Route History


Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
05.07.52
AW
20RTL
20RTL
8RTL
Buses kept at PM
NX
31RT
26RT
10RT

ABBEY WOOD - Plumstead - Woolwich - Greenwich - New Cross - Old Kent Road - Elephant - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (daily) or Blackfriars ( Mon-Sat )
Tram Replacement Route for Tram 36/38.
The New Cross allocation was staffed by New Cross crews but vehicles were garaged at Peckham until work was finished at New Cross.


Taken from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris

22.10.52
AW
20RTL
20RTL
7RTL
Buses kept at PM
NX
12RT
--
-
 
NX
23RT
26RT
10RT

ABBEY WOOD - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (daily) or Blackfriars ( Mon-Sat )
Most of the New Cross allocation transferred to home garage

RT729

 

RT729 on a short working

 


12.11.52
AW
20RTL
20RTL
7RTL
Buses kept at PM
NX
39RT
26RT
10RT

ABBEY WOOD - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (daily) or Blackfriars ( Mon-Sat )
Peckham Garage no longer used.

04.05.55
AW
20RT
20RT
5RT
 
NX
39RT
26RT
11RT

ABBEY WOOD - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (daily) or Blackfriars ( Mon-Sat )
Abbey Wood allocation converted to RT.

30.04.58
AW
20RT
20RT
5RT
 
NX
39RT
26RT
11RT


29.01.64
AW
11RT
5RT
7RT
 
NX
23RT
24RT
5RT

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT (Sat pm) - EMBANKMENT (Mon-Fri/Sat am/Sun)
Saturday pm service withdrawn between Elephant & Embankment.

18.11.64
AW
11RT
5RT
5RT
 
NX
23RT
21RT
4RT

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT (Sat pm/Sun) - EMBANKMENT (Mon-Fri/Sat am)
Sunday service withdrawn between Elephant & Embankment.

11.11.67
AW
11RT
6RT
6RT
 
NX
19RT
19RT
4RT

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT (Sat/Sun) - EMBANKMENT (Mon-Fri/Sat early am)
Saturday service withdrawn between Elephant & Embankment except for early journeys for print workers


22.03.69
AW
11RT
5RT
8RM
 
NX
18RT
16RT
4RM

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT (Sat/Sun) - EMBANKMENT (Mon-Fri/Sat early am)
Sunday Routemaster operation introduced

RT1651 Greenwich

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection


30.01.71
AW
8RT
5RT
8RM
 
NX
16RT
16RM
4RM

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT & CASTLE - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (Daily early jnys)
Daily service withdrawn between Elephant & Embankment except for early journeys.
Saturday Routemasters introduced at NX.

RM1582 RM1582 waits outside its home this Sunday while a low autumnal afternoon shadow creeps up the front just before heading back out to Blackfriars and the Embankment as AW5 on the 177. 
This route would succumb to OPO operation from both AW and NX in January 1972

08.01.72
AW
6DMS
6DMS
4DMS
 
NX
14DMS
14DMS
8DMS
Night service    
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD - ELEPHANT & CASTLE - VICTORIA EMBANKMENT via Westminster (Daily early jnys)
Converted to One Person Operation
but retained one RM for the night service on Saturday night/ Sunday morning out of NX. This was very interesting and in an old night timetabke I had these journeys were marked with “these journeys are crew operated “. The RM was sometimes subbed with a DM or MD. But reverted to RM once the DMs went in 1982. The crew 177 lasted until 1984 when the N77 took over. 

 

06.01.73
AW
7DMS
3DMS
4DMS
 
NX
14DMS
14DMS
7DMS
Night service    
1RM
 

THAMESMEAD Yarnton Way - ELEPHANT - EMBANKMENT (early jnys)
Extended from Abbey Wood to Thamesmead. (MS the Thamesmead section was localised to Woolwich)


17.11.73
AW
7DMS+
1DMS/198
7DMS
3DMS
 
NX
15DMS
14DMS
7DMS
Night service    
1RM
 

THAMESMEAD Alsike Road - ELEPHANT - EMBANKMENT (early jnys)
Extended in Thamesmead to Alsike Road.


DMS269 Woolwich Ferry
May 1976

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22.04.78
AW31+
7DMS
3DMS
4DMS
 
NX151+
14DMS
14DMS
7DMS
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

THAMESMEAD - ELEPHANT - Westminster Bridge - Whitehall - Trafalgar Square - Aldwych - Fleet Street - Blackfriars - and return (early journeys)
Embankment journeys re-routed at Westminster via Whitehall and Fleet Street.


27.09.80
AW31+
3DMS
3DMS
2DMS
 
NX151+
12DMS
12DMS
7DMS
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD - Elephant - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Thamesmead section renumbered 178 - and extended from Elephant to Waterloo via Waterloo Road.

31.01.81
AW31+
3MD
3MD
2MD
 
NX151+
12DMS
13DMS
7DMS
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD - Elephant - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Abbey Wood allocation converted to MD.

MD127 Old Kent Road

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31.10.81
NX151+
12DMS
13DMS
7DMS
 
PD131+
3MD
3MD
2MD
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD - Elephant - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Abbey Wood (AW) closes - allocation transferred to new Plumstead Garage (PD)

04.09.82
NX151+
4DMS
4DMS
--
 
PD131+
8MD
8MD
8MD
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WATERLOO -or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Withdrawn between Woolwich Arsenal Station and Abbey Wood except for garage journeys to PD and early journeys to Abbey Wood.
Sunday NX allocation withdrawn.

22.11.82
NX151+
4DMS
4DMS
--
 
PD131+
8T
8T
8T
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD - Elephant - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Commencement of gradual MD withdrawal and Titan introduction.

T790

T790 Woolwich Road

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29.10.83
NX151+
4DMS
4DMS
--
 
PD131+
8T
8T
8T
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
EXPRESS SERVICE INTRODUCED
Mon-Fri peak express journeys introduced as above.

18.11.83
NX151+
4T
4T
--
 
PD131+
8T
8T
8T
Night service
NX170
 
1RM
 

ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Commencement of gradual DMS withdrawal and Titan introduction at New Cross (NX)

TE1113

 

 

TE113 seen on an express journey at Westminster

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13.04.84
NX151+
4T
4T
--
 
PD131+
8T
8T
8T

ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Night service withdrawn, replaced by introduction of Route N77


02.06.84
NX161+
4T
4T
--
 
PD131+
8T
8T
8T


THAMESMEAD Bentham Road (Mon-Fri early jny) - ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
One Mon-Fri early journey extended from Abbey Wood to Thamesmead

27.10.84
NX161+
4T
4T
--
 
PD131+
10T
8T
7T

THAMESMEAD Bentham Road (Mon-Fri early jny) - ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - WATERLOO -or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant(early jnys)
Regular service extended to Plumstead Garage instead of just garage journeys

27.04.85
NX161+
4T
4T
--
 
PD131+
9T
8T
7T

THAMESMEAD Bentham Road (Mon-Fri early jny) - ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - WATERLOO -or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Certain Mon-Fri express journeys re-routed at Westminster via Route 11 to Victoria.

03.08.85
NX151+
12T
--
--
 
NX161+
--
8T
--
 
PD131+
4T
-
6T

ABBEY WOOD (early jnys) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Sat/Sun)-WOOLWICH (Mon-Fri) WATERLOO - or early journeys via Westminster - Fleet Street and Blackfriars Road and return via Elephant
Mon-Fri express journeys to County Hall withdrawn.
PD withdrawn on Saturday and restricted to Express journeys only Mon-Fri plus against the flow 177 journeys.
Thamesmead journey withdrawn.
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead apart from early journeys to Abbey Wood and garage journeys.

16.01.88
PD131+
12L
10L
6L

PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - ELEPHANT & CASTLE
Extended from Woolwich to Plumstead.
Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Waterloo.
Early journeys via Fleet Street withdrawn.
NX allocation withdrawn.

L136 General Gordon Place

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18.11.89
PD131+
8L
10L
7L

PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - NEW CROSS GARAGE (evgs,Sat early am - Sun before 1130) - ELEPHANT & CASTLE
EXPRESS SERVICE: THAMESMEAD - VICTORIA M-Fri a.m. -> & p.m. <- pk jnys

02.01.93
PD131+
7L
10L
7L

PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - NEW CROSS GARAGE (evgs,Sat early am - Sun before 1130) - ELEPHANT & CASTLE
EXPRESS SERVICE withdrawn.

12.03.94
PD131+
6L
9L
7L

PLUMSTEAD GARAGE - Woolwich - Greenwich - New Cross - PECKHAM
Withdrawn between New Cross and Elephant & Castle - diverted instead to Peckham.
Timetable link

06.09.94
PD131+
6L
9L
7L
Cotract assigned to
Stagecoach Selkent

02.03.96
PD131+
14DAL
14DAL
12DAL

PECKHAM Bus Station -Plumstead High Street - Church Manorway - Blithdale Road - Basildon Road - Eynsham Drive - Finchley Road - Church Manorway - Sewell Road - Thamesmead - Yarnton Way - Alsike Road - ABBEY WOOD STATION
Extended from Plumstead to Abbey Wood BR Station via withdrawn section of Route 380 and converted to single deck operation.
Timetable link

 

Dart 612 unknown location

 


Scanned from leaflet dated 30  May 1998

23.01.99
PD131+
14VN
14VN
12VN

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD Safeway Superstore
Rerouted at Plumstead High Street via Basildon Road - Eynsham Drive - Harrow Manorway - Crossway - to THAMESMEAD Safeway Superstore.
Withdrawn section replaced by revised 469
Converted to double deck operation - usually VN type

Timetable link

 

VN323 Peckham Bus Station

 


31.05.03
PD131+
17TA
17TA
16TA

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD
Contract renewal with new buses.

 

 

Trident 17125 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich

 


31.05.08
PD131+
18sc
19sc
16sc

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD
Contract renewal

15061 Greenwich


01.06.13
PD131+
18sc
19sc
16sc

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD
Contract renewal for 5 years

 

 

19745 Peckham Bus Station

 


30.05.15
PD131+
18EH
20EH
17EH

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD
Contract renewal with new hybrid Enviros

13008 seen in Abbey Wood

13008 seen in Abbey Wood

© Alisha Juszczyk


30.05.20
PD131+
19EH
19EH
15EH

PECKHAM - THAMESMEAD
Contract rextended for two years

13072 Thamemead terminus 22.05.22

© Ian Armstrong

2019 Map

Taken from 2019 map drawn by Mike Harris
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Current Blind



177

Operating Garages

NX New Cross
Changeover point outside garage

AW Abbey Wood
Changeover point outside garage

PD Plumstead
Changeover point outside garage

 

Live Visual

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Saturday, 28.05.22