Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.02.60
WH
21RM
17RM
9RM

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - Silvertown - Canning Town - Hermit Road - Plaistow - STRATFORD BROADWAY
NEW ROUTE replacing 669 trolleybus route

24.04.60
WH
29RM
26RM
9RM

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - STRATFORD BROADWAY (Suns) - Leyton - Walthamstow - CHINGFORD MOUNT (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Stratford to Chingford Mount - part replacing withdrawn trolleybus 699.
There were then no changes for 8 years apart from extra buses weekdays coming off Route 25 thus RT and RTL being used.

RTL414 Stratford Broadway

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection
Photographer unknown


27.01.65
WH
28RM+
21RM
8RM+
   
4RTL/25
 
1RM/58

Taken from Alterations ( no.1 ) Booklet dated 18 November 1964

07.09.68
T81+
5RM+
5RM
6RT
--
    2RT/48    
`
WH
26RM+
15RM
15RM
    3RTL/25    

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - Chingford Mount - Oldchurch Road - CHINGFORD STATION
Mon-Sat service extended from Chingford Mount to Chingford Station replacing withdrawn section of Route 38 and Route 249
Sunday service extended from Stratford to Chingford Station
Mon-Sat Leyton (T) allocation added


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Taken from historical map for 1970 drawn by Mike Harris
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18.04.70
T
5RM
5RM/6RT
--
`
WH
21RM
14RM
15RML

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD
Sunday RML introduced.

17.04.71
T
7RM
11RM
--
`
PR
-
--
5RM
`
WH
21RM
14RM
5RM
7RML

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD 
Sunday Poplar (PR) allocation introduced.

30.10.71
T
7RM
11RM
--
`
WH
21RM
14RM
6RM
9RML

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD
Sunday Poplar (PR) allocation withdrawn.

08.01.72
T
6RM
1RT
11RM
--
`
WH
23RM
14RM
6RM
9RML

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD
1RT introduced at Leyton

01.07.72
T
6RM/1RT
11RM
--
`
WH
23RM
14RM
15RM

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD
Sunday Route reverted to RM.

28.10.72
T
7RM
11RM
--
`
WH
23RM
14RM
15RM

NORTH WOOLWICH  -  CHINGFORD
RT type withdrawn.

Taken from February 1973 Red Book

16.06.73
T
--
7RM
--
`
WH
23RM
22RM
15RM

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN (Mon-Fri) - CHINGFORD STN (Sat-Sun)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Walthamstow Central and Chingford Station - replaced by New Route 269
Mon-Fri Leyton (T) allocation withdrawn.

05.01.74
T
--
7RM
4RML
`
WH
23RM
22RM
11RM

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN (Mon-Fri) - CHINGFORD STN (Sat-Sun)
Sunday Leyton (T) allocation introduced.

11.10.75
T
--
3RML
--
`
WH
23RM
22RM
11RML
`
WW
--
4RM
4RM

NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN (Mon-Fri) - CHINGFORD STN (Sat-Sun)
Sunday Leyton (T) allocation withdrawn but new Sat and Sun Walthamstow (WW) allocation introduced.

RM316 (T) North Woolwich

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31.01.76
T
4RM
4RML
--
`
WH
18RM
20RM
10RML
`
WW211+
10RM
4RM
5RM

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD STATION.
Mon-Fri extended from Walthamstow Central to Chingford Station replacing Route 269
Mon-Fri Leyton and Walthamstow allocation added.

RT1634 (WW) in rather bad condition seen at Walthamstow Central
March 1976

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19.03.77
T81+
--
4RML
--
`
WH181+
19RM
20RM
10RM
`
WW211+
14RM
4RM
5RM

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD STATION.
Mon-Fri Leyton allocation transferred to Walthamstow.

22.04.78
T81+
--
4RML
--
`
WH181+
15RM
16RM
10RM
`
WW211+
18RM
7RM
4RM


31.01.81
T81+
4RM
6RM
--
`
WH251+
17RM
12RM
9RM

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD MOUNT
Withdrawn between Chingford Mount and Chingford Station.
WW withdrawn. Mon-Fri Leyton re-introduced.

04.09.82
T81+
--
5RM
--
`
WH251+
16RM
9RM
7RM

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD MOUNT
Mon-Fri Leyton (T) allocation withdrawn.

23.04.83
T81+
--
5RM
--
`
WH251+
16RM
9RM
7T

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD MOUNT
Sunday Route converted to Titan one person operation.

14.06.84
T81+
--
5RM
--
`
WH251+
16Tc
9Tc
7T

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD MOUNT
West Ham converted to Titan crew operation.

02.02.85
WH251+
17T
16T
8T

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD MOUNT (Mon-Sat) - CHINGFORD STATION (Suns)
Sunday Route extended from Chingford Mount to Chingford Station.
T allocation withdrawn.

One Person Operation introduced.

06.06.87
WH251+
18T
16T
6T
`
WW1+
12T
11T
6T

NORTH WOOLWICH - CHINGFORD STATION
Mon-Sat extended from Chingford Mount to Chingford Station. WW allocation re-introduced.

19.11.88
WH251+
15T
13T
8T

NORTH WOOLWICH - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN
Withdrawn between Walthamstow Central and Chingford Station.
WW withdrawn.

23.11.91
T251+
15T
14T
6T

NORTH WOOLWICH - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN
West Ham (WH) closure - allocation transferred to Leyton (T).

 

 

A very smart T258 works duty T261

 


31.08.96
T251+
15T
14T
7T

NORTH WOOLWICH - WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN

01.05.99
T251+
14TA
14TA
9TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Diverted at Connaught Bridge to London City Airport - Silvertown to North Woolwich section replaced by new 474.

 

17809 Leyton Town Hall

 


10.05.03
T251+
15TA
15TA
10TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Extended out of service in Walthamstow to South Grove during closure of Walthamstow Bus Station

Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books
30.04.04
T251+
15TA
15TA
10TA
Night Service
T151+
3TA
3TA
3TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Night Route introduced as "N" prefix dropped

17.12.05
T251+
17TA
17TA
10TA
Night Service
T151+
3TA
3TA
3TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
Withdrawn between Canning Town and London City Airport

28.11.09
WH201+
18TA
17TA
14TA
Night Service
T151+
3TA
3TA
3TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
Day Route allocation moved to West Ham (WH

30.04.11
WH201+
18TA
17TA
15TA
Night Service
T151+
3TA
3TA
3TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
Contract renewal with Stagecoach

 

Spirit of London 19000 strays onto the 69 at Stratford Broadway

 


09.11.15
WH201+
17TA
17TA
14TA
Night Service
T151+
3TA
3TA
3TA
Supplementary
LI
1MMC
--
--

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
3 journeys each way introduced with new electric buses AD/MMC on a trial basis but operated by Tower Transit

06.02.16
LI331+
18TA
17TA
14TA
Night Service
LI151+
3TA
3TA
3TA
Contract reassigned - buses hired from East London

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
New operator

DH38502 Canning Town Station stand

30.04.16
LI331+
18DN
17DN
11DN
Night Service
LI151+
3TA
3TA
3TA

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
New schedule

DN33776 Canning Town

05.05.21
DS181+
18Ee
18Ee
13Ee
Night Service
DS271+

3Ee

3Ee
3Ee
LOGO
Contract reassigned

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
Contract reassigned to Go Ahead Dockland Buses (SI ) with new electric buses

Ee53 Walthamstow

© Samuel Letsu


17.07.21
DS181+
18Ee
18Ee
13Ee
Night Service
DS271+

3Ee

3Ee
3Ee
logo
Contract reassigned

WALTHAMSTOW CENTRAL STN - CANNING TOWN STATION
Contract reassigned to Go Ahead Blue Triangle Buses (DS )

 

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Operating Garages

PR Poplar
Changeover point Canning Town

WH West Ham
Changeover point Canning Town - Hermit Road

WH Canning Town
Changeover point Canning Town Station

T Leyton
Changeover point at garage

WW Walthamstow
Changeover point outside garage

HO Lea Interchange
Changeover point Leyton Station or Canning Town stand

 

Live visual

 

 

 

Map

Taken from 2018 map drawn by Mike Harris
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© Ian Armstrong 2021
Date of edit   Thursday, 14.10.21