Route History


Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
26.04.61
HT
12RM
25RM
15RM
 
WN101+
11RM
--
6RM


HOLBORN CIRCUS - Grays Inn Road - (returns via Farringdon Road) Kings Cross - Holloway - Finsbury Park - Manor House - Tottenham - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri) - EDMONTON Tramway Avenue (Mon-Fri peaks) Ponders End - WALTHAM CROSS (Sat/Sun)
NEW TROLLLEYBUS REPLACEMENT ROUTE for TB Route 659

RM658

 

 

 

Wood Green (WN) is represented here by RM658 seen at passing Willing House on Gray’s Inn Road

This image is part of the Nostalgia download which is available for sale and has over 620 images

 

 

03.01.62
AR
8RM
7RM
8RM
 
HT
12RM
18RM
13RM

Daily Tottenham (AR) allocation introduced -Wood Green (WN) withdrawn.

08.05.63
AR
8RM
7RM
6RM
 
E
--
--
6RM
 
HT
12RM
18RM
9RM

Sunday Enfield (E) allocation added.

09.10.63
AR
8RM
7RM
7RM
 
HT
12RM
18RM
10RM

Sunday Enfield (E) allocation withdrawn.

23.01.66
AR
8RM
5RM
5RM
 
HT
12RM
14RM
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS - LOWER EDMONTON STATION (Mon-Fri/Sun) - EDMONTON Tramway Avenue (Mon-Fri peaks) - WALTHAM CROSS (Sats)
Sunday withdrawn between Lower Edmonton and Waltham Cross

31.12.66
AR
3RM
6RM
--
 
HT
14RM
12RM
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri) - EDMONTON Tramway Avenue (Mon-Fri peaks) - WALTHAM CROSS (Sats)
Sunday service withdrawn.

259 map

Please click to enlarge map

 

Extracted from 1970 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

24.01.70
AR
15RM
14RM
--

EDMONTON Tramway Avenue (Mon-Sat early jnys) - LOWER EDMONTON STATION (Mon-Sat) - KINGS CROSS Swinton Street (Sat evgs) - HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat except evgs)
Withdrawn between Lower Edmonton and Waltham Cross except early journeys to Tramway Avenue - and further withdrawn between Kings Cross and Holborn Circus Saturday evenings.
Holloway (HT) allocation withdrawn.

04.12.71
AR
10RM
14RM
--
 
EM
5RM
--
--

Saturday Edmonton (EM) allocation re-introduced.


10.12.73
AR151+
8DMS
6DMS
--
 
EM61+
8DMS
8DMS
--

ONE PERSON OPERATION

28.10.78
AR151+
7DMS
7DMS
--
 
EM61+
6DMS
8DMS
--

EDMONTON Tramway Avenue ( Mon-Sat early jnys) - LOWER EDMONTON STATION ( Mon-Sat ) - HOLBORN CIRCUS ( Mon-Sat )
Saturday evening service between Kings Cross and Holborn Circus re-introduced.

1982 entry

This has been taken from the 1982 allocation book and is part of a collection of 20 books which are available for sale
THE 1980,s collection has 20 books - the 1990's collection has 25 books
The collections are £6 each - £5 going to Great Ormonde Street Hospital

Allocation Books
24.03.82
AR151+
7DMS
7DMS
--
 
EM61+
6M
8M
--

Edmonton (EM) allocation converted to Metrobus.

dms50

DMS50 Edmonton Green

This download shows images of buses before the low floor period

 

 

17.06.82
AR151+
7M
7M
--
 
EM61+
6M
8M
--

Tottenham (AR) allocation converted to Metrobus.

04.09.82
AR221+
11M
10M
--

Edmonton (EM) allocation withdrawn.

29.10.83
AR221+
11M
11M
--

LOWER EDMONTON STATION - HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Sat)
Withdrawn between Lower Edmonton and Tramway Avenue.


03.08.85
AR221+
10M
5M
2M
 
EM
6M
8M
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evenings) - HOLLOWAY (Mon-Fri evenings) - MANOR HOUSE (Sat/Sun) Tottenham - Edmonton - Ponders End - Waltham Cross - Cheshunt - Flamstead End - HAMMOND STREET.
Withdrawn during evenings between Holloway and Holborn Circus. Further withdrawn Sats between Manor House and Holborn Circus.
Extended via withdrawn 279 from Lower Edmonton to Hammond Street.
Daily Edmonton (EM) allocation re-introduced and Sunday (AR) allocation introduced

01.02.86
AR221+
9M
5M
2M
 
E241+
12M
10M
6M

Edmonton (EM) allocation transferred to Enfield (E) with garage's closure

25.10.86
AR221+
--
--
6M
 
E241+
9M
--
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs) - HOLLOWAY (Mon-Fri evgs) - FINSBURY PARK (Suns) - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri except evgs) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Mon-Fri evgs) - WALTHAM CROSS (Suns)
MON-FRI withdrawn between Lower Edmonton and Hammond Street except for evening service to Enfield Garage. Withdrawn section covered by new route 359
SAT withdrawn.
SUN withdrawn between Waltham Cross and Hammond Street but extended from Manor House to Finsbury Park.
Mon-Sat AR allocation withdrawn - Sat and Sun E allocation withdrawn.

26.09.87
E241+
9M
--
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri except evgs) - HOLLOWAY (Mon-Fri evgs) - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri except evgs) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Mon-Fri evgs)
SUN withdrawn. Tottenham (AR) allocation withdrawn.

29.09.90
E241+
9M
--
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri except late evgs)
Withdrawn during late evenings but extended early evenings from Holloway to Holborn Circus.

01.02.92
E241+
14M
11M
9M

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat am/Sun early am) - KINGS CROSS (Sat /Suns) - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Sat /Sun evgs) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Sat/Sun except evgs)
Sat and Sun introduced.
Re-routed northbound between Holborn Circus and Kings Cross via St Andrew's Street - Shoe Lane - Stonecutter Street - Farringdon Street - Farringdon Road and Acton Street - instead of Holborn and Grays Inn Road ie:same as southbound routeing.
Increased service Mon-Fri and reintroduced Saturday and Sunday in part replacement of parallel Route 359 and also replacing Route 221 south of Manor House ( except Mon-Fri early journeys)

17.10.92
E241+
14M
11M
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat am/) - KINGS CROSS (Sat pm/) - LOWER EDMONTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat evgs) - PONDERS END (Sat shop hrs)
Sunday service withdrawn.

17.04.93
E241+
14M
11M
--

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat am) - KINGS CROSS (Sat pm) - EDMONTON GREEN STATION (Sat evgs) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Mon-Fri/Sat shop hrs)
Mon-Fri extended from Edmonton Green Station (renamed from Lower Edmonton) to Enfield Garage.

11.09.94
E241+
14M
11M
7M

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat am/Sun early am) - KINGS CROSS (Sat pm/Suns) - EDMONTON GREEN STN (Sat evgs/Suns) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Mon-Fri/Sat shop hrs)
Sun service re-introduced between Edmonton Green and Kings Cross with early projections to Holborn Circus replacing withdrawn 359.

1994 entry

This has been taken from the 1993 allocation book and is part of a collection of 20 books which are available for sale
THE 1980,s collection has 20 books - the 1990's collection has 25 books
The collections are £6 each - £5 going to Great Ormonde Street Hospital

Allocation Books
28.11.94
E241+
14M
11M
7M

HOLBORN CIRCUS (Mon-Fri/Sat am/Sun early am) - KINGS CROSS (Sat pm/Suns) - EDMONTON GREEN STN (Sat evgs/Suns) - PONDERS END GARAGE (Mon-Fri/Sat shop hrs) - ENFIELD HIGHWAY Red Lion (Mon-Fri am peak jnys)
Mon-Fri am peak journeys extended from Enfield Garage to Enfield Highway.

28.03.98
NP101+
11AE
11AE
7AE
fc logo OPERATION TRANSFERRED TO CAPITAL CITYBUS.

KINGS CROSS - EDMONTON GREEN
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Holborn Circus and between Edmonton Green and Enfield Highway

M882 442
M882 is used for the route until the Arrows were ready First Capital 442 seen at Edmonton Green

This download contains over 450 photos of the Metrobus type in service

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the First Buses download

29.03.03
NP
12VTL
11VTL
10VTL

Start of phased conversion to low floor double deck operation


16.10.04
NP
19VNL
18VNL
12VNL

Frequency increase

VTL1295

 

 

VTL1295 seen at  " The Swan " Tottenham

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the
First Buses download

 

 


27.03.10
NP
20VN
19VN
13VN

Contract renewal

VNL32306

VNL32306 Caledonian Road

This image is one of 1430 which is available with the
First Buses download

31.03.12
NP101+
20WVN
19WVN
13WVN
lg logo Contract novated to Go-ahead London General
WVN36

 

 

WVN36 on a short working seen in Parkhurst Road

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28.03.15
NP101+
21VN
19VN
13VN

KINGS CROSS - EDMONTON GREEN
Contract extended for two years

25.03.17
AR101+
22HV
21HV
16HV
ARRIVA LOGO CONTRACT REASSIGNED

 

 

259 times 259 LIVE stands Tender Specs Route 259 fares

Operating Garages

E Enfield
Changeover point Ponders End High Street.

EM Edmonton
Changeover point EDMONTON Tramway Avenue.

AR Tottenham
Changeover point TOTTENHAM Swan.

HT Holloway
Changeover point HOLLOWAY Nags Head.

NP Northumberland Park
Changeover point Edmonton Green Station

WN Wood Green
Changeover point ? maybe Manor House

Garage journeys left line of route either at Manor House and then via 29 or Theobalds Grove and then via 243
I have evidence from a 1961 fare chart that the garage journeys ran in service but oddly there does not seem to have been a special display for these journeys

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Wednesday, 13.09.17