Route History


22.10.52
AM
27RTL
20RTL
10RTL
 
P
34RT
29RT
9RT

CAMDEN TOWN - Gt Portland Street - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster - Elephant - Old Kent Road - New Cross, Deptford Broadway - Blackheath - Charlton - Woolwich - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Suns)
Renumbered from 53A.

RTL460 seen on 2nd July 1953

© Alan B Cross

04.05.55
AM
26RT
20RT
15RT
 
P
30RT
27RT
4RT

RTL type at AM replaced by RT.

17.10.56
AM
25RT
16RT
14RT
 
P
30RT
26RT
7RT

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - Wickham Lane - King Harolds Way - Bedonwell Road - Carlton Road - ERITH  (Suns)
Sunday extended from Plumstead Garage via 122A to Erith.

30.04.58
AM
24RT
16RT
24RT
times below
P
30RT+
26RT
13RT
    1RT/13    


Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List

26.11.58
AM
22RT
17RT
7RT
 
NX
29RT
25RT
13RT

Old Kent Road (P) closure - allocation transferred to New Cross (NX)

 

RT2048 is seen in
Great Portland Street - note the UPPER CASE blind

 

08.05.63
AM
23RT
19RT
6RT
 
NX
29RT
20RT
11RT

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Suns)
Withdrawn between Plumstead Garage and Erith - 122A re-introduced.

01.07.64
AM
16RT
9RT
--
 
NX
36RT
29RT
16RT

Sunday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

23.01.66
AM
16RT
11RT
8RT
 
NX
36RT
23RT
11RT

Sunday Plumstead (AM) re-introduced.

01.07.67
AM
15RM
10RM
8RM
 
NX
34RT
19RT
10RT

Plumstead (AM) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

RT4195 Blackheath

© Malcolm Allan

01.09.67
AM
15RM
10RM
8RM
 
NX
34RM
19RM
10RM

New Cross (NX) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

23.08.69
AM
8RM
--
7RM
 
NX
41RM
26RM
10RM

Saturday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

24.01.70
NX
49RM
26RM
17RM

Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.


08.01.77
NX1+
48MD
23MD
16MD

Scania double deck replace RM type.
Rerouted in Blackheath

 

 

MD144 seen in New Kent Road ?

 

31.10.81
NX1+
48RM
23RM
16RM

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STN (Suns)
Sunday Route diverted at Plumstead Common to new PD garage.
MD type replaced by RM
- MD'S were transferred to Plumstead (AM)

RM1592 Camden Gardens stand
27.10.84
NX1+
43RM
25RM
14RM

PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (MS,) Kentish Town - CAMDEN TOWN (Suns) - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STATION (Suns)
MS extended from Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields replacing withdrawn section of Route 3.

RM1758 loads in General Gordon Place - Woolwich

03.08.85
NX1+
30RM
15RM
13RM
 
PD241+
13RM
10RM
6RM

PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (MS,) Kentish Town - CAMDEN TOWN (Suns) - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STATION (Suns)
Daily Plumstead (PD) allocation added.

RM1727 appears a little scruffy this Sunday in Camden Town. Out as PD243 on route 53, it's scheduled for a through run to Plumstead Station then back home to Plumstead garage.

© Malcolm Allan

RM194 is seen on the stand at Parliament Hill Fields off Highgate Road. On the roster as NX4 on route 53, a brand new Optare with London Country North West from a base in Muswell Hill is out on the C2, introduced on this day, can be seen also waiting in the rain. These two routes could be seen side-by-side at this location for just two weeks before the 53 was cut back to Camden Town. 
© Malcolm Allan
04.04.87
NX1+
24RM
17RM
11RM
 
PD241+
14RM
8RM
5RM

OXFORD CIRCUS - PLUMSTEAD COMMON - PLUMSTEAD STN (garage jnys)
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Parliament Hill Fields - this section replaced by new minibus Route C2 -


16.01.88
NX1+
17T
20T
13T
 
PD241+
28L
10L
6L

Converted to double deck one person operation.

19.11.88
NX1+
7T
12T
--
 
PD241+
38L
23L
26L

Sunday New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

 

 

T739 outside Canada House

 

27.04.91
NX1+
--
11T
--
 
PD241+
48L
23L
26L

Mon-Fri New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

19.06.93
PD241+
42L
27L
18L

New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

1998
PD241+
45VN
27VN
24VN

Vehicle type change to Volvo

 

VN113 Trafalgar Square

 

2001
PD241+
49TA
27TA
24TA

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

 

 

Trident 17835 seen in the corridor of power - still with the unique ultimate destination which was later to become a plain Plumstead Station

 

01.07.02
PD241+
49TA
27TA
24TA
 
BT
M
--
--

Mon-Fri additional peak Route introduced between Elephant & Castle and New Cross Sainsbury's worked by Titans from Blue Triangle

 

M27 (Blue Triangle) helps out
New Kent Road - Blue Triangle's impeccable eye to detail has failed here on the intermediate blind

 

15.02.03
PD241+
32TA
27TA
17TA

TRAFALGAR SQUARE - PLUMSTEAD COMMON - PLUMSTEAD STATION (garage jnys)
Withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus - replaced by new bendy bus Route 453

29.07.06
PD241+
27TA
27TA
17TA
Contract renewal

30.07.11
PD241+
27E
27E
17E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

Contract renewal with new Enviro buses

Trident Enviro 19822 Thomas Street Woolwich
Scania Omnicity 15036 Woolwich Arsenal Station

17.01.15
PD241+
26E
26E
19E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  LAMBETH NORTH  --  WHITEHALL Horse Guards ( nights )
Withdrawn between Lambeth North and Whitehall although the night service continued to Whitehall

12369 Bricklayers Arms / New Kent Road
Taken from Greater London Bus Map 36, July 2017
Drawn by © Mike Harris
23.07.16
PD241+
26E
26E
19E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  WHITEHALL Horse Guards
Contract renewal
Daytime service restored to Whitehall

24.04.17
PD241+
31E
27E
21E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  LAMBETH NORTH  --  WHITEHALL Horse Guards ( nights )
Withdrawn between Lambeth North and Whitehall although the night service continued to Whitehall

02.09.17
PD241+
31E
27E
21E
Night service
PD301+
6E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  - WHITEHALL
Service restored between Lambeth North and Whitehall

15.06.19
PD241+
31E
27E
21E

PLUMSTEAD  - COUNTY HALL
Day service withdrawn between County Hall and Whitehall, night service remains unchanged but renumbered N53

 

 

 

Operating Garages

AM Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

PD Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

NX New Cross
Changeover point at garage

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point at garage

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2019
Date of edit   Friday, 14.06.19