Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
22ST
 
X
15ST
15ST
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE - Willesden Lane - Kilburn High Road - Maida Vale - ,Marylebone Road - Tottenham Court Road - Charing Cross Road - Trafalgar Square - Strand - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant & Castle - Bricklayers Arms - Southwark Park Road - Surrey Docks Station - Deptford Broadway - Lewisham Road - LEWISHAM Rennell Street
M
on-Sat peaks diverted northbound via Westminster Bridge and Whitehall instead of Waterloo Bridge

Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

02.01.35
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
16ST
 
X
15ST
15ST
6ST

WILLESDEN  -  LEWISHAM
Sunday Middle Row (X) introduced

04.10.39
P
3ST
3ST
--
 
TL
19ST
19ST
11ST
 
X
16ST
16ST
11ST

WILLESDEN  -  LEWISHAM
Mon-Sat peak service rerouted via Waterloo Bridge

13.12.39
AC
9STL
9STL
9STL
 
P
4LT
4LT
--
 
TL
10STL
10STL
8STL

WILLESDEN  -  LEWISHAM
Mon-Sat Middle Row (X) replaced by Willesden (AC)

03.01.40
AC
9STL
9STL
9STL
 
TL
21STL
10STL
16ST
8ST

WILLESDEN  -  LEWISHAM 
Old Kent Road (P) withdrawn

29.10.41
W
9STL
9STL
8STL
 
TL
10STL
11ST
10STL
11ST
9STL

WILLESDEN  -  LEWISHAM 
Willesden (AC) replaced by Cricklewood (W)

28.10.42
W
9STL
9STL
8STL
 
TL
7STL
14ST
11STL
11ST
9STL

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Withdrawn between Marylebone and Willesden Mon-Fri evenings and Sat pm

13.02.46
W
11ST
11ST
9STL
 
TL
29ST
23ST
8STL

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM

Taken from 13.02.46 Red Book

24.03.48
W
11RT+
13ST
13STL
    1STL/16    
 
TL
29ST
23ST
12STL

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
RT type introduced at Catford (TL)

20.10.48
W
11RT+
13RT
13RT
    1STL/16    
 
TL
29RT
23RT
11RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Full RT allocation from this date except for 1 cross linked STL at Cricklewood (W)

This 1950 allocation book is in pdf form and has been photo copied - it is not the best reproduction but all the routes are included that were in service at the time

02.05.51
P
--
--
7RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT
13RT
13RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Sunday P allocation introduced.

14.05.52
RL
--
--
7RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT
13RT
13RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Sunday P allocation replaced by RL allocation.

22.10.52
P
--
--
4RT
 
TL
29RT
23RT
12RT
 
W
11RT+1/16
13RT
13RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Sunday RL allocation replaced by P allocation.

12.10.55
TL
27RT
23RT
13RT
 
W
9RT+1/16
11RT
8RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Sunday only P allocation withdrawn

02.05.56
P
--
--
4RT
 
TL
27RT
23RT
10RT
 
W
11RT+1/16
11RT
11RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE ( Mon-Fri except evenings / Sat am / Suns ) - MARYLEBONE STATION ( Mon-Fri evenings / Sat pm ) - LEWISHAM
Sunday P allocation re-introduced.

RT800 is parked at the Rennell Street stand at the back of the Odeon in Lewisham


27.06.56
P
27RT
17RT
16RT
 
W
--
--
10RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) - LEWISHAM - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peaks)
Monday-Saturday section Marylebone to Willesden replaced by new 176.
Monday-Saturday W allocation transferred to 176.
TL allocation transferred to P.

16.10.57
P
12RT
13RT
12RT
 
W
--
--
10RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) - SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Monday-Friday section between Surrey Docks & Lewisham replaced by new 199.

30.04.58
P
12RT
13RT
17RT
 
W
--
--
7RT
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List

26.11.58
NX
12RT
11RT
12RT
 
W
--
--
6RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sat pm/Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Saturday pm extended from Marylebone to Willesden Garage.
P Garage closed - allocation transferred to NX.

04.03.59
NX
12RT
11RT
11RT
 
RL
--
--
3RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sat pm/Suns) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
W allocation withdrawn in favour of RL allocation.

13.05.59
NX
12RT
11RT
17RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday pm/Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
RL allocation withdrawn.

14.10.59
NX
12RT
11RT
11RT
 
RL
--
--
3RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday pm/Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
Sunday RL allocation re-introduced

10.05.61
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday pm/Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday peak journeys)
RL allocation withdrawn.

RT2194 is heading for Noah's Ark in Deptford.
The UPPER CASE blind suggests the picture is pre 1961


10.10.62
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday pm/Sunday) ;- CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Friday am peak journeys)
RL allocation withdrawn.
Saturday pm projection from Marylebone to Willesden Garage withdrawn.
Saturday peak journeys to Catford Garage withdrawn.

21.11.62
NX
12RT
11RT
14RT

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sundays) - MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Saturday) -  SURREY DOCKS STN (Monday-Friday/Saturday am) -  LEWISHAM (Saturday pm/Sunday)
Peak journeys to Catford Garage withdrawn.

27.01.65
AC
--
5RTW
--
 
NX
12RT
20RT
12RT
 
TL
19RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sat/Sun) - MARYLEBONE STN (Monday-Friday) - LEWISHAM (Sunday) - CATFORD GARAGE ( Sats ) - Downham - Bromley - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Monday-Friday extended from Surrey Docks to Bromley Garage via the present 199.
and will run in two overlapping sections, from Marylebone to Surrey Docks and from Waterloo to Bromley Garage
Saturday extended from Marylebone to Willesden and from Surrey Docks to Catford Garage
Mon-Fri Catford (TL) allocation introduced replacing 199
Saturday Willesden (AC) allocation introduced replacing 176 which was withdrawn between Waterloo and Willesden on this day

 
01.12.66
AC
--
5RTL
--
 
NX
12RT
20RT
12RT
 
TL
19RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Sat/Sun) - MARYLEBONE STN (Monday-Friday) - LEWISHAM (Sunday) - CATFORD GARAGE ( Sats ) - Downham - Bromley - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Willesden (AC) RTW allocation withdrawn in favour of RTL.

RTL1583 parked at Pound Lane surrounded by new routemasters

31.12.66
NX
8RT
20RT
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday) - MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) -  CATFORD GARAGE (Mon-Fri evgs / Saturday)  BROMLEY GARAGE ( Monday-Friday except evgs)
Sunday  withdrawn with the introduction of 1A Willesden & Greenwich


22.03.69
NX
8RT
20RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

WILLESDEN GARAGE (Saturday) - MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) -  CATFORD GARAGE (Mon-Fri evgs / Saturday)  BROMLEY GARAGE ( Monday-Friday except evgs)
Saturday converted to RM operation.

22.10.69
NX
11RT
15RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturdays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Saturday withdrawn between Trafalgar Square & Willesden Garage.

19.04.71
NX
11RT
15RM
--
 
TL
18RT
--
--

MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturdays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Re-routed via Baker Street - Oxford Street - and Charing Cross Road instead of Tottenham Court Road

20.05.72
NX
18RT
16RM
--
 
TL
11RT
--
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) - BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)
Saturday shopping hours extended from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Circus.

RT4712 Oxford Street, November 1974

busmap.co.uk


26.01.75
NX
18RT
16RM
--
 
TL
11RM
--
--

MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) -
BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)

TL allocation converted from RT to RM.

23.02.75
NX
18RM
16RM
--
 
TL
11RM
--
--

MARYLEBONE (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) - CATFORD GARAGE (Saturdays) -
BROMLEY GARAGE (Monday-Friday)

Monday-Friday NX allocation converted from RT to RM.

11.04.77  -  25.06.77

Smirnoff SRM13 Trafalgar Square which was transferred to Stockwell in June for service on Route 2

busmap.co.uk


28.10.78
NX171+
16RM
13RM
3RM
 
TL141+
9RM
--
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours/Sundays) - SURREY DOCKS STN (Sundays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Monday-Friday withdrawn between Catford & Bromley.,
Sunday Route re-introduced between Charing Cross and Surrey Docks.

04.09.82
NX171+
8RM
6RM
3RM
 
TL141+
12RM
6RM
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours/Sundays) -SURREY QUAYS STN (Sundays) - CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday TL introduced

20.04.84
NX171+
8RM
6RM
--
 
TL141+
12RM
6RM
--

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday except shopping hours) -CATFORD GARAGE (Monday-Saturday)
Sunday Route withdrawn - replaced by re-introduced 1A

02.11.85
NX171+
13RM+1/21
6RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
7T

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday early am and evenings/Sunday) -  Deptford,  GREENWICH Cutty Sark
Daily diverted at Deptford to GREENWICH Cutty Sark.
Sunday One Man Operation introduced.

21.06.86
NX171+
13RM
8RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
8T

MARYLEBONE STATION (Monday-Friday) - OXFORD CIRCUS (Saturday shopping hours/Sunday) - TRAFALGAR SQUARE (Saturday early am and evenings) -  GREENWICH Cutty Sark
Sunday extended from Trafalgar Square to Oxford Circus

25.10.86
NX171+
13RM
7RM
--
 
TL141+
--
--
5T

Sunday (NX) introduced.

06.06.87
NX171+
6T
--
6T
 
TB151+
14T
18T
6T

TRAFALGAR SQUARE - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant & Castle - Bermondsey - Surrey Quays - Deptford - Greenwich - Lewisham - Catford - Downham - Bromley - BROMLEY GARAGE
Converted to OPO daily.
Extended from Greenwich to Bromley Garage replacing withdrawn 199 between Lewisham and Bromley Common
TB allocation introduced

21.11.87
NX171+
6T
--
--
 
TB151+
14T
18T
6T
 
TL141+
--
--
6T

Sunday NX allocation replaced by re-introduced TL allocation.


T1055 (TB) Surrey Quays, November 1988

busmap.co.uk


11.08.90
NX171+
6T
--
--
 
TB151+
14T
8T
6T
 
TL131+
--
9T
--
 
TL141+
--
--
6T

TRAFALGAR SQUARE  -  BROMLEY GARAGE
Part of Saturday TB allocation transferred to TL - Note the different running number sequence at TL

 

27.04.91
NX171+
8L
7L
--
Selkent involvemwnt severed

ALDWYCH - SURREY QUAYS STN (Monday-Saturday)
Withdrawn between Surrey Quays and Bromley - this section replaced by New Route 199 between SQS and Catford Garage and the remainder of the route by  existing Route 208

06.01.92
NX171+
8L
7L
--

ALDWYCH - SURREY QUAYS STN - Salter Road - Brunel Road - ROTHERITHE TUNNEL ROUNDABOUT (SDO with the flow journeys)
SDO journeys introduced via Salter Road to Rotherhithe

L85 just come off Waterloo Brige to terminate at Aldwych

18.07.92
NX171+
9L
7L
--

HOLBORN STN - SURREY QUAYS STN - SURREY QUAYS STN - ROTHERITHE (SDO with the flow journeys)
Extended from Aldwych to Holborn Station

Map drawn by
© Darius Grigg
08.10.94
NX171+
10L
7L
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - SURREY QUAYS STN - ROTHERITHE (SDO with the flow journeys)
Extended from Holborn to Centre point

14.11.98
DM
11dd
8dd
--
 
NP
2dd
--
--
Route transferred from London Central to Capital Citybus

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - SURREY QUAYS STN - ROTHERITHE (SDO with the flow journeys)
New operator

18.09.99
DM121+
11TN
8TN
6dd
 
NP
2dd
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Extended from Surrey Quays to Canada Water
Sunday service introduced
Converted to low floor double deck operation

22.09.99
DM121+
11TN
8TN
6dd
 
NP
2dd
--
--
BE
2dd

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Additional peak journeys introduced which were subcontract to Blue Triangle

First Capital 219 Waterloo Bridge

05.12.99
DM
11M/TN
8M/TN
6dd
 
NP
2M
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Metrobuses introduced at Dagenham (DM)

08.01.00
DM
13TN
11TN
6dd
 
BT
2M
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Northumberland Park (NP) withdrawn.

27.03.00
DM
13TN
8TN
10TN
 
Y
2M
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Blue Triangle allocation transferred within First to Centre West (Orpington)

01.05.00
DM
13TN
8TN
10TN
 
Y
2M
--
--

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Peak extra operation returned to Blue Triangle.

05.06.00
DM
13TN
11TN
10TN

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Blue Triangle withdrawn.

01.12.01
H
13TN
11TN
10TN

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Dagenham (DM) allocation transferred to Hackney (H)

TN810 at Waterloo makes use of the wide blind aperture and displays 9 intermediate points using the top line for 3

15.10.05
MA101+
14VWL
13VWL
9VWL
Operation transferred to East Thames Buses

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
New operator

VWL17 on the New Kent Road

03.10.09
MA101+
15VWL
13VWL
8VWL
Route transferred to Go Ahead/ London General.

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
New operator

VWL42 Waterloo Bridge

06.02.10
MW41+
16VWL
13VWL
9VWL

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Allocation moved to Mandela Way (MW)

04.10.14
MW41+
17VWL
14VWL
10VWL

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Contract extended for two years

E185 overtakes WVL412 on Waterloo Bridge

01.10.16
MW41+
17WHV
15WHV
11WHV

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Contract renewal with new buses

22.04.17
MW41+
15WHV
13WHV
10WHV

NEW OXFORD STREET Centre Point - CANADA WATER
Frequency reductions

WHV153 at Bricklayers Arms / New Kent Road

© Ian Armstrong


29.07.17
NX101+
15WHV
13WHV
10WHV

HOLBORN STATION - CANADA WATER
Mandela Way (MW) closed, allocation moved to New Cross (NX)

02.12.17
NX101+
15WHV
13WHV
10WHV

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD Centre point  -  CANADA WATER Bus Station
Temporary curtailment at Holbown discontinued, buses returning to Earnshaw Street stand

17.03.18
MG101+
15WHV
13WHV
10WHV

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD Centre point  -  CANADA WATER Bus Station
New Cross (NX) allocation moved to Morden Wharf (MG)

WHV145 seen in Waterloo Road

© Anthony Moore


02.10.21
MG101+
15WHV
13WHV
10WHV

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD Centre point  -  CANADA WATER Bus Station
Contract extended for two years

Current Blind

 



 

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Operating Garages

MG Morden Wharf
Changeover point Old Vic Waterloo

The crews would probably use Jubilee Line from North Greenwich to Waterloo

AC Willesden
Changeover point at garage.

W Cricklewood
Changeover point at Willesden Garage or maybe Quex Road Kilburn ?

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point Bricklayers Arms ? or Lewisham Rennell Street ?

RL Rye Lane - Peckham
Changeover point ?

NX New Cross
Changeover point Waterloo up to about 1985 and then buses ran light from Greenwich to NX.

From July 2017 WATERLOO Old Vic

TL Catford
Changeover point outside garage.

TB Bromley
Changeover point at garage

NP Northumberland Park
Changeover point Canada Water

DM Dagenham
Changeover point Canada Water
``

H Hackney
Changeover point Canada Water

MA Mandela Way
Changeover point during the day SOUTHWARK PARK ROAD / DUNTON ROAD and late evenings light from Canada Water to garage.

Live visual

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Saturday, 09.04.22