Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.04.48
TC
16ST
14ST/9STL
--

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY How Green Lane - Coulsdon - Purley - South Croydon - Croydon - West Croydon - THORNTON HEATH POND ( Mon-Sat )
NEW ROUTE (The above allocation includes Route 166A Old Coulsdon - Thornton Heath)
replacing withdrawn 59

13.04.49
TC
16RT
23RT
--

RT type replace ST/STL.

21.02.51
TC
20RT
27RT
--

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY Coulsdon - Purley - South Croydon - Croydon - West Croydon - Thornton Heath Pond - London Road - Galpins Road - South Lodge Avenue - Wide Way - Rowan Road - Streatham Vale - STREATHAM COMMON Greyhound ( Mon-Sat )
Extended from Thornton Heath to Streatham Common.

09.01.52
TC
12RT
16RT
--

Joint allocation with Route 166A withdrawn.

1952 map

Extracted from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

22.10.52
TC
12RT
13RT
--

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY - Brigstock Road - THORNTON HEATH High Street
Withdrawn between Thornton Heath and Streatham Common and diverted instead via Brigstock Road to thornton Heath High Street. Withdrawn section replaced by revised 130

02.03.55
TC
9RT
12RT
--

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY Midday Sun - THORNTON HEATH High Street ( Mon-Sat )
Chipstead Valley terminal changed.

rt4629

A  good shot of RT4629 spoilt by the badly set blind.

This image available on the
RT download

30.04.58
TC
9RT+
12RT
--
    1RT/130    

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

31.10.70
TC
15SMS
7SMS
--

SINGLE DECK ONE PERSON OPERATION INTRODUCED.
CHIPSTEAD VALLEY Croydon - East Croydon Station - Shirley Road - Shirley Way - West Wickham - Eden Park Stn - BECKENHAM JUNCTION ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Croydon and Thornton Heath and diverted instead via withdrawn 194A to Beckenham Junction.

06.01.73
TC
15DMS
7DMS
--

Converted to double deck operation

DMS2629

"Chocolate Box DMS2629"

© John Parkin

07.02.87
TC61+
9LS
6LS
--

Converted to single deck operation

14.05.88
TC61+
9DMS
6DMS
--

Converted to double deck operation

06.01.90
TC61+
9L
6L
--

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY - EAST CROYDON STN (MS evgs) - SHIRLEY INN (MS except evgs) - Wickham Road,SHIRLEY Monks Orchard Rd (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Shirley (Monks Orchard Way) and Beckenham Junction - further withdrawn outside Mon-Fri peaks between Shirley Inn and Monks Orchard Road. Addionally withdrawn during Mon-Fri evgs and outside Saturday shopping hours between East Croydon and Shirley Inn - maily replaced by New Route 366.
Rerouted in Shirley direct via Wickham Road instead of Hartland Way - West Way Shirley Way - and Bridle Road.

01.09.90
TC61+
7L
5L
2L

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY - EAST CROYDON STN (MS evgs/Suns) - SHIRLEY INN (MS except evgs) - Wickham Road,SHIRLEY Monks Orchard Rd (Mon-Fri peaks)
Sunday service introduced between Chipstead Valley and East Croydon - partly replacing withdrawn 12B.

02.02.91
TC61+
8dd
6dd
2dd

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY - EAST CROYDON (MS evgs/Suns) - SHIRLEY INN (Mon-Fri except evgs) - SHIRLEY Monks Orchard Road (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat sh)
Saturday shopping hours extended from Shirley Inn to Monks Orchard Road.

l1

First of the class L1 at Croydon

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

14.03.92
TB1+
8T
10T
3T
selkent Contract reassigned

CHIPSTEAD VALLEY - Shirley Way - Bridle Road - SHIRLEY Monks Orchard Rd.
Rerouted in Shirley via Hartland Way - West Way Shirley Way - and Bridle Road instead of direct via Wickham Road.
Route revised to run at all times end to end.
Garage journeys to Bromley (TB) ran out of service.

1992 book
Taken from 1992 allocation book
t822

T822 Shirley Monks Orchard Road stand

This image available on the
Titan download

08.11.97
TC61+
8dd
8dd
5dd
logo Contract reassigned to
South London (TC)

29.08.98
TC131+
4M
3M
3M
 
EB
sd
sd
--

WEST CROYDON Hogarth Crescent - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY (Sun) - EPSOM Clock Tower ( Mon-Sat ) - LANGLEY VALE (journeys)
Withdrawn between West Croydon and Shirley - replaced by New 466.
Service 498 (Epsom Buses) renumbered and formed to provide a joint service with Epsom Buses

1998
Taken from September 1998 allocation book
26.09.98
TC131+
4LDR
3LDR
3LDR
 
EB
sd
sd
--

Arriva (TC) converted to single deck operation.

29.04.00
TC131+
4LDR
3LDR
3LDR
 
EB
sd
sd
--


WEST CROYDON Bus Station
- CHIPSTEAD VALLEY (Sun) - EPSOM Clock Tower (MS except evgs) - LANGLEY VALE (journeys)

West Croydon terminal changed and Evening service withdrawn by Epsom Buses.

166 map
Leaflet dated 29.04.00
02.09.00
TC131+
4LDR
3LDR
3LDR
 
EB
sd
sd
--

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY (Sun) - EPSOM Clock Tower (MS except evgs)
Epsom Buses withdrawn evenings and section Epsom General Hospital to Langley Vale.

28.07.01
TC131+
7DDL
6DDL
3DDL

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY (Sun) - EPSOM Clock Tower (MS except evgs)
Epsom Buses involvement withdrawn - all operated by Arriva London South (TC)

DDL8

DDL8 West Croydon

This image available on the
Arriva download

01.09.01
TC131+
7LDR
6LDR
3LDR

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - CHIPSTEAD VALLEY (Sun) - EPSOM GENERAL HOSPITAL (MS except evgs)
One journey in each direction diverted at Banstead via The Beacon School.

LDR32

LDR32 Brighton Road, South Croydon

This image available on the
Arriva download

15.09.01
TC131+
7DPP
6DPP
3DPP

Converted to low floor single deck operation.

DPP431

DPP431 South Croydon

This image available on the
Arriva download

30.08.03
TC131+
8DPP
8DPP
4DPP

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - BANSTEAD - EPSOM GENERAL HOSPITAL (MS except evgs)
Contract renewed and service extended Mon-Fri evenings and Sundays to Banstead

30.08.08
TC131+
8ENL
7ENL
4ENL

Contract renewed with new E200 single deck buses.

ENL24

ENL24 has been treated to new black and white blinds - seen here at Purley

This image available on the
Arriva download

31.08.13
TC131+
8ENL
7ENL
4ENL

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - BANSTEAD - EPSOM GENERAL HOSPITAL ( Mon-Sat except evenings )
Contract renewal for 5 years

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

 

Operating Garages

TC Croydon
Changeover point at garage

TB Bromley
Changeover point at garage

croydon book
The full timetable for 166 is in this booklet which is for sale  (pdf)

 

166 times 166 live 166 stands Tender Specs 166 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Wednesday, 12.07.17