Route History

03.10.34
A
20NS
13NS
8NS
 
AL
2NS/32
1NS/49
3NS/32
3NS/49
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MORDEN STATION - St Helier - Reigate Avenue - Oldfields Road - Collingwood Road - Sutton Garage - Sutton Green - Sutton High Street - Cheam Village - North Cheam - London Road - MORDEN STATION ( circular route in both directions )
MS peaks extra service ST HELIER Rose - Morden Station - London Road - SUTTON COMMON ROAD Woodstock ( This section was worked by Merton (AL ).

1934 map
Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
09.12.36
A
21DL
4STL
19STL
11STL
 
AL
5STL/77A
1STL/88
7STL/77A
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DL and STL type introduced

05.01.38
A
25STL
19STL
12STL
 
AL
5STL/77A
1STL/88
7STL/49
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DL type withdrawn

02.05.45
A
24STL
19STL
11STL
 
AL
4D/88
4D/88
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Merton (AL) introduces Daimler type

09.10.46
A
17D
14D
11D
 
AL
4D
5D
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Sutton (A) Daimler type introduced

The LOTS info @ March 1946 also shows a far longer ADDITIONAL SERVICE: Morden - North Cheam (Priory Road) via London Road (daily - special journeys) although I am unsure when the journeys were extended from The Woodstock
The February 1946 Red Book also shows that there was an additional service between Morden and North Cheam via London Road Sat & Sun afternoon and evening but I am also unsure when these additions were added but the Sunday pm portion is not shown in the 1949 Red Book

12.11.47
A
17D
19D
9D
 
AL
4D
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Saturday Merton (AL) allocation withdrawn

06.05.53
A
17RTL
19RTL
8RTL
 
AL
3D/77
5D/88
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D type replaced by RTL at Sutton (A)

07.10.53
A
16RT
17RT
8RT
 
AL
1RT-77 - 4RT-88
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Sutton RTL type replaced by RT and Merton D type replaced by RT.

30.04.58
A
13RT
17RT
5RT
 
AL
4RT88
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156 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
12.10.60
A
13RT
17RT
2RT
 
AL
4RT
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MORDEN STN - St Helier - SUTTON GARAGE (Suns) - Cheam - North Cheam - MORDEN STATION (MS)
Sunday withdrawn between Sutton and Morden via Cheam.

RT307

This classic view of RT307 at Morden also shows a Green Line RF on Route 712 and Deborah Kerr is starring in the Naked Edge at the Odeon opposite

This image available on the
RT download

11.10.61
Route withdrawn - replaced partly by New Route 286 which covered the Collingwood Road area.

Operating Garages

A Sutton
Changeover point outside garage

AL Merton
Buses ex other routes - changeover varied but most were spreadover duties therefore garage based.

Sent by Gordon Frewin - comments welcome

 Oct 1934 - PDF Bus Map -&- LOTS info - Additional Service: not shown
 
 Oct 1938 - LOTS info - Additional service: North Cheam to St. Helier via Morden
 
 Jun 1939 - PDF Bus Map - Additional Service: runs Mon-Sat rush hours - Mon-Fri evenings & Sat afternoon St. Helier Avenue - Morden - North Cheam (Priory Road)
 
 Dec 1940 - PDF Bus Map - Additional Service: runs Mon-Fri rush hours & Sat am rush hour St. Helier Avenue - Morden - North Cheam (Priory Road)
 
 Jan 1943 - PDF Bus Map - Additional Service: runs Sat rush hours & some Mon-Fri journeys St. Helier Avenue - Morden - North Cheam (Queen Victoria)
 
 Mar 1946 - LOTS info - Additional Service: Morden - North Cheam (Priory Road) via London Road (daily - special journeys)
 
 Jun 1946 / Jul 1952 / Apr 1958 - PDF Bus Maps - Additional Service: not shown
 
 Jan 1957 to May 1961 - LT Bus Maps - Additional Service: not shown
 

Ken Glazier in his book "London Buses Before The War" refers to a Route 156A (Page 115 - @ bottom) - and having no other info about this route - I'm wondering if perhaps the original Additional Service - was at some point re-numbered to a new Route 156A - and a longer Additional Service was combined into the main 156 - on withdrawal of the 156A. But I'm just speculating about the possibilities here Ian - as I have no info about the 156A - other than what appears in Ken Glazier's book - which is hardly anything at all - it's also possible that he's referring to a pre-October 1934 variant of the 156.