Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
AK
25NS
21NS
14NS
 
AL
23NS
23NS
31NS
 
V
11NS/
1ST
11NS
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - Holland Road - Kensington High Street - Gloucester Road - Harrington Gardens - South Kensington - Chelsea - Oakley Street - Battersea Bridge - Clapham Junction - Wandsworth Common - Tooting Bec - Streatham Common South Side ( North side westbound ) - Crown Point - Beaulah Hill - Church Road - Kirkdale - Forest Hill - Crofton Park - Adelaide Avenue - LEWISHAM Rennell Street

Taken from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

17.04.35
AK
11ST
4ST
--
 
AL
24LT
24LT
6STL
28LT
 
V
11ST
10ST
9ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Withdrawn between Crystal Palace and Lewisham - this section replaced by New Route 94
Sunday Streatham (AK) allocation withdrawn
Sunday Turnham Green (V) allocation introduced .

07.10.36
AL
36STL
35STL
28STL
 
V
11ST
10ST
9ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Streatham (AK) allocation replaced by increased Merton (AL) allocation

15.05.40
AL
15STL
29STL
21STL
 
B
--
6STL
--
 
V
10ST
6ST
6ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday Battersea (B) alloction introduced

30.04.41
AL
25STL
35STL
21STL
 
V
7ST/
3PROV
6ST
6ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Saturday only Battersea (B) alloction withdrawn

21.04.43
AL
29STL
29STL
21STL
 
V
6ST
6ST
6ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Divert to run via Streatham Common North Side in both directions,

27.10.43
AL
29STL
29STL
21STL
 
R
6LT
6LT
6LT

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Daily Turnham Green (V) allocation withdrawn in favour of Riverside (R)

13.02.46
AL
33STL
28STL
21STL
 
R
7ST
6ST
6ST

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
First and last times below

February 1946 first and last times

12.11.47
AL
32STL
40STL
37STL
 
B
8STL
8STL
7STL

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Daily Battersea (B) replaced Riverside (R) allocation


03.05.50
AL
22D
12STL
20D
21STL
36D
 
B
8STL
11STL
12RTL

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Daimler type introduced at Merton (AL)
Sunday RTL type introduced at Battersea (B)

17.01.51
AL
37D
40D
31D
 
B
8RTL
10RTL
10RTL

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Type change as above

14.05.52
AK
--
--
10RT
 
AL
27D
12RTL
30D
10RTL
14D
10RTL
 
B
8RTL
10RTL
16RTL

SHEPERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE 

Sunday AK allocation introduced.

06.05.53
AK
--
--
12RT
 
AL
37RT
40RT
15RT
 
B
8RTL
10RTL
16RTL

SHEPERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE 
AL converted to RT type.

17.03.54
AK
--
--
10RT
 
AL
37RT
40RT
31RT
 
B
8RTL
10RTL
--

SHEPERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE 
Sunday B allocation withdrawn.

26.11.58
AK
--
--
30RT
 
AL
31RT
34RT
10RT
 
B
8RTL
12RTL
--

HARLESDEN Willesden Junction (Suns) Acton Lane - Park Royal - Western Avenue - East Acton - Old Oak Common Lane - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Mon-Sat) - CRYSTAL PALACE
Sunday extended from Shepherds Bush Green to Harlesden via withdrawn Sunday section of Route 12.
** An oddity of this extension was that no provision was made for a turning point between Shepherds Bush and Harlesden**

 

RTL1545 (B) seen in
Kensington High Street

 


16.05.66
AK
--
--
22RT
 
AL
24RT
26RT
9RT
 
B
4RTL
5RTL
--

WILLESDEN JUNCTION ( Suns )  -  SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN ( Mon-Sat )  -  CRYSTAL PALACE (Daily )
Schedule reduced.


31.12.66
AK
14RT
15RT
23RT
 
AL
20RT
21RT
9RT

WILLESDEN JUNCTION ( Suns )  -  SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN ( Mon-Sat )  -  CRYSTAL PALACE (Daily )
Mon-Sat AK introduced
B allocation withdrawn.


19.07.69
AK
20RT
14RT
32RT
 
AL
18RT
20RT
--

WILLESDEN JUNCTION ( Suns )  -  SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN ( Mon-Sat )  -  CRYSTAL PALACE (Daily )
Sunday AL allocation withdrawn.

RT4245 waits at Crystal Palce for a Sunday outing to NW10 - whereas the RM on the 137 has a shorter journey on a Sunday.

The gold LONDON TRANSPORT logo was applied to a few buses in 1966

 

© Malcolm Allan


25.10.69
AK
20RT
14RT
20RT
 
AL
18RT
20RT
--

WILLESDEN JUNCTION ( Suns )  -  SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN ( Mon-Sat )  -  CRYSTAL PALACE (Daily )
Diverted in Chelsea via Beaufort Street instead of Oakley Street

01.01.70
AK
20RT
14RT
20RT
 
AL
18RT
20RT
--

WILLESDEN JUNCTION
( Suns )  -  SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN ( Mon-Sat )  -  CRYSTAL PALACE (Daily )
Map below

Taken from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

15.05.71
AK
15RM
6RM
16RM
 
AL
17RM
17RM
--

HARLESDEN (Suns) - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Mon-Sat) - STREATHAM GARAGE   (Daily )
Withdrawn between Streatham and Crystal Palace - withdrawn section replaced by new Route 249.
RM type replace RT at both garages.

07.08.72
AK
15RM+
6RM
16RM
    1RT/118    
 
AL
17RM
17RM
--


RT2623 Tooting Bec Common

busmap.co.uk


12.05.73
AK
15RM
15RM
12RM
 
AL
17RM
8RM
8RM

WILLESDEN JUNCTION (Suns) - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Mon-Sat) - STREATHAM GARAGE   (Daily )
Sunday AL reintroduced.


28.10.78
AK1+
19RM
12RM
14RM
 
AL61+
11RM
14RM
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM GARAGE
Sunday extension between Shepherds Bush and Harlesden replaced by re-introduced Route 12 between these points.

27.10.84
AL51+
28RM
24RM
19RM

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM St Leonard's Church
AK garage closed for re-construction - allocation transferred to AL.
Running number sequence change

27.04.85
AL51+
18RM
24RM
19RM
 
S171+
10RM
--
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM St Leonard's Church
New Mon-Fri S allocation introduced.

01.02.86
AL51+
18RM
21RM
20RM
 
S171+
10RM
6RM
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM St Leonard's Church
Saturday S allocation introduced.

25.10.86
AL51+
18RM
18RM
12RM
 
S171+
10RM
6RM
6RM

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM St Leonard's Church
Sunday S allocation introduced.

 

 

A pair of Routemasters wait at Caxton Road

 


07.02.87
AK51+
18RM
17RM
14RM
 
S171+
10RM
6RM
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM GARAGE
Sunday S allocation withdrawn.
AL allocation transferred to reopened AK

11.07.87
AK51+
20M
12M
--
 
AL121+
--
--
20D
 
S171+
10M
12M
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - STREATHAM GARAGE ( Daily )  -  Norbury  -  Mitcham -- MERTON GARAGE ( Sunday garage journeys )
Converted to One Person Operation.
Sunday AK transferred to AL
Some garge journeys operated in service via Norbury - Northborough Road - and Fair Green Mitcham

1987 Panel timetable for Route 49, click to view

17.06.89
AK51+
29L/M
21L/M
6L/M
 
AL121+
--
--
18D
 
S171+
10M
12M
--

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
Extended from Streatham to Crystal Palace via withdrawn 249.
Sunday AK allocation re-introduced.

 

DMS2454 Crystal Palace October 1989

 


06.01.90
AK51+
34M
32M
6M
 
AL121+
--
--
18D

SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN - CRYSTAL PALACE
S allocation withdrawn.

DMS2249 and M290 side by side at Shepherds Bush Green

25.05.91
SW151+
13M
14M
10M

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Crystal Palace - this section replaced by 249 ( Mon-Sat ) and 349 (Sun)

M490 Clapham Junction

08.06.96
BB1+
6M
6M
3M
 
SW151+
9M
6M
9M

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Battersea (BB) allocation added.

 

 

M357 Caxton Road with the Green Plate denoting BB bus

 


27.06.98
SW151+
15M
15M
13M

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Battersea (B) allocation withdrawn.

 

 

VC36 waits at Caxton Road stand

 


29.05.99
AH
15sd
16sd
13sd

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
New contract awarded temporarily to Armchair until new buses ready for London United.

An Armchair Dart seen here in Kensington High Street

 


30.10.99
S201+
17DP
14DP
14DP

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
London United (S) take up contract with low floor single deck buses.

05.10.02
V41+
18DP
19DP
14DP

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Allocation transferred to Stamford Brook (V)

 

 

DP90 which was unsuitable for this busy route seen in
South Kensington

 


04.09.04
S301+
19VE
18VE
13VE

SHEPHERDS BUSH - CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Stamford Brook (V) allocation moved to Shepherds Bush (S). Route converted to double deck operation.
The gap left at Stamford Brook filled by Route 9.

VE2 South Kensington

29.11.08
S301+
19VE
18VE
15VE

CLAPHAM JUNCTION - WHITE CITY Bus Station
Extended via new link Road to White City (Westfields)

 

 

VR227 pays a visit to the 49 - seen here at Clapham Junction

 


05.09.09
S301+
19VE
20VE
15VE

CLAPHAM JUNCTION  -  WHITE CITY Bus Station
Start of new contract


06.09.14
QB271+
20E
19E
15E
CONTRACT reassigned to Abellio

Abellio Enviro 2459 at the White City

© Lawrence Living


07.09.19
QB271+
20E
19E
15E

WHITE CITY  -  CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Contract extended for two years

04.09.21
S61+
15ADH
15ADH
14ADH
RATP LOGO
Contract reassigned

WHITE CITY  -  CLAPHAM JUNCTION
Contract awarded to Transdev (S)

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PROPOSAL FOR 2023

Withdrawn between South Kensington to Clapham Junction, this section already covered by Route 345 albeit by slightly different route
Extended from White City to East Acton

 

Current Blind

 



49

 

Operating Garages

B Battersea
Changeover point Battersea Bridge Road.

BB Battersea
Changeover point Battersea Bridge Road.

AL Merton
Changeover point Tooting Bec Station or Streatham Garage.

AK Streatham
Changeover point outside garage.

S Shepherds Bush
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Green / White City stand
From2021 Shepherds Bush CL Station

SW Stockwell
Changeover point via dead runs to garage from Clapham Junction.

AH Brentford
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Green

V Stamford Brook
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Green.

V Turnham Green
Changeover point Shepherds Bush Green.

R Riverside
Changeover point not known

QB Battersea
Changeover point at Clapham Junction

Live visual

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Sunday, 05.06.22