Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AK
--
7LT
--
 
P
11ST
8ST
--
 
TC
10ST
10ST
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Sat ) - Albany Street - Great Portland Street - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns ) - Piccadilly Circus - Trafalgar Square - Whitehall - Westminster Bridge - Lambeth North - Kennington - Brixton - Streatham - Green Lane - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) Whitehorse Road - West Croydon - Croydon - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf
( Mon-Fri journeys / Sat pm / Suns )

31.10.34
AK
--
7LT
--
 
P
11ST
8ST
--
 
TC
10ST
10ST
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Sat ) - Albany Street - Great Portland Street - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns ) - Piccadilly Circus - Trafalgar Square - Whitehall - Millbank - Lambeth Bridge - Kennington - Brixton - Streatham - Green Lane - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) Whitehorse Road - West Croydon - Croydon - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf
( Mon-Fri garage journeys / Sat pm / Suns )
Diverted via Lambeth Bridge instead of Westminster Bridge

11.09.35
AK
--
7LT
--
 
Q
11ST
8ST
--
 
TC
10ST
10ST
19ST

Mon-Sat Old Kent Road (P) allocation replaced by Camberwell (Q)

27.05.36
AK
10LT
18LT
--
 
Q
11ST
7ST
--
 
TC
--
--
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Sat ) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower ( Mon-Fri / Sat am )  SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf  ( / Sat pm / Suns )
Mon-Sat Croydon (TC) allocation transferred to Streatham (AK) thus Mon-Fri journeys beyond Thornton Heath withdrawn

09.09.36
AK
10LT
19LT
--
 
Q
11ST
7ST
--
 
TC
--
--
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Sat ) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower ( Mon-Fri / Sat am )  SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE  ( / Sat pm / Suns ) - SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer
( Sat late journeys )
Sat pm / Sun extended from Swan and Sugar Loaf to Garage and some Sat late journeys further extended to Red Deer

07.10.36
AK
11LT
10ST
19LT
--
 
Q
--
7ST
--
 
TC
--
--
15STL

Mon-Fri Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn in favour of increase at Streatham (AK)

28.05.37
AK
7LT
14ST
9LT
10ST
--
 
Q
--
7STL
--
 
TC
--
--
15STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH - ( Mon-Fri / Sat am )  SOUTH CROYDON GAR  ( / Sat pm / Suns ) - SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer
( Sat late journeys )
Sat pm withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Camden Town

06.10.37
AK
21ST
12ST
--
 
Q
--
8ST
--
 
TC
--
8ST
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH - ( Mon-Fri / Sat am )  SOUTH CROYDON GAR  ( / Sat pm / Suns ) - SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer
( Sat late journeys )
Saturday Croydon (TC) allocation introduced

05.01.38
AK
23ST
16LT
18ST+
--
      3LT/133  
 
Q
--
17STL
--
 
TC
--
--
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH - ( Mon-Fri / Sat am )  SOUTH CROYDON GAR  ( / Sat pm / Suns ) - SOUTH CROYDON Red Deer
( Sat late journeys )
Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn

23.02.38
AK
22ST
17LT
18ST+
--
      3LT/133  
 
Q
--
17STL
--
 
TC
--
--
15ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH - ( Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf ( Suns ) - SOUTH CROYDON GAR  ( Sat pm)
Saturday withdrawn south of Swan and Sugar Loaf

22.11.39
AK
26STL
30STL
7STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf ( Suns )  - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm)
Camberwell (Q) and Croydon (TC) allocations withdrawn
Mon-Fri evening service extended from Thornton Heath to South Croydon but withdrawn between Streatham and Camden Town
Saturday evenings and all day Sunday withdrawn between Streatham and Oxford Circus

03.01.40
AK
26STL
30STL
7STL
 
TC
13STL
8STL
--

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf ( Suns )  - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm)
Mon-Sat Croydon (TC) allocation reintroduced

20.03.40
AK
26STL
30STL
--
 
TC
13STL
8STL
11STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm) - Purley - Coulsdon - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Suns )
Sunday Streatham (AK) replaced by Croydon (TC) allocation
Sunday extended from South Croydon to Chipstead Valley

15.05.40
AK
26STL
30STL
--
 
TC
13STL
--
11STL

Saturday Croydon (TC) withdrawn

07.11.40
AK
21STL
5PROV
30STL
--
Express
AK
10STL
10STL
--
 
TC
13STL
--
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Suns )
EXPRESS SERVICE THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - CHARING CROSS
Normal stopping from Thornton Heath to Streatham Hill Station then only stopping at Telford Avenue - Brixton and Thames House Millbank

20.11.40
AK
21STL
5PROV
30STL
--
Express
AK
10STL
10STL
--
 
TC
13STL
--
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Suns )
EXPRESS SERVICE THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - CHARING CROSS
Mon-Sat evening service restored north of Streatham

15.01.41
AK
21STL
5PROV
30STL
--
Express
AK
10STL
10STL
--
 
TC
13STL
--
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) -
 SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE
( Mon-Fri peak journeys / evenings / Sat pm / Sun am) - Purley - Coulsdon - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun pm )
EXPRESS SERVICE THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - CHARING CROSS
Sun am withdrawn between South Croydon Garage and Chipstead Valley
Mon-Fri peak journeys introduced from South Croydon garage am peak and to pm peak

19.03.41
AK
21STL
5PROV
30STL
--
 
TC
13STL
--
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) -
 SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE
( Mon-Fri peak journeys / evenings / Sat pm / Sun am) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun pm )
Express service withdrawn

29.10.41
AK
26STL
28STL
--
 
TC
10STL
6ST
--
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Mon-Fri peak journeys / evenings / Sat pm / Sun am) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun pm)
Mon-Sat evening service withdrawn north of Streatham

28.10.42
AK
31LT
27LT
--
 
TC
--
-
12ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf ( Mon-Fri pm peak/ evenings) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Sat pm / Sun am) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun pm)
Mon-Sat evening service withdrawn north of Streatham
Mon-Fri am peaks withdrawn between Thornton Heath and South Croydon Garage
Mon-Fri pm peak service and evening withdrawn between Swan & Sugar Loaf and garage

06.05.45
AK
31LT
27LT
--
 
TC
--
-
12ST

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON Swan & Sugar Loaf ( Mon-Fri pm peak/ evenings) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Sat pm ) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun )
Sunday am reinstated between South Croydon and Chipstead Valley

13.02.46
AK
36STL
27STL
--
 
TC
--
-
11STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat afternoons ) - CHARING CROSS ( Sat evenings ) - STREATHAM COMMON ( Mon-Fri evenings / Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower - ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - SOUTH CROYDON Earl of Eldon ( Mon-Fri evenings ) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - ( Sat pm) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun )
Sat evenings extended from Streatham Common to Charing Cross
Sunday am reinstated between South Croydon and Chipstead Valley

22.05.46
AK
36STL
32STL
--
 
TC
--
-
11STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm ) - CHARING X ( Mon-Fri evenings ) - STREATHAM COMMON - (Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri / Sat am) -  SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - ( Sat pm) - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY ( Sun )
Mon-Fri evenings withdrawn between Thornton Heath and South Croydon
Mon-Fri evenings extended from Streatham Common to Charing Cross
Sat evenings extended from Charing Cross to Oxford Circus

13.10.46
AK
36STL
32STL
--
 
TC
--
-
12STL

CAMDEN TOWN ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am) - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Sat pm ) - CHARING X ( Mon-Fri evenings ) - STREATHAM COMMON - (Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower -
( Mon-Fri / Sat am) -  SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE - ( Sat pm) - OLD COULSDON ( Sun )
Sunday service withdrawn between Coulsdon and Chipstead Valley and diverted instead via Marlipt Lane to Old Coulsdon

12.11.47
AK
35STL
35STL
--
 
P
18LT
9LT
--
 
TC
--
-
12STL

WEST HAMPSTEAD West End Green ( Mon-Sat ) - Abbey Road - Lords - Baker Street - Wigmore Street - Cavendish Square - Oxford Circus - Brixton - STREATHAM COMMON ( Suns ) -
THORNTON HEATH
(Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Sat pm ) - OLD COULSDON ( Sun )
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Camden Town - this section replaced by Route 53A

26.10.49
AK
35STL
35STL
--
 
P
18LT
9LT
--
 
TC
--
-
10RT

WEST HAMPSTEAD ( Mon-Sat ) - - STREATHAM COMMON ( Suns ) - THORNTON HEATH (Mon-Fri / Sat am ) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE ( Sat pm ) - OLD COULSDON ( Sun )
Sunday Croydon (TC) RT type introduced

02.05.51
AK
35RT
35RT
--
 
P
18RT
9RT
--
 
TC
--
--
12RT

Type change to all RT.

17.03.54
AK
34RT
35RT
--
 
Q
18RTL
9RTL
--
 
TC
--
--
10RT

Old Kent Road (P) allocation transferred to Camberwell (Q)

02.05.56
AK
33RT
34RT
--
 
Q
16RTL
9RTL
--

WEST HAMPSTEAD - THORNTON HEATH (Mon-Fri/Sat am) - CROYDON GARAGE (Sat pm)
Sunday service withdrawn and TC allocation thus withdrawn.
Old Coulsdon section replaced by Sunday 190.

Streatham to South Croydon section replaced by revised 57A

16.10.57
AK
34RT
38RT
--
 
Q
18RTL
--
--

Saturday Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn.

159 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
26.11.58
AK
30RT
25RT
--
 
Q
18RTL
14RTL
--

Saturday Camberwell (Q) allocation introduced.

RTL1630

RTL1630 Clock Tower stand

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

29.01.64
AK
36RT
24RT
--
 
Q
18RTL
9RTL
--

WEST HAMPSTEAD - THORNTON HEATH (Mon-Fri) - CROYDON GARAGE (Sat)
Saturday am extended from Thornton Heath to South Croydon. Saturday service reduced with 159A introduction.

RT3909

RT3909 Piccadilly Circus

This image available on the
RT download

01.07.64
AK
36RT
24RT
--
 
BN
--
9RTL
--
 
Q
18RTL
--
--

Saturday Camberwell allocation transferred to Brixton (BN)

16.05.66
AK
30RT
19RT
--
 
BN
--
10RT
--
 
Q
16RT
--
--

RTL type withdrawn in favour of RT.

19.07.69
AK
31RT
29RT
--
 
Q
16RT
--
--

Brixton (BN) allocation transferred to Streatham (AK)

13.06.70
AK
30RM
29RM
--
 
Q
16RM
--
--

RT's replaced by Routemasters.

31.10.70
AK
28RM
25RM
--
 
Q
36RM
9RM
--

Saturday Camberwell (Q) allocation re-introduced to compensate for loss of 159A which was withdrawn.

17.06.72
AK
32RM
25RM
--
 
Q
34RM
9RM
--

WEST HAMPSTEAD - Abbey Road - Lisson Grove - Rossmore Road - Baker Street - THORNTON HEATH (Mon-Fri) - SOUTH CROYDON GARAGE (Sats)
Diverted at St Johns Wood via Rossmore Road instead of Lords.

28.10.78
AK91+
39RM
27RM
8RM
 
Q41+
18RM
5RM
10RM

WEST HAMPSTEAD - Abbey Road - Lisson Grove - Rossmore Road ,Baker Street - Oxford Circus - Trafalgar Square - Westminster Bridge - (Suns) or Lambeth Bridge - ( Mon-Sat ) Kennington - Brixton - Streatham - Green Lane - THORNTON HEATH Clock Tower ( Mon-Sat ) - THORNTON HEATH High Street (Suns)
Saturday withdrawn between Thornton Heath and South Croydon
Sunday service introduced between West Hampstead and Thornton Heath - but via Westminster Bridge instead of Lambeth Bridge.

1982 entry
 
04.09.82
AK91+
34RM
26RM
9RM
 
BN21+
--
--
6RM
 
Q41+
17RM
--
4RM

Saturday Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn and Sunday Brixton (BN) allocation introduced.

27.10.84
BN21+
--
--
4RM
 
Q191+
51RM
23RM
12RM

Streatham (AK) shut for rebuilding work - allocation transferred to Camberwell (Q).

02.02.85
BN21+
--
4Dc
4Dc
 
Q191+
51RM
20RM
12RM

Saturday Brixton (BN) allocation introduced and Daimler operation introduced.

31.03.85
BN21+
--
3RM
4RM
 
Q191+
51RM
20RM
12RM

Brixton reverts to Routemaster operation.

25.10.86
BN21+
7RM
11RM
9RM
 
CA
13RM
--
--
 
Q191+
29RM
13RM
9RM

Mon-Fri Brixton (BN) introduced and Mon-Fri Clapham (CA) introduced.

07.02.87
AK141+
29RM
13RM
--
 
BN21+
--
--
9RM
 
Q191+
21RM
13RM
9RM

Streatham (AK) re-introduced Mon-Sat. Mon-Sat Brixton (BN) allocation withdrawn. Mon-Fri only CA withdrawn.

11.07.87
AK141+
29RM
13RM
14L
 
Q191+
21RM
13RM
4T

Brixton (BN) withdrawn and Sunday service converted to OPO operation.

L231

A Sunday view of L231 at Streatham Hill

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

14.05.88
AK141+
20RM
6RM
14L/M
 
Q191+
24RM
16RM
4T

WEST HAMPSTEAD - STREATHAM Green Lane ( Mon-Sat ) - THORNTON HEATH (Mon-Fri peaks) - THORNTON HEATH High Street (Suns)
Withdrawn between Green Lane and Thornton Heath except Mon-Fri peaks and Sundays.

29.10.88
AK141+
20RM
6RM
20L/M
 
Q191+
16RML/8RM
16RML
--

Mon-Sat RML introduced at Camberwell (Q) and Sunday Q withdrawn.

06.01.90
AK141+
10RM
10RM
14M
 
BN71+
--
--
6M
 
Q191+
17RML/9RM
14RML
--

Sunday Brixton (BN) allocation re-introduced.

21.07.90
AK141+
16RM
12RM
--
 
BN71+
--
--
14D
 
Q191+
17RML/7RM
16RML
--

WEST HAMPSTEAD - STREATHAM HIGH ROAD Green Lane
Withdrawn between Streatham & Thornton Heath - replaced by Sunday 250.
Sunday Streatham allocation withdrawn.

02.02.91
BN151+
16RM
12RM
14D/M
 
Q191+
10RML/14RM
14RML/2RM
--

Streatham (AK) withdrawn.

dms2502

DMS2502 Allsop Place
The abbreviated destination seems unnecessary

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

14.03.92
BN151+
14RML
12RML
--
 
Q191+
10RML
13RML
--

BAKER STREET STN - STREATHAM HIGH ROAD Green Lane ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Baker Street and West Hampstead - replaced by new 139. Sunday service withdrawn.

29.01.94
BN141+
25RM
26RM
--

BAKER STREET STN - STREATHAM STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Streatham Station and Green Lane - Camberwell (Q) withdrawn.

22.05.99
BN141+
24RM
24RM
--

MARBLE ARCH - STREATHAM STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Diverted to run the full length of Oxford Street and terminate at Marble Arch instead of via Gloucester Place to Baker Street.

18.09.99
BN141+
24RM
26RM
9M
 
TH51+
--
--
5L

MARBLE ARCH - STREATHAM STATION
Diverted at Kennington Road to run via Westminster Bridge instead of Lambeth Bridge to partly compensate for withdrawn section of Route 109.
Sunday service introduced and new Sunday only Thornton Heath (TH) allocation commenced.

RM970

RM970 seen with the dedicated 159 attractive livery at the
Oxford Circus stand

This image available on the
Routemaster CD

03.02.01
BN141+
24RM
26RM
9M
 
TH51+
--
--
5DLA
 
TH201+
L ex N159
L ex N159
L ex N159

Contract renewed with Arriva London South and new low floor buses introduced on Sundays from TH
Daily TH allocation introduced but only journeys before commencing and finishing on Route N159 .

RM664

RM664 which was the "Silver Lady" in the sixties is seen at Westminster

This image available on the
Routemaster CD

16.03.01
BN141+
24RM
26RM
--
 
TH51+
--
--
10DLA
 
TH201+
L ex N159
L ex N159
L ex N159

Sunday BN withdrawn.

159 map
Scanned from London Buses leaflet dated 17.03.01

06/02
BN141+
24RM/L
26RM/L
13RM/L
 
TH201+
ex N159
ex N159
ex N159

RML type introduced

RML2572

RML2572 Parliament Street

This image available with the RML download

10.12.05
BN131+
31VLA
26VLA
13VLA
 
TH201+
ex N159
ex N159
ex N159

Converted to OPO - ( last crew operation in London apart from Heritage Routes )

VLA165

VLA165 Parliament Square

This image available on the
Arriva download

28.08.10
BN131+
38VLA/DW
32VLA/DW
17VLA/DW

PADDINGTON BASIN - STREATHAM STATION
Daily extended from Marble Arch to Paddington Basin replacing withdrawn section of   Route 15
N159 withdrawn thus TC/TH involvement ends.

DW67

DW67 has just left the Paddington Basin and is seen by the Marylebone flyover

This image available on the
Arriva download

11.12.10
BN131+
38VLA
32VLA
17VLA

Contract renewal - working timetables shown

29.03.14
BN131+
34DW
30DW
16DW

MARBLE ARCH - STREATHAM STATION
Withdrawn between Marble Arch and Paddington Basin

12.12.15
QB
34LT
30LT
16LT
logo Contract reassigned

LT type introduced

LT624

LT624 Parliament Square

© Robert Donaldson

24.04.17
QB1+
34LT
30LT
16LT

STREATHAM  -  OXFORD CIRCUS
Temporary withdrawal between Oxford Circus and Marble Arch

Operating Garages

QB Battersea
Changeover point Kennington Church

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Kennington Church

CA Clapham
Changeover point Kennington Church

BN Brixton
Changeover point outside garage

AK Streatham
Changeover point outside garage

TH Thornton Heath
Changeover point??

TC Croydon
Changeover point at garage.

159 times 159 live 159 stands Tender Specs Route 159 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Thursday, 15.06.17