Route History

01.09.40
ED
3LT
3LT
2LT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Wickham Road - Hayes Lane - Westmoreland Road - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
This was a renumbering and double deck conversion of Route 254.
The policy at the time was that only single deck routes were numbered over 200 thus route was renumbered 126

29.10.41
ED
5LT
5LT
2LT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Wickham Road - Hayes Lane - Westmoreland Road - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Suns ) - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Southend Crescent ( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Sat extended from Bromley to Eltham

1943 map

Extracted from 1943 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

Click map to expand
19.04.44
ED
7LT
7LT
4LT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STATION - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Sunday extended from Bromley to Eltham

25.10.44
ED
7LT
7LT
4LT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - BROMLEY NORTH STATION ( Sun am) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent ( Mon-Sat / Sun pm)
Sun am withdrawn between Bromley and Eltham

02.05.45
ED
7LT
7LT
4LT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STATION - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Sunday am service reinstated between Bromley and Eltham

12.11.47
ED
--
--
5LT
TB
8STL
8STL
--

Mon-Sat Elmers End (ED) allocation moved to Bromley (TB)

24.03.48
ED
--
3LT
5LT
TB
8STL
5STL+
--
      1STL/61  

Part Bromley (TB) allocation moved to Elmers End (ED)

20.10.48
ED
--
3RT
6RT
TB
8STL
5STL
--

RT type introduced at Elmers End (ED)

1950 entry
This May 1950 allocation book is in pdf form and has been photo copied - it is not the best reproduction but all the routes are included that were in service at the time
Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books
11.10.50
ED
--
3RT
6RT
TB
8RTW
5RTW+
--
      1RT/94  

RTW type introduced at Bromley (TB)

21.02.51
ED
--
--
11RT
 
TB
12RT
12RT+1RT/94
--

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - Eltham - Rochester Way - Hook Lane,Welling - Edison Road - PLUMSTEAD COMMON Woodman
Daily extended from Eltham to Plumstead Common
RTW type replaced by RT
Saturday Elmers End (ED) allocation withdrawn.

02.05.51
TB
12RT
12RT+
9RT
      1RT/94  

Elmers End (ED) allocation withdrawn.

126_RT892 

 

RT892 Plumstead Comman Woodman stand

 

30.04.58
TB
12RT
12RT
7RT

1958 times

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

08.05.63
TB
8RT
7RT
5RT

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) - WELLING STATION (Sun)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Eltham and Plumstead Common - the Eltham to Welling section replaced by revised 124 and Welling to Plumstead Common replaced by 241 Mon-Fri - and 51/51C Saturday
Sunday withdrawn between Welling and Plumstead Common - replaced by Route 51

26.10.68
TB
11MB
9MB
5MB

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station ( Mon-Sat ) -Welling - BEXLEYHEATH GARAGE (Suns)
Sunday service extended from Welling to Bexleyheath Garage.
Converted to single deck OPO.

126_MB312 

 

MB312 Eltham

 

27.04.75
TB
12DMS
10DMS
5DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

22.04.78
TB81+
9DMS
8DMS
3DMS

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station
Sunday withdrawn between Eltham and Bexleyheath - replaced by Daily service on Route 124

21.10.79
TB81+
9LS
8LS
3LS

Converted to single deck operation with Leyland Nationals.

02.11.85
TB81+
8T
8T
3T

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station (Suns) - Well Hall Road - Shooters Hill Police Station - WOOLWICH Thomas Street (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Eltham to Woolwich via Route 161
Converted to double deck Titan operation

1985 leaflet
Click image to expand
07.03.87
TB81+
8LS
8LS
3LS

Converted back to single deck Leyland National operation

126_LS401 

 

LS401 Sherard Road - Eltham

 

26.03.88
TB81+
8LS
8LS
3LS

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN - Park Langley - Bromley - Grove Park - Mottingham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station (MS evgs/Suns) - Well Hall Road - Shooters Hill Police Station - WOOLWICH Thomas Street (Mon-Sat except evgs)
Withdrawn between Eltham and Woolwich MS evenings

29.07.89
TB81+
6LS/T
7LS/T
3T

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN- Eltham Church - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (MS daytime) or ELTHAM STATION (MS evgs and all day Sundays)
Withdrawn between Eltham Church and Woolwich but diverted instead via Eltham High Street to Southend Crescent except MS evgs and all day Sunday when terminated at Eltham Station.
Sunday service converted to double deck operation.
Rerouted between Mottingham and Grove Park via Dunkery Road instead of Grove Park Road.

11.08.90
TB81+
6DT/MRL
6DT/MRL
6DT/MRL

BECKENHAM JUNCTION STN- Eltham Church - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Withdrawn between Eltham Church and Eltham Station.
Converted to midibus operation.

25.05.91
TB81+
6MRL
6MRL
3MRL

Dart operation ceased.

126_MRL163 

 

MRL163 Eltham High Street at Footscray Road, just short of the stand shown in the photo of Kentish Bus 121.

 

14.03.92
TB151+
12MRL
12MRL
7MRL

MA type introduced.

1992 entry
Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books
12.03.94
LM
7midi
7midi
4midi

BROMLEY SOUTH STATION - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Operation transferred to Kentish Bus operating from a base at Deptford
Withdrawn between Bromley South and Beckenham Junction - this section replaced by new Route 162

126_KB121 

 

Kentish Bus 121 at Eltham

 

28.07.96DT53+
DT
8midi
8midi
5midi

Operation transferred from Deptford to Dartford.

14.09.97
DT53+
5dart
5dart
3dart
 
NF
3dart
2dart
2dart

Northfleet allocation added.

22.01.99
DT71+
9dart
8dart
6dart

Northfleet allocation withdrawn.

02.09.00
DT71+
9dart
9dart
6dart

BROMLEY SOUTH STATION - ELTHAM High Street
Revised to stand in Eltham High Street instead of Southend Crescent.

17.03.01
DT71+
9SLF
9SLF
6SLF

Converted to low floor single deck operation

126 map
Click map to expand
02.06.07
DT70+
10SLF
10SLF
6SLF

New schedule introduced to aid reliability

126_3298 

 

3298 seen at ?

 

15.03.08
DT70+
10SLF
10SLF
6SLF

Contract renewal

23.03.13
MB40+
11sd
sd
sd
logo Contract reassigned
752

Metrobus 752 Bromley South Station

© Robert Mighton

27.04.13
MB40+
11SE
10SE
6SE

BROMLEY SOUTH - ELTHAM High Street
Bromley stand changed to Ringers Road



London Bus Routes: Route 126: Bromley South - Eltham, High Street &emdash; Route 126, Go Ahead London 899, PO59KGE, Bromley 

GO AHEAD LONDON 899, PO59KGE, BROMLEY

© Robert Mighton
24.03.18
MB40+
11SE
11SE
7SE

BROMLEY SOUTH - ELTHAM High Street
Contract extended for two years

London Bus Routes: Route 126: Bromley South - Eltham, High Street &emdash; Route 126, Go Ahead London, E209, SN61DDA, Bromley 

GO AHEAD LONDON, E209, SN61DDA, BROMLEY

© Robert Mighton

 

Operating Garages

ED Elmers End
Changeover point Beckenham Junction

TB Bromley
Changeover point Bromley North Street Mon - Fri - Sat until 1300
Westmoreland Road Sat after 1300 and all day Suns

DT Dartford
Changeover point Bromley North & changed to Eltham High Street Stand a year before the takeover

NF Northfleet
Changeover point ?

MB Metrobus
Changeover point at Bromley North.

 

126 times live stands Tender Specs Fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2018
Date of edit   Tuesday, 14.08.18