Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
11.11.59
PR
22RM
25RM
19RM
 
WH
8RM
--
--

BLOOMSBURY Red Lion Square - Clerkenwell Road - Old Street - Commercial Street - Stepney - Limehouse - Poplar - Canning Town - Barking Road - East Ham - Barking - BARKING GARAGE
This was stage 4 of the Trolleybus Replacement Program

11.10.61
PR
22RM
26RM
19RM
 
WH
10RM
--
6RM

BLOOMSBURY - BARKING GARAGE (Sun) - Bennetts Castle Lane - BECONTREE Chittys Lane (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Barking Garage to Becontree via Bennetts Castle Lane replacing withdrawn section of Route 238 which was diverted to Little Heath.

09.05.62
PR
22RM
26RM
--
 
WH
10RM
--
--

BLOOMSBURY - BECONTREE Chittys Lane (Mon-Sat)
Sunday Route extended from Barking Garage to Becontree via Becontree Avenue and  renumbered 5B  ..

15.08.62
PR
10RM
-
--
 
WH
10RM
--
--

BLOOMSBURY - EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between East Ham and Becontree and diverted at East Ham to "White Horse".
Saturday withdrawn between Barking Garage and Becontree and renumbered 5B
Becontree section replaced by new Mon-Sat 33 Route.

27.01.65
WH
13RM
--
--

BLOOMSBURY - EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri)
PR allocation withdrawn.


01.02.66
WH
13RML
--
--

BLOOMSBURY - EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Fri)
RM type replaced by RML.

07.09.68
PR
--
-
6RM
 
WH
13RML
9RML
--

BLOOMSBURY (Sun) - CLERKENWELL GREEN (Mon-Sat) - POPLAR (Sun) - EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Sat/Sun early journeys)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Clerkenwell Green and Bloomsbury.
Sat introduced between Clerkenwell Green and East Ham partly replacing withdrawn 5C
Sunday introduced between Bloomsbury and Poplar with early journeys extended to East Ham partly replacing withdrawn 5B .

 

 

RML2377 Red Lion Square

 


17.04.71
PR
7DMS
5DMS
4DMS
 
WH131+
7DMS
4DMS
4DMS

BLOOMSBURY (Sun) - CLERKENWELL GREEN (Mon-Sat) - POPLAR (Sun) - EAST HAM White Horse (Mon-Sat/Sun early journeys)
Converted to One Person Operation
Mon-Sat PR allocation re-introduced and Sun WH allocation re-introduced.

DMS240 (WH) Poplar Church, January 1975

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22.04.78
PR
--
3DMS
2DMS
 
WH131+
15DMS
5DMS
5DMS

BLOOMSBURY - EAST HAM White Horse
Revised to operated between Bloomsbury and East Ham all day.

31.01.81
PR
--
3DMS
3DMS
 
WH31+
14DMS
6DMS
5DMS

WATERLOO - Aldwych - Kingsway - Bloomsbury - Clerkenwell Green - Old Street - Great Eastern St - Aldgate - Stepney - Poplar - Canning Town - Plaistow - Upton Park - EAST HAM White Horse
Daily extended from Bloomsbury to Waterloo via Route 68.

25.04.81
BK
--
--
9T
 
U
--
--
7DMS
 
WH131+
21RM
13RM
--

WATERLOO - Aldwych - Kingsway - Bloomsbury - Clerkenwell Green - Old St - Great Eastern St - Aldgate - Stepney - Poplar - Canning Town - Plaistow - East Ham - Barking - Longbridge Road - BECONTREE HEATH
Mon-Sat reverted to Crew Operation.
Daily extended from East Ham to Becontree Heath via withdrawn 23.
PR allocation withdrawn. New Sunday BK and U allocation introduced at the expense of WH.

Back to crew operation as seen here by RML2457 leaving the bus station at Becontree Heath, note the advert on the side

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31.10.81
BK21+
--
--
9T
 
U
--
--
7DMS
 
WH
21RM
13RM
--

WATERLOO - Aldwych - Kingsway - Bloomsbury - Clerkenwell Green - Old Street - Shoreditch - Liverpool Street - Aldgate - Stepney - Poplar - Canning Town - Plaistow - East Ham - Barking - BECONTREE HEATH
Re-routed at Shoreditch via Route 78 to Aldgate instead of via Commercial Street.

The Sunday service remained OPO as evidenced by T171 (BK) turning into the Minories at Aldgate, August 1981

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04.09.82
BK21+
--
--
7Tc
 
U
5RML
11RML
4RML
 
WH131+
15RM
--
--


WATERLOO
(Mon-Fri except evenings) - OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun) - BECONTREE HEATH
Sunday Route reverted to Crew Operation.
Mon-Fri evenings withdrawn between Old Street and Waterloo
Saturday WH allocation withdrawn.
Mon-Sat U allocation introduced.

23.04.83
U91+
5RML
11RML
4RML
 
WH131+
15RM
--
7RM

WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings) - OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun) - BECONTREE HEATH
Sunday BK allocation transferred to WH.

04.12.84
U91+
5RML
11RML
4RML
 
WH131+
15RM
--
7Tc

BECONTREE HEATH  -  OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun)  -  WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings)
Sunday WH allocation to crew T

27.01.85
U91+
5RML
11RML
4RML
 
WH131+
15RM
--
7RM

BECONTREE HEATH  -  OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun)  -  WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings)
WH Sunday operation reverted back to RM

03.08.85
U91+
5RML
11RML
4RML
 
WH131+
15Tc
--
7Tc

BECONTREE HEATH  -  OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun)  -  WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings)
WH vehicles changed from RM to T crew operated.

02.11.85
BK81+
20T
5T
--
 
WH131+
7T
8T
13T

BECONTREE HEATH  -  OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun)  -  WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings)
Converted to One Person Operation.
Mon-Sat BK allocation re-introduced.
Sat WH allocation introduced.
U allocation withdrawn.

21.06.86
BK81+
28T
13T
13T

BECONTREE HEATH  -  OLD STREET STN (Mon-Fri evenings/Sat/Sun)  -  WATERLOO (Mon-Fri except evenings)
WH allocation withdrawn.

04.03.89
BK81+
--
--
13T
 
WH
7T
5T
--

HOLBORN STN (Mon-Sat early journeys) - OLD STREET - POPLAR (Mon-Sat) - PLAISTOW Greengate (Mon-Sat WH garage journeys) - BECONTREE HEATH (Suns)
Withdrawn between Old Street and Waterloo except for early journeys to Holborn Station (replaced by new Red Arrow Route 505)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Poplar and Becontree Heath - this section replaced by new D5
Mon-Sat BK allocation replaced by reintroduced WH allocation.

21.04.90
BK81+
11T
11T
13T

OLD STREET (Sun except evgs) - CANNING TOWN (Mon-Sat/Sun evenings) - BECONTREE HEATH
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Poplar and Old Street/Holborn (partly replaced by new D3) and introduced instead between Canning Town and Becontree Heath replacing withdrawn section of D5.
Sunday Route between Canning Town and Old Street withdrawn after market closed.

01.05.99
BK81+
16TA
12TA
13TA

OLD STREET (Sun except evgs) - CANNING TOWN (Mon-Sat/Sun evenings) - BECONTREE HEATH
Converted to low floor operation.

18.09.99
BK81+
16TA
12TA
7TA

BECONTREE HEATH - CANNING TOWN STN
Sunday extension from Canning Town to Old Street withdrawn.

30.08.03
BK81+
18TA
18TA
10TA
Contract renewal

CANNING TOWN  - BECONTREE HEATH
Contract renewal

25.03.06
BK81+
18TA
17TA
13TA
 
NS1+
11TA
11TA
13TA

CANNING TOWN  - ROMFORD MARKET
Daily extended from Becontree Heath to Romford market via withdrawn Route 87
NS allocation introduced.

Trident 18458 (NS2) en route for the new destination

18.07.09
BK81+
29TA
27TA
20TA

CANNING TOWN  - ROMFORD MARKET
North Street Romford (NS) allocation withdrawn.

19784 AD Enviro 400 is shot from the upper deck of  another 5 at Rush Green

28.08.10
BK81+
30TE
28TE
21TE

CANNING TOWN  -  ROMFORD MARKET
Contract renewal

17263 South Street, Romford

29.08.15
BK80+
33TE
28TE
21TE

CANNING TOWN  -  ROMFORD MARKET
Contract extended for two years

01.04.17
BK1+
33TE
28TE
21TE

CANNING TOWN  -  ROMFORD MARKET 
Running number sequence change

26.08.17
RR301+
33EH/WVL
28EH/WVL
21EH/WVL
Contrat reassigned

CANNING TOWN  -  ROMFORD MARKET
Contract reassigned to GAL - Blue Triangle
Rerouted in Romford via Queens Hospital instead of direct via South Street

WHV487 Romford Station

© Lawrence Living

EH150

EH150 Barking Station

© Samuel Letsu


15.01.22
RR301+
28EH
29EH
23EH
+ buses from N15 and 5 from DS garage

CANNING TOWN  -  ROMFORD MARKET
Revised running time

Current blind



 

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Taken from 2018 map drawn by Mike Harris
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Operating Garages

PR Poplar
Changeover point Aberfeldy Street

WH West Ham
Changeover point Greengate

U Upton Park
Changeover point Priory Road

BK Barking
Changeover point outside garage.

NS North Street - Romford
Changeover point Romford Station

RR River Road
Changeover point BARKING London Road

Live visual

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Thursday, 20.01.22