Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.09.68
L
13RT
7RT
6RT

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford - Woodford Wells - LOUGHTON STATION
Route re-introduced partly replacing  former 38A
which was withdrawn

Scanned from September 1968 Red Book

RT4463 seen at Walthamstow ?

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection
Photographer unknown

14.06.69
L
12MB
8MB
6MB

Converted to single deck One Person Operation
WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN
- EPPING TOWN - EPPING St Margarets Hospital (daily journeys)
Extended from Loughton to Epping via former 20B

MB630 at the Wake Arms

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01.01.70
L
12MB
8MB
6MB

Extracted from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

24.04.76
L
10DMS
8DMS
6DMS

Converted to double deck DMS operation.

DMS606 at St Margaret's Hospital before the route was
cut back to Debden

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09.10.76
L1+
8DMS
8DMS
4DMS

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford Wells - Loughton - Chester Road - DEBDEN BROADWAY
Re-routed at Loughton via Chester Road to Debden Broadway.
Route 20A was withdrawn from this section and diverted instead to Epping .

28.01.82
L1+
8T
8T
6T

DMS type replaced by Leyland Titan.

T393 seen at LOUGHTON Crown

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04.09.82
L1+
9LS
8LS
3LS

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL - DEBDEN BROADWAY (loop via Debden Est or Rectory Lane)
SDO jnys diverted to West Hatch School

Leyland National LS183 Walthamstow Central

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24.05.86
EN
dd
dd
dd
Contract reassigned

L allocation transferred to Eastern National
WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford Wells - Loughton - Debden Estate - DEBDEN STATION
Operation transferred to Eastern Nation under LRT/Essex County Council tendering process.
Loop working between Goldings Hill and Debden Station withdrawn.

EN3096 at Walthamstow Central

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EN1882 at Woodford Wells

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1823 seen at Woodford Green

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EN 1778 Loughton

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07.03.92
DX
8sd
7sd
3sd
Contract reassigned
Grey Green 112 Loughton High Road
Grey Green 857 at Walthamstow Central

01.06.98
DX51+
8sd
8sd
3sd
H
dd
--
--
 
NP
3dd
--
-

Capital Citybus introduced - covering school journeys only 

   
Capital Citybus139 loads at Woodford Green the school children the double deck journey was intended for
Normally gracing the streets of Bermondsey and Peckham ADL965 sets off for a run into Essex from Walthamstow Central
Extracted from 1999 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

23.04.01
DX51+
8sd
8sd
5sd
School Journeys
NP
3dd
--
--
First Capital (H) allocation withdrawn.
   
TN817 waits at Debden for one of the Mon-Fri SDO journeys
Dennis Dart Plaxton Pointer 2 PDL35 at Loughton Station
09.03.02
DX51+
8sd
3dd
8sd
5sd

First Capital SDO journeys transferred to Arriva

 

 

Leyland Olympian Northern Counties L523 seen at "The Castle"

 


26.04.03
DX51+
11VLW
11VLW
6VLW

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

 

 

Normally seen on Route 128 - VLA129 wanders onto our route at Woodford Green Autumn 2005. Also unusual is the short working to Debden Estate

 

29.01.07
DX51+
10VLW
10VLW
6VLW

Terminal at Debden changed to Vere Road instead of Burton Road

 

 

Wright Eclipse Gemini VLW106 at Woodford Green

 

24.03.07
EC51+
10DLA
10DLA
5DLA

New contract commenced and allocation moved to Edmonton (EC)

 

 

 

DLA303 Walthamstow Central Bus Station

 

 

24.03.12
BE201+
10WVL
9WVL
4WVL
Contract reassigned

New contract awarded to GoAhead  ( Blue Triangle ) operating from the Rainham base.

 Go-Ahead Blue Triangle Volvo B9TL/Wright Eclipse Gemini 2 LJ61NUO (WVL458) Loughton Tube Station 24/09/16

 

 

WVL458 Loughton

 

22.06.13
NP171+
10WVL
9WVL
4WVL
Contract novated within Go-Ahead group
to London General (NP)

  WVL461 Debden stand

25.03.17
NP171+
11WVL
10WVL
4WVL

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - Leyton - Whipps Cross - Woodford Wells - Loughton - Debden Estate - DEBDEN STATION
Contract extended for two years

23.03.19
AW41+
10EH
10EH
5EH
Contract reassigned to CT Plus

DEBDEN  -  WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL
Contract reassigned to CT Plus

Back To Central  Smartening Up The 20 
On loan from Stagecoach until more new buses are delivered The new order is seen here on the stand at Walthamstow Central

 

Click map to enlarge
Taken from 2018 map drawn by Mike Harris
Greater London Bus Map

 

 

 

Operating Garages

L Loughton
Changeover point outside garage

EC Edmonton
Up to May 2009 buses ran light from Walthamstow Central to garage for breaks
Changeover point Hainault Court stop in Lea Bridge Road
drivers used to come by car from EC via the A406 and wait in the stand here where there is a generous bay

DX Barking
Changeover point Walthamstow Central ?

NP Northumberland Park
Changeover point Walthamstow Central

BE Blue Triangle - Rainham
Meal Relief point Walthamstow Central

AW Walthamstow
Meal Relief point Walthamstow Central