Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
01.10.50
CA
32RTL
27RTL
17RTL

FARRINGDON STREET - Blackfriars Bridge - Elephant & Castle - Camberwell Green - Brixton - Stockwell - Clapham Common - Clapham Junction - BATTERSEA GARAGE
TRAM REPLACEMENT ROUTE for Tram Route 34

17.01.51
CA
35RTL
34RTL
20RTL

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - Fulham Road - Beaufort Street - Battersea - Clapham - Stockwell - Camberwell - Elephant - Blackfriars Bridge - FARRINGDON STREET
Extended from Battersea Garage to South Kensington Station


Taken from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harriss
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21.03.54
CA
35RTL
33RTL
10RTL
 
Q
--
--
8RTL

SOUTH KENSINGTON  - FARRINGDON STREET
Sunday Camberwell (Q) allocation introduced.

02.05.56
WL
34RTL
32RTL
16RTL

SOUTH KENSINGTON  - FARRINGDON STREET
Clapham (CA) and Camberwell (Q) allocations withdrawn in favour of new Walworth (WL) allocation.

30.04.58
WL
34RTL
32RTL
16RTL

SOUTH KENSINGTON  - FARRINGDON STREET
See timetable


26.11.58
WL
29RTW
32RTW
14RTW

SOUTH KENSINGTON  - FARRINGDON STREET
RTL's replaced by RTW's.

RTW396 Stockwell Station

01.02.61
CF
5RTW
6RTW
--
 
HT51+
--
--
3RM
 
WL
28RTW
30RTW
14RTW

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - Battersea - Clapham - Stockwell - Camberwell - Elephant - Blackfriars - Holborn Circus - Grays Inn Road - Kings Cross - Royal College Street - Prince of Wales Road - Malden Road - HAMPSTEAD HEATH South End Green
PART OF TROLLEYBUS REPLACEMENT SCHEME
Route extended from Farringdon Street to Hampstead Heath via Grays Inn Road and Prince of Wales Road replacing trolleybus routes 513/613.
Mon-Sat CF allocation and Sunday HT allocation introduced.

RTW6 at Walworth Garage

25.04.61
CF
5RTW
6RTW
3RM
 
WL
28RTW
30RTW
14RTW

SOUTH KENSINGTON  -  HAMPSTEAD HEATH
Sunday only Highgate (HT) allocation transferred to Chalk Farm (CF).

 

RM514 (HT) waits on the stand at
South Kensington for the circuitous journey north

 


23.01.66
CF
5RM
8RM
--
 
WL
30RM
24RM
14RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - FARRINGDON STREET (Suns) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Sunday withdrawn between Farringdon Street and Hampstead Heath. Routemasters introduced on a daily basis.

Roofbox RTL73 competes for space at Clapham Common with Routemasters on Route 137

Jeff Lloyd collection


31.12.66
CF
10RM
7RM
--
 
WL
21RM
19RM
--

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - HAMPSTEAD HEATH ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn replaced by Route 17


16.01.71
CF
10RM
7RM
--
 
WL
21RM
16RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat early journeys/Suns) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sats) - KINGS CROSS (Suns) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Saturday withdrawn between Battersea Garage and South Kensington (replaced by new Route 39A and Sunday re-introduced between Kings Cross and South Kensington Stn.

08.01.72
WL
24RM
17RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat early jnys /Sun) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sats) - KINGS CROSS
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Hampstead Heath - replaced by Route 46

08.06.72
WL
24RM
17RM
15RM


SOUTH KENSINGTON STN
(Mon-Fri/Sat early jnys /Sun) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sat shopping hours) - CLAPHAM JUNCTION (Sats) - KINGS CROSS
Saturday withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Battersea garage except for shopping hours.

RM1071 Camberwell Green

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23.02.75
WL
25DM
17DM
15DM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat early jnys /Sun) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sat shopping hours) - CLAPHAM JUNCTION (Sats) - KINGS CROSS
Crew Daimler Fleetlines introduced

DM1786 Elephant and Castle

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19.03.77
WL1+
24RM
17RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sun) or BATTERSEA PARK STN (Sat shop hours) - CLAPHAM JUNCTION (Sats) - ELEPHANT (Mon-Fri) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat/Suns)
MON-FRI withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross except peak hours.
SAT shopping hours diverted at Clapham Junction to BATTERSEA PARK STN.

DM1033 Elephant and Castle

© Eampnn Kentell


28.10.78
HT141+
18DM
--
--
 
WL1+
17DM
18DM
13DM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS (Sat/Sun) - Caledonian Road - Holloway Road - ARCHWAY STN (Mon-Fri)
Daily Route revised as above - Battersea Park Stn journeys withdrawn.
Mon-Fri extended from Kings Cross to Archway Station via withdrawn Route 17.
Holloway (HT) allocation added.


25.04.81
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
17RM
18RM
13RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS (Sat/Sun) - Caledonian Road - Holloway Road - ARCHWAY STN (Mon-Fri)
Daimlers replaced by Routemasters.

23.04.83
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
10RM
18RM
9RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - ARCHWAY STATION
Sat and Sun extended from Kings X to Archway replacing Route 263

27.10.84
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
SW31+
10RM
--
--
 
WL1+
--
18RM
9RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - ARCHWAY STATION
Mon-Fri WL allocation transferred to Stockwell (SW).


27.04.85
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
10Tc
18Tc
9RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - ARCHWAY STATION
Stockwell (SW) allocation withdrawn

03.08.85
Q1+
27T
15T
4T
 
WL21+
--
--
6T

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS ( Mon-Sat )- ARCHWAY STN (Suns)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Kings Cross and Archway - this section replaced by re-introduced 17.
Converted to one person double deck operation and allocation changes as shown above

02.11.85
Q1+
27T
15T
10T

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS ( Mon-Sat )- ARCHWAY STN (Suns)
WL garage closed - allocation transferred to Camberwell (Q)

12.04.86
Q1+
27T
15T
10T

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS ( Mon-Sat )- ARCHWAY STN (Suns)
Rerouted northbound via Farringdon Street and Charterhouse St instead of Shoe Lane.

26.03.88
Q1+
27T
14T
10T

SOUTH KENSINGTON - ELEPHANT (Mon-Sat evgs) - FARRINGDON STREET (Mon-Fri except eves/Sat ) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri except evgs) - ARCHWAY (Suns)
Mon-Sat evgs withdrawn between Elephant & Castle & Kings Cross and Sat withdrawn between Farringdon Street & Kings Cross

10.11.90
Q1+
13T
9T
7T

BRIXTON Lambeth Town Hall - KINGS CROSS
Diverted at Brixton Police Station to Lambeth Town Hall instead of South Kensington - this section replaced by new 45A.
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Archway.
Route extended from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross at all times

The shortened version is seen at Elephant & Castle

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29.01.94
Q1+
15T
10T
6T

STREATHAM HILL Telford Avenue - KINGS CROSS
Extended at Brixton to Brixton Garage

14.11.98
Q1+
16NV
11NV
7NV

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Start of new contract and terminal change at Streatham Hill

 

 

Loaned from Putney (AF) NV171

© Eamonn Kentell

 

 


22.01.00
Q1+
16AVL
11AVL
7AVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Converted to low floor double deck operation.

AVL17 Kings Cross Station

© Peter Horrex


17.03.03
Q1+
17PVL
12PVL
7PVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Type change

 

PVL310 Brixton

© Lawrence Living


31.01.04
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Northbound buses rerouted in Brixton following unbanning of right hand turn from Brixton Road into Gresham Road.
Running number sequence changed
as can be seen on PVL113 below

A shabby PVL113 at the Elephant

© Lawrence Living


03.11.07
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Revised at Kings Cross to run Via Pancras Road southbound with completion of St Pancras Station works.

WVL264 stands in for a PVL at
Ludgate Circus

13.11.10
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Contract renewal

EVL15 Elephant & Castle

© Brian Creasey


23.09.13
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
New schedule with widened headways in relation to road works at Holborn Circus - see working timetables

A single decker LDP65 branded for
Route 360 seen at Elephant & Castle

© Steve Maskell


29.03.14
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

CLAPHAM PARK - KINGS CROSS
Headways returned to normal with completion of road works

WVL142 Elephant & Castle

© Lawrence Living


14.11.15
Q401+
23PVL
21PVL
11PVL

CLAPHAM PARK - KINGS CROSS
Contract extended for two years

Go Ahead London, E188, SN61BJF, Elephant & Castle

© Robert Mighton


22.04.17
Q401+
21PVL
19PVL
13PVL

CLAPHAM PARK - KINGS CROSS
Frequency reductions

11.11.17
WL101+
21EH
19EH
12EH
Contract reassigned and allocated to
Walworth (WL)

Abellio 2588 on the first day of Abellio operation
seen at York Way

© Mark McWalter


30.03.18
WL101+
21EH
19EH
12EH

CLAPHAM PARK & KINGS CROSS
New schedule introduced

2591 seen in Brixton

© Lawrence Living


15.06.19
WL101+
13EH
13EH
9EH

CLAPHAM PARK & ELEPHANT & CASTLE
Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross, revisions to Roue 40 partly compensated

06.03.21
WL101+
11EH
11EH
7EH

CLAPHAM PARK & ELEPHANT & CASTLE
New schedules, running times reduced

Operating Garages

HT Highgate
Changeover point 1961 Hampstead Heath
Changeover point 1978+ Archway Station stand

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point Prince Of Wales Road / Harmood Street

WL Walworth
Changeover point Nags Head - Camberwell Road

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Camberwell Green ( West side )

SW Stockwell
Changeover point STOCKWELL Swan

CA Clapham
Changeover point Clapham Common Station

Live Visual

 

 

Route 45 Flick Album

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2021
Date of edit   Friday, 25.06.21