Go-Ahead
DWL15

DWL15 North Greenwich

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

07.11.09
BX81+
12E
12E
8E
lc logo Allocation moved to Bexleyheath (BX) thus now under London Central management
E62

E62 is in Bexley Road - Eltham - heading towards Blackfen.

© John King

2014 map Bexleyheath town centre

Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map


04.10.14
BX81+
12E
12E
8E

Contract extended for two years

12.09.15
BX81+
12E
12E
8E
Night service FS BX331+  
4E
 

Noght service added on Fri/Sat nights

01.10.16
BX81+
15E
14E
11E
Night service FS BX331+  
4E
 

BEXLEYHEATH  -  NORTH GREENWICH
Contract renewal

Operating Garages

SP Sidcup
Changeover point at ELTHAM Southend Crescent

BX Bexleyheath
Changeover point at garage
From 7.11.09 at Geddes Place Bexleyheath

Boroline Maidstone
Changeover point at Eltham

BV Belvedere
Changeover point at Eltham

CR Crayford
Changeover point at Bexleyheath

Dartford tt

The full timetable for Jan 1950 is shown - to purchase click below

 

Sidcup timetables

The full timetable can be found in this 1949 booklet available for sale

 

 

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© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Saturday, 19.08.17