Route History

Route 285 fares

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
09.05.62
AL
--
--
3RT
 
FW
16RM
17RM
6RM

LONDON AIRPORT Central - Private Tunnel - Harlington Corner - Hatton Cross - Faggs Road - Feltham Stn - Hanworth - Uxbridge Road - Windmill Road - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Hampton Wick - Kingston - New Malden - Raynes Park - Worple Road - WIMBLEDON STATION (Suns) - Queens Road - HAYDONS ROAD STATION (Monday-Saturday)
Trolleybus Replacement service for Route 605

285 TIMES
Extracted from May 1962 Red Book
Can you spot the mistake on the Saturday times ?
RT4559

This classic shot of RT4559 (AL) at London Airport Central complete with offisde number stencil. I find the choice of intermediate points on the blind an odd choice. I would have chosen Hatton Cross instead of Faggs Road and Hampton Hill instead of Norbiton and Hanworth instead of Worple Road

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

 

10.10.62
FW
16RM
17RM
8RM

Sunday only Merton (AL) allocation withdrawn.

08.05.63
AL
--
--
6RT
 
FW
16RM
17RM
4RM

Sunday only Merton (AL) allocation re-introduced.

23.01.66
FW
9RM
9RM
4RM
 
NB
7RM
7RM
--

LONDON AIRPORT Central - KINGSTON (Suns) - HAYDONS ROAD STN (Monday-Saturday)
Sunday withdrawn between Kingston & Wimbledon thus AL allocation also withdrawn.
Monday-Saturday Norbiton (NB) allocation introduced.

31.12.66
FW
8RM
7RM
--
 
NB
6RM
6RM
4RM

LONDON AIRPORT Central - KINGSTON (Suns) - NEW MALDEN (Monday-Friday/Saturday evgs) - RAYNES PARK STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - WIMBLEDON STN (Sat afts)
Monday-Friday withdrawn between New Malden and Haydons Road except for peak service extended to Raynes Park Station.
Saturday withdrawn between Wimbledon Station and Haydons Road and further withdrawn outside shopping hours between New Malden and Wimbledon.
Wimbledon to Haydons Road section covered by revised service 200.
Sunday FW allocation transferred to NB.

RM1106

RM1106 (FW) leaving London Airport as it was known then heading for Haydons Road

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

19.07.69
FW
8RM
7RM
2RFo
 
NB
6RM
6RM
4RFo

Sunday One Person Operation introduced and Sunday FW re-introduced.

RF366

A poor quality image of RF366 which has nearly completed the Sunday journey from Kingston

This image available on the
Single Deck download

24.01.70
FW
8RM
5RM
2RFo
 
NB
6RM
6RM
4RFo

LONDON AIRPORT - KINGSTON (Suns) - NEW MALDEN (Mon-Sat) - RAYNES PARK STATION (Mon-Fri peaks)
Saturday withdrawn between New Malden and Wimbledon.

27.03.71
FW
7SMS
5SMS
--
 
NB
6SMS
2SMS
4SMS

HEATHROW AIRPORT - KINGSTON - NEW MALDEN (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat shop hours)
Daily conversion to One Person Operation.
Withdrawn between Kingston and Raynes Park except for Mon-Fri peak - and Sat shopping hours   journeys to New Malden.
Sunday FW allocation withdrawn.

18.09.71
FW
9SMS
8SMS
--
 
NB
4SMS
--
4SMS

Saturday FW allocation withdrawn.

SMS629

SMS629 Queens Building Heathrow

This image available on the
Single Deck download

12.05.73
FW
12SMS
9SMS
--
 
NB
--
--
4SMS

Mon-Fri Norbiton (NB) allocation withdrawn.

19.07.75
FW
12SMS
10DMS
--
 
NB
--
--
4DMS

HEATHROW AIRPORT - KINGSTON - NEW MALDEN (Mon-Fri except evgs /Sat shop hours)
Mon-Fri extended from Kingston to New Malden between peak hours and buses diverted at Hatton Cross via Underground Station.
Weekend converted to double deck operation.

DMS153

DMS153 is seen at Hatton Cross on the first day of DMS operation

© John Parkin

13.06.76
FW151+
12DMS
10DMS
--
 
NB41+
--
--
4DMS

Mon-Fri converted to double deck DMS operation.

22.04.78
FW151+
12DMS
10DMS
--
 
NB41+
--
--
5DMS

HEATHROW AIRPORT Central - KINGSTON -; NEW MALDEN Police Station (Mon-Fri except evgs /Sat shop hours/Sun except evgs)
Sunday before 1900 extended from Kingston to New Malden.

26.03.79
FW151+
12M
7M
--
 
NB41+
--
--
5DMS

Mon-Sat DMS converted to M type.


29.07.79
FW151+
12M
7M
--
 
NB41+
--
--
5M

Norbiton (NB) converted from DMS to M type.

M67

M67 seen emerging from Heathrow Bus Station

This image available on the
Metrobus download

04.09.82
FW151+
8M
7M
5M

Norbiton (NB) allocation withdrawn.

12.04.86
FW151+
9M
8M
5M

HEATHROW CENTRAL - Cargo Tunnel - Cargo Terminal - Terminal 4 - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Hanworth - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Hampton Wick - KINGSTON -; NEW MALDEN (Mon-Fri except evgs /Sat shop hours/Sun except evgs)
Service diverted at Hatton Cross to serve new Terminal 4.

27.06.87
FW151+
9M
7M
4M

HEATHROW CENTRAL - KINGSTON -; NEW MALDEN (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri outside peaks - Saturday and Sunday withdrawn between Kingston and New Malden.

30.09.89
FW151+
9M
7M
4M

HEATHROW CENTRAL - Harlington Corner - Hatton Cross - KINGSTON -; NEW MALDEN (Mon-Fri peaks)
Service reverted to original routeing via Harlington Corner.

07.04.90
FW151+
9M
7M
4DT

Sunday converted to midibus operation.

29.09.90
FW151+
13DT
11DT
4DT

HEATHROW AIRPORT CENTRAL - KINGSTON
Mon-Sat shopping hours diverted via Hampton Sainsbury,s and converted to Dart operation.
Withdrawn between Kingston and New Malden.

dt46

DT46 Kingston

This image available on the
Single Deck download

28.08.93
FW151+
13DT
11DT
4DT

Daily shopping hours diverted via Hampton Sainsbury,s

29.10.94
FW151+
12DT/3M
12DT/3M
6DT

HEATHROW AIRPORT CENTRAL Bus Station - Tunnel - Compass Centre - Bath Road - Harlington Corner - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Hanworth - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Hampton Wick - KINGSTON
Diverted at Heathrow via British Airways Compass Centre

29.06.96
Buslines
15Dart
14Dart
7Dart

Operation transferred to London Buslines

LBL618

London Bus Lines dedicated 285 livery at Hatton Cross Station

This image available on the
First London download

30.06.01
HH451+
17DPS
16DPS
12DPS

HEATHROW AIRPORT CENTRAL Bus Station - Tunnel - Bath Road - Harlington Corner - Hatton Cross - Feltham - Hanworth - Hampton Hill - Teddington - Hampton Wick - KINGSTON
Contract reassigned to London United - and routeing via Compass Centre withdrawn
At Hampton Sainsbury's buses stayed outside until remedial works were made by Sainsbury's - allegedly the longer buses couldn't turn there. Buses re-entered Sainsbury's by September. More importantly - in Hampton Hill buses were rerouted away from Windmill Road - because of problems with parked cars - especially in the narrow section at the High Street end - the installation of chicanes along the Road hadn't helped either. Nothing was ever done about this - and in the end the temporary rerouteing became permanent. New stops were then added in the previously unserved section of Uxbridge Road south of Windmill Road - the 726 used to traverse this section nonstop - but now calls at the new stop at Ormond Drive! (also used by the R70 - but there was no stop there before). This broke up a long nonstop section on the 726 between Park Road and Hampton Church.
New Night route added (N285) making this a 24 hour service.
Route H91 was transferred to Stamford brook (V) to make room for this new addition

dps564

DPS564 Bath Road, Heathrow

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Transdev download

01.12.01
HH451+
19DPS
18DPS
17DPS

HEATHROW Terminal 3 - KINGSTON
Route T123 - from Feltham Station to Heathrow Terminals 1 - 2 & 3 - was merged with the 285. Buses were diverted via a double run on New Road - off Feltham Station Road bridge - to the north side of Feltham Station (though southbound buses can use the Bedfont Lane level crossing if the gates are open - they don't miss any stops doing this) - and at Heathrow was extended to Terminal 3 (the T123 had served all three terminals). There was also a pvr increase and even newer route branded DPSs with luggage space were provided (the DPs off the T123 were employed elsewhere at AV and HH - and the nearly new DPSs off the 285 went to TV for Routes K2/K3). However - there was stand problems at Terminal 3 - and the route was soon cut back to the Central Bus Station. The date was never recorded officially - but was sometime between 5 January 2002 and April 2002.

25.01.03
HH451+
19DPS
18DPS
17DPS

HEATHROW Terminal 3 - KINGSTON
Route re-extended to Terminal 3.
The route officially diverted via Uxbridge Road instead of Windmill Road in Hampton Hill.

285 map
Scanned from LT leaflet dated 25.01.03
11.01.04
HH451+
19DPS
18DPS
17DPS

HEATHROW Terminal 3 - KINGSTON
Route re-extended to Terminal 3.

23.01.04
HH451+
19DPS
18DPS
17DPS
Night Service  
4DPS
4DPS
4DPS

Night service previously numbered N285 now incorporated into main service, running numbers remained the same as daytime service

19.03.05
HH451+
18DPS
17DPS
10DPS
Night Service
HH471+
4DPS
4DPS
4DPS

HEATHROW Central Bus Station- KINGSTON
Withdrawn between Terminal 3 and Central Bus Station
Night service running number change

25.03.06
HH451+
19DPS
17DPS
13DPS
Night Service
HH471+
4DPS
4DPS
4DPS

Rerouted via Eastern Perimeter Road between Hatton Cross and Harlington Corner upon closure of Eastchurch Road.

01.07.06
HH451+
19DPS
17DPS
13DPS
Night Service
HH471+
4DPS
4DPS
4DPS

Contract extended for two years

28.06.08
HH451+
19DPS
17DPS
13DPS
Night Service
HH471+
4DPS
4DPS
4DPS

Start of new contract

17.09.08
HH451+
19DE
17DE
13DE
Night service
HH471+
4DE
4DE
4DE

Start of conversion of Darts to Enviro 200's. completed by 27.09.08

DE17

DE17 Bath Road Harlington Corner

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Transdev download

285 times

Operating Garages

Buslines
Changeover point - Macdonalds Bath Road

FW Fulwell
Changeover point at HAMPTON HILL Hampton Road.

NB Norbiton
Changeover point Kingston Bus Station or Norbiton Church.

AL Merton
Changeover point Wimbledon Station

HH Hounslow Heath
Changeover point Hatton Cross Station. (shuttle cars provided)

Page dedicated to Don Hodgkinson

Stands and turning points

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