Route History

181 fares

14.05.52
CA
15RTL
18RTL
8RTL

VICTORIA - Vauxhall - Stockwell - Clapham - Balham - Tooting - Southcroft Road - STREATHAM St Leonards Church
This was the renumbering of Route 57A

181

Scanned from 1952 bus map from historical series - available as a download

The Greater London Bus Map

02.11.55
CA
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL

VICTORIA - STREATHAM GARAGE
Extended from St Leonards Church to Streatham Garage.

30.04.58

CA
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL
181 times

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

It should be noted that Sat late night journey from Streatham to Kennington - this was probably introduced for staff purposes as the N87 did not run this night. I am not sure when these journeys were introduced

26.11.58
SW
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL

Clapham Garage closed - allocation transferred to Stockwell (SW)

09.10.63
SW
14RTL
17RTL
6RM

Sunday routemasters introduced.

23.01.66
SW
13RTL
13RTL
--

VICTORIA - STREATHAM GARAGE  ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn.

RTL1619

RTL1619 Balham High Road

This image availabe on the
RTL download

19.07.69
SW
10RT
7RM
--

Saturday Routemaster allocation introduced.

RM1578

RM1578 seen on a Saturday duty 1970

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

02.01.71
SW
10SMS
7SMS
--

Converted to single deck one person operation.

sms311

SMS311 Vauxhall Bridge Road

This image available on the
Single Deck download

16.11.75
SW
10DMS
7DMS
--

Converted to double deck

31.03.79
AL
4DMS
--
--

STREATHAM GARAGE - CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town ( Mon-Fri except evenings )
Withdrawn between Clapham and Victoria - and transferred to Merton (AL)

Saturday withdrawn

181 times
 
DMS363

DMS363 is seen outside Streatham Garage on the last day of Route 181 operation

© John Parkin

24.04.81
Last day of operation.

Operating Garages

SW Stockwell
Changeover point Stockwell Station

CA Clapham
Changeover point Clapham Common Station

AL Merton
Changeover point unknown but probably Tooting Broadway