Route History

 

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
K
4DA
6DA
4DA

KINGSTON - Hampton - Sunbury - Ashford - STAINES Bridge Street
New OMO Route which was previously  numbered 198

Taken from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk


01.01.41
K
4C
4C
4C
CREW  
2T
4T
4T

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street
Crew operation introduced on Kingston to Sunbury shorts

30.09.42
K
9LTL
12LTL
9LTL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street
Whole service converted to crew operatioon

17.04.46
K
12LTL
12LTL
3T
12LTL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street
Saturday only T type introduced

22.05.46
K
12LTL
15LTL
12LTL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Saturday only T type withdrawn

09.10.46
K
12LTL
13LTL
2T
12LTL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street
Saturday only T type reintroduced

05.05.48
K
12LTL
12LTL
3T
9LTL
7T

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street
Sunday T type introduced

13.04.49
K
12TD
12TD
6T
12TD
4T

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
LTL type replaced by TD

14.05.52
K
11TD
12TD
7T
9TD
 
NB
--
--
7T

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Sunday only NB allocation added.

07.10.53
K
11TD
19TD
12TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
NB allocation withdrawn.

TD2 Kingston Town Centre

19.05.54
K
11TD
19TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
7T

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

06.10.54
K
11TD
19TD
12TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
NB allocation withdrawn.

04.05.55
K
11TD
19TD
7TD
 
NB
--
--
5TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

02.05.56
K
11TD
16TD
12TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
NB allocation withdrawn

17.10.56
K
11TD
16TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
3TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

23.01.57
K
11TD
16TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
3TD

KINGSTON Bus Station - Hampton Wick - Hampton Court - Hampton Station - Harfield Road - Lower Hampton Road - Sunbury Village - Green Street - Sunbury Cross - Chertsey Road - Feltham Hill Road - Ashford Station - Stanwell Road - London Road - Staines High Street - STAINES Bridge Street
Diverted at Ashford Common

01.05.57
K
11TD
16TD
12TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
NB allocation withdrawn.

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

13.05.59
K
11TD
10TD
6TD
 
NB
--
--
4TD

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced. Saturday short workings replaced by Route 71 extension from Kingston to Sunbury.

01.07.59
K
11RF
10RF
6RF
 
NB
--
--
4RF

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
RF introduction.

14.10.59
K
11RF
10RF
10RF

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
NB allocation withdrawn.

18.11.64
K
11RFo
10RFo
4RFo

KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
OPO introduction.

RF461 Kingston

26.09.76
K41+
11BL
9BL
4BL

 KINGSTON  -  STAINES Bridge Street 
RF type replaced by Bristols

BL11 performing a short working - seen at Hampton Court

04.09.82
NB141+
7LS
6LS
4LS

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Withdrawn between Staines Bus Station and Staines Bridge Street
Bristols replaced by Leyland National and transferred to Norbiton (NB)

29.01.83
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - Surbiton - Berrylands - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Extended MS Kingston to Tolworth replacing withdrawn section of route 211.
Jointly allocated with Route 218

M177 subs for a single decker - seen in Berrylands

02.06.85
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

THORPE PARK (Suns) - STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

03.11.85
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday withdrawn Staines to Thorpe Park.

22.03.86
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

THORPE PARK (Suns) - STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

Taken from 1986 LT Map
25.10.86
NB101+
9LS
7LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday withdrawn Staines to Thorpe Park.
Sunday service transferred to London Country (WY) and renumbered 511

LS429 seen at Staines Bus Station

27.06.87
NB101+
5LS
5LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Kingston and Tolworth - this section replaced by new Route K2

19.09.87
K31+
5LS
5LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON ( Mon-Sat )
Allocation transferred to Kingston (K)

29.10.88
K31+
5LS
5LS
2MRL

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON
Sunday service re-instated with midi-bus vehicles

24.03.89
K31+
5LS
5LS
MRL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES  -  THORPE PARK ( Summer Sundays )
Summer Sundays extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

31.08.91
WK1+
6LS
6LS
--

KINGSTON  -  STAINES
Sunday service transferred to services 572/582 and MS allocation transferred to Hounslow Heath.

07.05.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

KINGSTON  -  STAINES (mornings and evenings)  -  THORPE PARK ( daytime only )
Limited Sunday service re-introduced - allocated to Kingston (K) with midibuses.
Daily service to Thorpe Park during daytime.

17.06.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION - THORPE PARK
Daily diverted to double run via Sunbury Tesco during shopping hours and Sunday service increased - and introduced evenings.

15.07.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION - THORPE PARK
Buses now terminate at the new Cromwell Road Bus Station in Kingston.

29.07.95
HH
6LS
6LS
LS

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION ( mornings and evenings)  - THORPE PARK
Sunday only Kingston (K) allocation moved to Hounslow Heath (HH) and converted to LS.

20.08.95
HH
6LS
6LS
2DWL

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION ( mornings and evenings)  - THORPE PARK
Sunday converted to DWL type.

23.09.95
K31+
6LS
6LS
2DWL

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION ( mornings and evenings)  - THORPE PARK
Allocation transferred from Hounslow Heath (HH) to Kingston (K)

04.11.95
K31+
5LS
5LS
2DWL

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION
Daily Thorpe Park extension withdrawn until March 1996 when it was introduced on a Summer Sunday only basis.

30.03.96
K31+
5LS
5LS
3LS

KINGSTON - STAINES Bus Station - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
Extended from Staines to Thorpe Park on Summer Sundays.

10.01.98
HH981+
5LS
1LS
3LS

KINGSTON - STAINES Bus Station - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
K allocation transferred to Hounslow Heath

04.04.98
AV321+
--
--
5sd
 
HH981+
5LS
7LS
--
 
K31+
--
1LS
--

KINGSTON - STAINES Bus Station - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
Allocation changes as above,
Hounslow ( A) V introduced as HH shut on Sundays.


06.02.00
HH981+
7DWL
9DWL
7DWL
 
K891
--
1DWL
--

KINGSTON - STAINES Bus Station - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
Sunday allocation returned to Hounslow Heath (HH)

DWL9 is in a dedicated 216 livery seen in Kingston
 
02.09.00
HH481+
7DWL
10DWL
7DWL

KINGSTON - STAINES Bus Station - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
Saturday (K) allocation withdrawn.

29.04.02
HH481+
7DRL+
10DRL
7DRL
    3M/400    

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Summer extension from Staines to Thorpe Park withdrawn. last day of operation 28.04.02

DRL159 Staines Bus Station
29.06.02
TF42+
7excel
7excel
4excel
New Contract with TGM

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
New operator

TGM993 Excel seen in Kingston

28.06.03
HH401+
7DPS
7DPS
7DPS
LONDON UNITED - New Operator

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Operation via Sunbury Tesco runs at all times now instead of just shopping hours.

DPS486 Staines Bus Station

04.04.06
HH401+
7DPS
7DPS
7DPS
LONDON UNITED replaced by Transdev

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
New operator

02.09.06
FW131+
7DPS
8DPS
6DPS

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Allocation moved to Fulwell to make room for Route 116

28.06.08
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Contract renewal

DPS548 Thames Riveira

03.03.11
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS
TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
New operator

DPS691 Kingston

13.04.13
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS
 
HH407
DE ex 698
--
--

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
One schoolday journey added  from Ashford Hospital to Hampton Station using a bus from the 698

08.08.15
HH361+
10DE
10DE
7DE
 
HH370
DE ex 698    

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Allocation moved from Fulwell (FW) to Hounslow Heath - partly compensating for loss of Route 482 which was given a new contract with Metroline West (G)

DE20116 Kingston Bus Station

02.07.16
FW131+
10DE
9DE
6DE
  HH486 DE ex 698    

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Allocation moved to Fulwell (FW) to compensate for 71 leaving

SP40110 Kingston

30.06.18
FW131+
9DLE
6DLE
6DLE
  HH486 DE ex 698    

STAINES  -  KINGSTON
Contract renewal with new DLE MMC single deckers

DLE30219 seen leaving Fulwell Garage to run dead to Kingston to take up service

© Jamie Geen

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Operating Garages

HH Hounslow Heath
Changeover at FELTHAM Town Tree Road or Feltham Road or at Staines
On Summer Sundays some meal breaks were done at Thorpe Park during the day.
When the route was at Hounslow Heath all meal breaks were done at Staines Bus Station daily. During the week days the school bus drivers coved the meal breaks with Metros.

AV Hounslow
The meal breaks were done at Kingston outside the bus garage - as all the duties kept the same bus - all the change overs were back at Hounslow

K Kingston
Changeover at Kingston Bus Station

NB Norbiton
Changeover at Kingston Bus Station

FW Fulwell
Changeover at Kingston

Comment from "Lofty" White

For some of the time the route was operated commercially - and not part of the LRT network. (None of the photos of Westlink vehicles have 'LRT Service signs'. I am not sure when this started - could have 'D day - 25/10/86 - when the Sunday service became a SCC tendered route - or possibly 27/6/87 - when the Kingston routes were tendered. It came back into the TfL fold on 29/6/02 - when TGM were awarded a short 1 year contract - after Westlink de-registered the route.

Live visual

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2021
Date of edit   Wednesday, 11.08.21