Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
09.09.36
AM
8LT
8LT
8LT

BEXLEYHEATH Trolleybus Depot - Erith Road - Bexleyheath Broadway - Crook Log - Avenue Road - Pickford Lane - Long Lane - King Harold's Way - Leckwith Avenue - Glenview - Bedonwell Road - Woolwich Road - Bostall Hill - Plumstead High Street - Plumstead Road - Beresford Square - WOOLWICH Earl of Chatham


Extracted from 1939 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

20.11.40
AM
7LT
8LT+
7LT
    1LT/99    

BEXLEYHEATH Trolleybus Depot - Erith Road - Bexleyheath Broadway - Crook Log - Avenue Road - Pickford Lane - Long Lane - Okehampton Crescent - Wickham Lane - Plumstead High Street - Plumstead Road - Beresford Square - WOOLWICH Earl of Chatham
Diverted at Long Lane via Okehampton Crescent and Wickham Lane instead of King Harold's Way

Map extracted from 1940 historical map drawn by Mike Harris showing new routeing via Okehampton Crescent which would also have been more convenient for crew change overs
13.04.49
AM
18RTL
17RTL
9RTL

Converted from LT to RTL type

04.05.55
AM
16RT
15RT+1/53
6RT

RTL type withdrawn in favour of RT type.

30.04.58
AM
16RT
15RT+1/53
6RT
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
01.07.64
AM
36RT
33RT
6RT

CRYSTAL PALACE - Westwood Hill - Kirkdale - Dartmouth Road - Forest Hill - Brockley Rise - Adelaide Avenue - Lewisham - Lee Green - Eltham Green - Westhorne Avenue - Well Hall Road - Academy Road - Woolwich - Plumstead - Pickford Lane - Bexleyheath - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Suns) Erith Road - Colyers Lane - North End - Bridge Road - Slade Green Road - Hazel Road - Whitehall Lane - Forest Road - return via Cedar Road - SLADE GREEN STATION
Mon-Sat extended from Bexleyheath to Slade Green Station.
Daily extended from Woolwich to Crystal Palace via withdrawn 186.


Extracted from July 1964 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

Extracted from July 1964 Red Book
18.04.70
AM
33RT
26RT
13RT

CRYSTAL PALACE - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Mon-Fri/Sun) - SLADE GREEN STATION (Sats)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Bexleyheath Garage and Slade Green - replaced by revised 132.

  RT4193 Eltham Green

© Malcolm Allan
22.04.78
AM1+
24RM
19RM
11RM

CRYSTAL PALACE - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE
Withdrawn between Bexleyheath and Slade Green - this section now covered by daily service on Route 89

RM257 at Bexleyheath Garage

© Steve Thoroughgood

03.02.80
AM1+
24MDc
19MDc
11MDc

Converted to double deck door buses (Scania Metropolitan) type.

 

MD60 at Woolwich with conductor slipboard correctly in place

© Eamonn Kentell

31.10.81
PD1+
24MDc
20MDc
11MDc

Plumstead (AM) closed - allocation moved to new garage (PD)

MD31 part of a line up at Crystal Palace

Jeff LLoyd collection


22.11.82
PD1+
21Tc
19Tc
10Tc

MD type withdrawn in favour of Leyland Titan.

23.04.83
PD1+
26T
22T
9T

Converted to One Person Operation.

 

 

T89 is seen at the first stop on route for Bexleyheath at Crystal Palace

 

27.10.84
BX121+
6T
6T
--
 
PD1+
18T
20T
9T
    +1T/99    

Bexleyheath allocation introduced on Mon-Sat although BX mainly plied between Bexleyheath and Woolwich except for a few early and late journeys which went through to Crystal Palace.
The Mon-Fri daytime service was run in two sections BX - Forest Hill and PD to Crystal Palace.

Extracted from 2005 allocation book
24.05.86
BX121+
3L
4L
--
 
PD1+
21L+1/272
22L
9L

Leyland Olympian introduced.

16.08.86
PD1+
24L+
25L
9L
    1L/272    

Bexleyheath Garage closed - allocation moved to Plumstead (PD)

 

 

L131 Crystal Palace

 

16.01.88
PD1+
16L/T
16L/T
9L/T

CRYSTAL PALACE - PLUMSTEAD STATION
Withdrawn between Plumstead and Bexleyheath - this section covered by new Route 422. and B11

01.04.89
PD1+
16L/T
16L/T
9L/T
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off
 

 

Northern Counties Palatine - V315 is seen at the Woolwich Arsenal Station stop

 

06.09.94
PD1+
15L/T
14L/T
8L/T
Selkent purchased by Stagecoach
05.02.00
PD1+
16TA
14TA
7TA

Start of new Contract. which remained with Stagecoach operated from Plumstead Garage (PD) with new low floor buses (TA))

 

17560 Woolwich Arsenal Station

 

29.06.02
PD1+
14TA
7TA
7dd

Contract renewal

30.08.06
PD1+
14TA
7TA
7dd
Stagecoach purchased by Australian Bank  Macquarie trading as East London Group
10.02.07
PD1+
16TA
14TA
10TA

Contract renewal

 

When this picture was taken in 2010 on a stormy day at Crystal Palace the blinds had been reduced to two line - the running number plate was in front windscreen and the "TA" had been changed t0 "17"

 

14.10.10
PD1+
16TA
14TA
10TA
Company purchased by Stagecoach
11.02.12
PD1+
16TA
14TA
10TA

Contract extended for two years

 

AD Trident Enviro 19825 with White Roundel and strangely a running number holder even though Stagecoach no longer uses them

 

21.07.12
PD1+
16TA
14TA
10TA

Allocation moved from Plumstead (PD) to Catford (TL)

18.08.12
PD21+
16TA
14TA
10TA

Allocation moved back to Plumstead (PD)

08.02.14
PD1+
16EH
14EH
10EH

CRYSTAL PALACE - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE
Contract renewal

 

Enviro hybrid 12346 waits at the Plumstead Garage stand

© Ian Armstrong


17.03.18
PD1+
18EH
16EH
11EH

Revised time schedules, increase in PVR

09.02.19
PD1+
18EH
16EH
11EH

CRYSTAL PALACE -- PLUMSTEAD GARAGE
Contract renewal


Operating Garages

PD Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

AM Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

BX Bexleyheath
Changeover point at garage

TL Catford
Changeover point Plumstead Garage or Crystal Palace - drivers being ferried from Catford Garage

 

 

 

The full timetable for Jan 1950 is shown - to purchase click below

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2019
Date of edit   Thursday, 07.02.19