Route History


Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
11.07.51
PM
21RT
18RT
15RT


CHALK FARM STATION - Camden Town - Eversholt Street - Euston - Russelll Square - Holborn - Aldwych - Waterloo - Elephant & Castle - Bricklayers Arms - Tower Bridge Road - Jamaica Road - Rotherithe - Surrey Docks - Creek Road - GREENWICH Cutty Sark
TRAM REPLACEMENT ROUTE FOR #68

Scanned from 1952 Red Book
10.01.54
NX
--
--
6RT
 
PM
22RT
18RT
12RT

Sunday only NX allocation introduced.

17.03.54
PM
22RT
18RT
18RT

Sunday only NX allocation withdrawn.

06.10.54
NX
--
--
9RT
 
PM
22RT
18RT
9RT

Sunday only NX allocation re-introduced.

04.05.55
PM
21RT
16RT
18RT

Sunday only NX allocation withdrawn.

12.10.55
NX
--
--
9RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
9RT

Sunday only NX allocation re-introduced.

17.10.56
NX
--
--
15RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
--

Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.

01.05.57
NX
--
--
14RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
4RT

Sunday PM allocation re-introduced.

16.10.57
NX
--
--
15RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
--

Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.

30.04.58
NX
--
--
18RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
--
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
20.08.58
NX
--
--
18RT
 
PM
18RT
13RT
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - ALDWYCH (Sat pm) - CHALK FARM ( Daily except Sat pm )
Saturday pm withdrawn between Aldwych and Chalk Farm.

13.05.59
NX
--
--
10RT
 
PM
18RT
13RT
5RT

Sunday PM allocation re-introduced.

14.05.60
NX
--
--
10RT
 
PM
18RT
14RT
5RT

GREENWICH CHURCH - CHALK FARM ( Daily )
Sat pm service restored between Aldwych and Chalk Farm

10.10.62
NX
--
--
9RT
 
PM
18RT
11RT
--

Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.

27.02.63
NX
--
--
9RT
 
PM
15RT
11RT
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - EUSTON (Mon-Fri) - CHALK FARM (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat ,Sun)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Euston and Chalk Farm except peaks

 

 

Roofbox RT588 (PM) at Euston

 

01.09.63
NX
--
--
9RT
 
PM
15RT
11RM
--

Saturday Routemaster operation introduced.

09.10.63
NX
--
--
6RT
 
PM
15RT
11RM
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - WATERLOO (Sun) - EUSTON (Mon-Fri) - CHALK FARM (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat)
SUN withdrawn between Waterloo and Chalk Farm.

02.02.64
NX
--
--
6RM
 
PM
15RT
11RM
--

SUN RM introduction at NX.

 

RM1556 Waterloo

 

21.11.64
PM
15RT
7RM
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - WATERLOO ( Sats ) - ALDWYCH ( Sat early am journeys ) - EUSTON ( Mon-Fri ) - CHALK FARM ( Mon-Fri peaks )
Sat withdrawn between Waterloo and Chalk Farm except for early am journeys to Aldwych
SUN service renumbered 188A and diverted at Holborn to Archway via withdrawn 172.


22.03.69
Q
13RT
6RT
--

Peckham (PM) allocation moved to Camberwell (Q)

24.01.70
Q
12RT
6RT
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - WATERLOO (Sat) - ALDWYCH (Sat early am journeys) - EUSTON (Mon-Fri)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Euston and Chalk Farm.
SAT withdrawn
between Waterloo and Chalk Farm except for 5 early journeys projected to ALDWYCH

27.03.71
Q
11SMS
7SMS
7SMS

GREENWICH CHURCH (Mon-Fri peaks,Sat,Sun)- SURREY DOCKS (Mon-Fri) - WATERLOO (Sat,Sun) - ALDWYCH (Sat early am journeys) - EUSTON (Mon-Fri except evenings)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Surrey Docks and Greenwich except peaks and between Waterloo to Euston except Mon-Fri peaks.
SUN service re-introduced between Greenwich and Waterloo - Route 172 re-introduced on Sunday between Archway and Bloomsbury.
CONVERTED TO SINGLE DECK OPO.


Scanned from 1971 Red Book

 

 

SMS570 Waterloo

 

04.07.76
Q
11DMS
7DMS
7DMS

Converted to double deck operation.

28.10.78
Q21+
10DMS
7DMS
5DMS

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Simplified to run between Greenwich and Euston daily.

26.07.82
Q171+
10T
7T
5T

Converted to Titan operation.

 

T1038 in Tourist livery at Euston

 

04.09.82
Q171+
5T
2T
2T
 
NX81+
12DMS
6DMS
6DMS

GREENWICH - EUSTON (Sat,Sun) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri)
Mon-Fri extended from Euston to Kings Cross - this was to part compensate for Route 239 withdrawal.

18.11.83
Q171+
5T
2T
2T
 
NX81+
12T
6T
6T

NX allocation converted from DMS to Titan.

27.04.85
Q171+
12T
8T
5T

GREENWICH - EUSTON (Sat,Sun) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Euston and Kings Cross outside peak hours.
NX allocation withdrawn.

03.08.85
Q171+
--
2T
5T
 
NX81+
12T
6T
--

Mon-Fri Q allocation withdrawn.
MS NX allocation re-introduced

01.02.86
Q171+
--
2T
5T
 
NX81+
12T
6T
--

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Withdrawn between Euston and Kings Cross.

21.06.86
NX81+
12T
9T
7T

Q allocation withdrawn.

16.08.86
NX81+
12T/L
9T/L
7T/L

Leyland Olympian type introduced.

25.10.88
NX81+
12T/L
9T/L
7T/L

Diverted to serve new Surrey Quays shopping Centre

19.11.88
CR
dd
dd
dd
Contract assigned to Boroline Maidstone.

GREENWICH - EUSTON

Contract reassigned
25.11.89
GR
dd
dd
dd

Transfeered from Crayford base to new base at Ordnance Wharf Greenwich

Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books

24.11.90
PD181+
13T/L
8T/L
8T/L
Contract re-assigned to LONDON BUSES (Selkent PD)

 

 

L131 Strand

 


27.11.93
WL
13dd
10dd
7dd
Contract re-assigned to LONDON & COUNTRY (WL)

 

T152 Waterloo Road
London & Country livery

 


30.08.97
N141+
14VE
15VE
11VE
Contract re-assigned within Cowie Group to London South (N)

14.10.97
N141+
14VE
15VE
11VE
Contract transferred to Arriva London South

VE682 (N) Surrey Quays

 


20.06.98
N141+
--
--
11L
 
SH31+
14dd
15dd
--

Operation transferred to Arriva London North East but Sunday operation subcontracted back to Norwood.

28.03.99
SF31+
16dd
16dd
11dd

Norwood (N) allocation withdrawn

01.05.99
SH31+
16dd
16dd
11dd

NORTH GREENWICH STN - EUSTON
Extended from Greenwich to North Greenwich Station.
Converted to low floor double deck operation.

 

 

170 at Surrey Quays

 


18.09.99
SH31+
16dd
15dd
12dd

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
Withdrawn between Russelll Square and Euston and diverted at Rotherithe via Canada Water Station.

 

 

ALNE133 North Greenich

 


25.03.00
AR151+
16DLA
15DLA
10DLA

Sub contracted from Arriva London North east to Arriva London North and transferred from Stamford Hill (SH) to Tottenham (AR)

 

DLA113 with the Dome as a back drop

 


02.12.00
SW181+
17PVL
17PVL
15PVL
Contract reassigned to
London General (SW)

 

 

AVL18 Waterloo Bridge

 


23.11.02
Q71+
8PVL
7PVL
6PVL
 
SW181+
9PVL
9PVL
7PVL

Part of SW allocation transferred to London Central (Q).

 

PVL80 Old Vic

 

10.02.03
Q71+
14PVL
15PVL
10PVL
 
SW181+
8PVL
8PVL
6PVL

Rerouted at Elephant & Castle northbound via new contra flow bus lane at London Road.

 

PDL16 North Greenwich

 


09.10.04
SW181+
22PVL
22VPL
15VPL

Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn.

 

WVL5 Waterloo Road

 


03.12.05
WL51+
19V
18V
11V
Contract reassigned to
Travel London

28.07.07
WL141+
22V
21V
16V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE ( 24hr )
Night service introduced - and running number sequence changed although between 0100 and 0500 do not serve Canada Water

 

9002 Trafalgar Road - Greenwich

 


21.05.09
WL141+
22E
21E
16E
New contract commenced with Abellio

01.06.10
WL141+
22V
21V
16V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

Rebranded Abellio London

 

9043 Waterloo Bridge

 


04.12.10
WL141+
22V
21V
16V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

GREENWICH  -  RUSSELL SQUARE
Contract renewal

Enviro 2410 Waterloo Bridge

 

Map scanned from December 2000 leaflet advising of new operator
20.10.12
WL141+
22V
21V
16V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

New schedules introduced - working timetables shown

05.12.15
WL141+
26V
23V
17V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

Contract extended for two years

 

11.11.17
MG1+
26WHV
26WHV
17WHV
Night service
MG201+
5WHV
5WHV
5WHV
Contract reassigned to GAL operating from
Morden Wharf (MG)

WHV176 at the North Greenwich stand

© Jeff Lloyd

31.03.18
Q41+
26WHV
26WHV
17WHV
Night service
Q271+
4WHV
5WHV
5WHV

RUSSELL SQUARE  -  NORTH GREENWICH
Allocation moved from Morden Wharf to Camberwell (Q) to part compensate for loss of Route 68 / N68

15.06.19
Q41+
26WHV
26WHV
17WHV
Night service
Q271+
4WHV
5WHV
5WHV

RUSSELL SQUARE  -  NORTH GREENWICH
Revised to stand south side of Russell Square to make room for Route 14 and X68

 

Operating Garages

PD Plumstead
Changeover point Greenwich

NX New Cross
Changeover point Waterloo ?

PM Peckham
Changeover point at Waterloo ?

Q Camberwell
Changeover point at Old Vic Waterloo Road
from 2018, prior allocations the changeover was at Elephant & Castle

WL Walworth
Changeover point at Elephant & Castle

SW Stockwell
Changeover point at Old Vic Waterloo Road

N Norwood
Changeover point at ?

SH Stamford Hill
Changeover point at Euston ? Russelll Square ?

AR Tottenham
Changeover point at Russelll Square ?

MG Morden Wharf
Changeover point for start and finish at North Greenwich
Meal reliefs and some finishing duties at Canada Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2019
Date of edit   Monday, 10.06.19