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

10.01.54
NX
--
--
6RT
 
PM
22RT
18RT
12RT

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday only NX allocation introduced.

17.03.54
PM
22RT
18RT
18RT

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday only NX allocation withdrawn.

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

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday only NX allocation re-introduced.

04.05.55
PM
21RT
16RT
18RT

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday only NX allocation withdrawn.

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

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday only NX allocation re-introduced.

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

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.

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

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday PM allocation re-introduced.

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

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.

30.04.58
NX
--
--
18RT
 
PM
21RT
16RT
--

CHALK FARM  -  GREENWICH
See times below

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Saturday pm withdrawn between Aldwych and Chalk Farm.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

GREENWICH CHURCH - ALDWYCH (Sat pm) - CHALK FARM ( Daily except Sat pm )
Sunday PM allocation re-introduced.

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

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

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

GREENWICH CHURCH - CHALK FARM
Sunday PM allocation withdrawn.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Mon-Fri withdrawn between Euston and Chalk Farm except peaks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
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - EUSTON (Mon-Fri) - CHALK FARM (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat ,Sun)
Saturday Routemaster operation introduced.

13.10.63
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SUN withdrawn between Waterloo and Chalk Farm.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
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - WATERLOO (Sun) - EUSTON (Mon-Fri) - CHALK FARM (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat)
SUN RM introduction at NX.

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
--

GREENWICH CHURCH - WATERLOO ( Sats ) - ALDWYCH ( Sat early am journeys ) - EUSTON ( Mon-Fri ) - CHALK FARM ( Mon-Fri peaks )
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


 

SMS565 Rotherhithe

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04.07.76
Q21+
11DMS
7DMS
7DMS

GREENWICH CHURCH (Mon-Fri peaks,Sat,Sun) - SURREY DOCKS (Mon-Fri) - WATERLOO (Sat / Sun) - ALDWYCH (Sat early am journeys) - EUSTON (Mon-Fri except evenings)
Converted to double deck operation.

DMS610 Euston

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28.10.78
Q21+
10DMS
7DMS
5DMS

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

26.07.82
Q171+
10T
7T
5T

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Converted to Titan operation.

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.

T1000 Surrey Docks

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

GREENWICH - EUSTON (Sat,Sun) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri)
NX allocation converted from DMS to Titan.

27.04.85
Q171+
12T
8T
5T

GREENWICH - EUSTON - 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
--

GREENWICH - EUSTON) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri peaks)
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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Q allocation withdrawn.

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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Leyland Olympian type introduced.

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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Diverted to serve new Surrey Quays shopping Centre

19.11.88
CR
dd
dd
dd
Contract assigned to Boroline Maidstone.

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Contract reassigned

917 Surrey Quays Shopping Centre

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25.11.89
GR
dd
dd
dd

GREENWICH - EUSTON
Transferred 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)

GREENWICH - EUSTON
New operator

 

 

L262 Aldwych Station

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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
New operator

923 Elephant & Castle

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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
New operator

 

VE682 (N) Surrey Quays

 


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

GREENWICH - EUSTON
New operator

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

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

28.03.99
SF31+
16dd
16dd
11dd

GREENWICH - EUSTON
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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
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)

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
New operator

 

 

AVL18 Waterloo Bridge

 


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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
Part of SW allocation transferred to London Central (Q).

 

PVL80 Old Vic

 

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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
Rerouted at Elephant & Castle northbound via new contra flow bus lane at London Road.

 

PDL16 North Greenwich

 


09.10.04
SW181+
22PVL
22VPL
15VPL

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
Camberwell (Q) allocation withdrawn.

 

WVL5 Waterloo Road

 


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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE
New operator

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

 

9014 Trafalgar Road - Greenwich

 


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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE ( 24hr )
New operator

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

NORTH GREENWICH STN - RUSSELL SQUARE ( 24hr )
Rebranded Abellio London

 

9043 Waterloo Bridge

 


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

GREENWICH  -  RUSSELL SQUARE
Contract renewal

 

2429 Surrey Quays

 

Map scanned from December 2000 leaflet advising of new operator

20.10.12
WL141+
22V
21V
16V
Night service
WL163+
4V
4V
4V

GREENWICH  -  RUSSELL SQUARE
New schedules introduced

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

GREENWICH  -  RUSSELL SQUARE
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

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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

WHV169

WHV169 North Greenwich

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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

 

Live visual

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2021
Date of edit   Saturday, 09.10.21