Route History

ibus announcement

21.02.51
SP
2SRT
2SRT
--

SIDCUP GARAGE - Sidcup Station - Faraday Avenue - SIDCUP Wren Road ( Mon-Sat )
NEW ROUTE
- This was the first service numbered over 200 to be double deck - these numbers usually reserved for single deck only

02.05.51
SP
2SRT
2RTL
--

Saturday - RTL type introduced.

17.10.51
SP
5STL
5RTL+
4RTL
      1RTL/51  

ORPINGTON STN - Orpington High Street - Chipperfield Road - St Mary Cray Stn - Midfield Way - Foots Cray - Sidcup - Sidcup Station - SIDCUP Wren Road
Route revised to run Orpington to Sidcup - routeing as above. SRT type withdrawn.

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

22.10.52
SP
7STL
7RTL+
6RTL
      1RTL/51  

ORPINGTON STN - Orpington High Street - Chipperfield Road - St Mary Cray Stn - Midfield Way - Foots Cray - Sidcup - Sidcup Station,Faraday Avenue - Foots Cray Lane - Hurst Road - Murchison Avenue - Elmwood Drive - Bridgen Road - Arbuthnot Lane - Rochester Way - Upton Road - Townley Road - Bexleyheath - May Place Road West - BEXLEYHEATH TB Depot
Daily extended from Sidcup to Bexleyheath Trolleybus Depot

RTL1486

RTL1486 Orpington

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Nostalgia download

19.05.54
SP
7RTL
7RTL+
6RTL
      1RTL/51  

Mon-Fri STL replaced by RTL

04.05.55
SP
7RT
7RT
6RT

RTL type replaced by RT.

30.04.58
SP
8RT+
7RT+
6RT
    1RT/51A 1RT/51  

229 TIMES
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
RT1923

RT1923 Woolwich

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Nostalgia download

04.03.59
BX
14RT
8RT
5RT
 
SP
10RT
14RT
8RT

ORPINGTON STN - St Mary Cray - Foots Cray - Sidcup - Bexley Park - Bexleyheath - Erith - Lower Belvedere - Abbey Wood - Plumstead - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill - WOOLWICH ROAD Victoria Way (Mon-Fri peaks)
Extended from Bexleyheath to Woolwich via withdrawn trolleybus 698.
Bexleyheath (BX) allocation added.

229 times 1959
01.07.64
BX
7RT
3RT
8RT
 
SP
10RT
12RT
10RT

ORPINGTON STN - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill
Mon-Fri peak extension from Woolwich to Charlton withdrawn.

1964 map
Extracted from July 1964 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
07.09.68
BX
8RT
3RT
6RT
 
SP
9RT
10RT
8RT

1968 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
 

 

21.05.77
SP141+
10RM
7RM
4RM

FARNBOROUGH - Farnborough Hill - Sevenoaks Road - Orpington - St Mary Cray - Sidcup - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE - Erith Road - Bexley Road - ERITH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Bexleyheath and Woolwich except for Mon-Fri peak service to Erith. Withdrawn section replaced by 269
Extended from Orpington to Farnborough replacing withdrawn section of Route 51
Bexleyheath (BX) allocation withdrawn.
RT type replaced by Routemasters.

04.09.82
SP141+
9DMS
7DMS
3DMS

GREEN STREET GREEN Rose and Crown - SIDCUP STATION (Mon-Fri evgs,Sat outside shopping hours and Sundays) - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Mon-Fri between peaks - Sat shopping hours)-: ERITH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Converted to One Person Operation with double deck buses.
Re-routed between Sidcup and Bexleyheath via Hurst Road and Parkhill Road instead of Murchison Avenue and Elmwood Drive
Withdrawn between Sidcup Station and Bexleyheath Mon-Fri evgs - Saturday except shopping hours - and Sundays
Withdrawn between Green Street Green and Farnborough - replaced by new Route 261.

DMS2041

DMS2041 seen at ?

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01.11.82
SP141+
9T
5T
3T

DMS type replaced by Leyland Titan.

M1386

Metrobus's were used for a period as an experiment - 1386 seen outside BX garage

This image available on the
Metrobus download

04.02.84
SP141+
9T
5T
--

GREEN STREET GREEN ( Mon-Sat ) - SIDCUP STATION (Mon-Fri evgs/Sat outside shopping hours) - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hrs) - ERITH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Sunday service replaced by New Route 299 running between Green Street Green and Eltham via withdrawn 229 and 228.


27.10.84
SP141+
9T
5T
3T

GREEN STREET GREEN - SIDCUP STATION (Mon-Fri evgs/Sat outside sh/Suns) - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hrs) - ERITH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Sunday service re-instated with the 299 withdrawal.

04.05.86
SP141+
9L
8L
3L

Leyland Titan replaced by Leyland Olympian.

L64

L64 Bexleyheath Garage

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

16.08.86
SP141+
5L
4L
--

SIDCUP GARAGE - BEXLEYHEATH Market Place (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hrs) - ERITH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Sidcup Garage and Green Street Green (Roundabout scheme)
Withdrawn during evenings - early Saturday mornings and all day Sundays.
Withdrawn between Bexleyheath Market Place and Bexleyheath Garage.
ROUTE OPERATED UNDER LRT Tender.

16.01.88
BX
5dd
5dd
--

FOOTS CRAY Sidcup Hill - ERITH (MS except evgs)
Sidcup Garage closed - route transferred to Bexleyheath (BX) and terminus changed at Foots Cray. Extended from Bexleyheath to Erith Monday to Saturday instead of just Mon-Fri peaks.
BEXLEYBUS SCHEME.


14.05.88
BX41+
dd
dd
--

Joint operation with Route 178

19.01.91
BX41+
5T
5T
--

SIDCUP Queen Mary's Hospital - ERITH (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat shop hrs)
Diverted at Sidcup to Queen Mary's Hospital instead of Foots Cray.

08.10.94
BX51+
7T
7T
4MRL

SIDCUP Queen Mary's Hospital - THAMESMEAD Town Centre
Extended from Erith to Thamemead via Belvedere - Abbey Wood and Crossway
.
Evening service introduced and Midibus Sunday service

MRL240

MRL240 Bexleyheath Town Centre

This image available on the
Single Deck download

23.01.99
BX51+
14T
12T
6T

Diverted between Bexley and Bexleyheath via Bourne Road instead of Townley Road.
Sunday service converted to double deck. the overall effect between Bexleyheath and Queen Mary's Hospital being to replace the newly-withdrawn 726.

T677

T677 Bexleyheath

This image available on the
Titan download

01.04.00
BX51+
14PVL
12PVL
6PVL

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

PVL251

PVL251 Bexleyheath

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

24.01.04
BX51+
18PVL
15PVL
8PVL
logo Contract renewed with London Central with increased frequencies

24.01.09
BX51+
19PVL
16PVL
9PVL

Contract extended for two years - increased evening frequency

22.01.11
BX51+
18WVL
15WVL
9WVL
logo Contract renewal
WVL83 E232

WVL83 loads at the first stop in Thamesmead

© Ian Armstrong

E232 Bexleyheath

London Bus Routes by Adam

03.05.14
BX51+
20WVL
18WVL
10WVL

2014 map

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

Comparing with the 1951 map it shows that they only  had a few roads in Sidcup in common

23.01.16
DT51+
20T
18T
10T
logo Contract reassigned to
Arriva Kent Thameside


T301

The new order is represented here at Erith by T301

© Steve Barker


29.10.16
DT51+
20T
16T
10T
logo Officially transferred from AKT to
Arriva London North

SIDCUP Queen Mary's Hospital - THAMESMEAD Town Centre

 

229 times live stands Tender Specs Fares

 

Operating Garages

BX Bexleyheath
Changeover point outside garage

SP Sidcup
Changeover point Foots Cray Post Office.

DT Dartford
The relief point is either Erith-(during the day) or Dartford garage-(out of service) at night.

On Saturday evenings from 23rd January until 17th September we have one 229 journey that had its relief at Bexley library. The driver coming to and from DT for and from their relief.