Route History

Fares

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
21.02.51
AM
5RTL
5RTL
4RTL
LT LOGO NEW ROUTE

WOOLWICH Earl of Chatham - ERITH Prince of Wales

1952 map Woolwich town centre 1952

Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
04.05.55
AM
5RT
5RT
3RT

RT type introduced.

17.10.56
AM
5RT
5RT
--

WOOLWICH - ERITH ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn - replaced by an extension of Route 53 from Plumstead Garage.

30.04.58
AM
5RT
5RT
--

122A times

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

08.05.63
AM
5RT
4RT
4RT

WOOLWICH - ERITH
Sunday service re-introduced - the 53 extension withdrawn.

01.07.64
AM
5RT
4RT
6RT

ERITH - WOOLWICH (MS) - CRYSTAL PALACE (Suns)
Sunday extended from Woolwich to Crystal Palace via Route 122.

1964 map Woolwich Town Plan July 1964
Extracted from 1964 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
RT2070

RT2070 Erith Prince of Wales Stand in Avenue Road. Behind is Abbey Wood (AW) - RM180 (VLT180) on route 99. Abbey Wood ran the 180 weekdays at the time and the buses used on route 99 on a Sunday..

Everything in the picture has gone even Erith Odeon seen above the bus rooftop. The road is now a dual carriageway called James Watt Way.

© John King

23.08.69
AM
6MB
5MB
2MB

ERITH - WOOLWICH
Sunday withdrawn between Woolwich and Crystal Palace.
Converted to single deck one person operation.

MBS623

MB623 at the new stand at Erith in Bexley Road, it is still unchanged to this day.

This image available on the
Single Deck download

10.11.74
AM
6DMS
5DMS
2DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

22.04.78
AM41+
6DMS
6DMS
3DMS

ERITH - WOOLWICH Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Extended from Woolwich to Queen Elizabeth Hospital via Woolwich New Road and Ha Ha Road.

27.04.80
AM41+
6MD
6MD
3MD

Converted to MD type

MD11

MD11 seen at Avenue Road, Erith

© John Parkin

31.10.81
PD41+
6MD
6MD
3MD

Allocation moved to new Plumstead Garage (PD)

04.09.82
BX101+
6DMS
7DMS
--

ERITH - WOOLWICH Queen Elizabeth Hospital (MS)
Sunday service withdrawn -
Reverted to DMS type with the transfer to Bexley heath Garage (BX)

DMS780

DMS780 Okehampton Crescent seen with a very cramped destination blind
WOOLWICH COM. Queen Elizabeth Hospital

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

08.08.83
BX101+
6T
7T
--

Converted to Leyland Titan.

02.11.85
PD41+
6T
5T
--

WOOLWICH QEH - Plumstead - Erith - Manor Road - SLADE GREEN STATION
Extended from Erith to Slade Green Station replacing withdrawn section of Route 99 and re-allocated to PD.

22.03.86
PD41+
5L
5L
--

Converted to Leyland Olympian.

16.01.88
Route withdrawn - replaced by B12 and 422

Operating Garages

PD Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

AM Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

BX Bexleyheath
Changeover at Carlton Road Erith - and had a blind for cuts etc - other changeovers were at Erith and some at BX garage