Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
20.07.60
HT101+
15RM
16RM
12RM

MOORGATE Finsbury Square - Old Street Stn - Hoxton - New North Road - Canonbury - Highbury Corner - Holloway Road - Archway - HIGHGATE VILLAGE South Grove.
Trolleybus replacement Route for withdrawn 611.

When the 611 trolleybus became the 271 at Highgate there was an interesting situation on Saturdays because HT were only allocated 16 RMs for their 15 M-F workings and on a Saturday they required all 16. For a few months they borrowed an RM from Shepherd's Bush and used it as HT 116 on the 271.

 

RM364 in this classic view at Finsbury Square

 

01.07.64
HT111+
15RM
14RM
10RM


01.12.65
HT111+
15XA
13XA
10XA

Front entrance Leyland Atlanteans introduced.

 

 

 

 

Experimental Atlantean XA37

 

 

 


10.07.66
HT111+
15RML
13RML
8RML

Leyland Atlanteans replaced by RML type.

RML2304

RML2304 awaits a crew at Archway

© Malcolm Allan

07.09.68
HT111+
14RML
11RML
8RML

Map of Route 271 Central Section
Extracted from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

16.01.71
HT111+
14DMS
9DMS
7DMS

HIGHGATE VILLAGE  -  FINSBURY SQUARE
OPO introduction.

DMS855 City Road

DMS855 turning into Finsbury Square from City Road

The Greater London Bus Map


07.08.76
HT111+
15DMS
10DMS
7DMS

DMS140 Highgate Hill

DMS140 Highgate Hill

busmap.co.uk

04.09.82
HT111+
11DMS
7DMS
4DMS

Strange visitor LS409

LS409 has strayed from Route 210 to help out on the 271

busmap.co.uk


12.05.84
HT111+
10M
7M
5M

HIGHGATE VILLAGE  -  FINSBURY SQUARE
DMS type replaced by Metrobus.

M1113 Holloway Road

M1113 Holloway Road

busmap.co.uk


06.06.87
HT111+
10M
7M
5M

MOORGATE Finsbury Square - HIGHGATE VILLAGE South Grove ( Mon-Sat ) - East Finchley - Finchley - Centra  - HENDON CENTRAL STATION (Suns)
Sunday extended from Highgate Village to Hendon Central via withdrawn 143.

M1119 Holloway Road M1119 Holloway Road
01.04.89
HT111+
10M
7M
5M
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

M12 has been curtailed at Highbury Corner

M12with the London Northern logo has been curtailed at
Highbury Corner

The Greater London Bus Map


22.09.90
CF71+
11T
7T
5T

HT allocation moved to Chalk Farm (CF)

T872 Highgate Hill T896 Highgate Hill
02.02.91
CF71+
11M
7M
7M

MOORGATE Finsbury Square - Old Street Stn - New North Road - Hoxton - Canonbury - Highbury Corner - Holloway Road - Archway - HIGHGATE VILLAGE South Grove.
Sunday withdrawn between Hendon Central and Highgate Village.

25.05.91
HT71+
11M
7M
4M

Chalk Farm (CF) moved back to Holloway (HT)

16.05.92
HT71+
11M
8M
5M

LIVERPOOL STREET Bus Station (Sat/Sun) - London Wall (return via Eldon Street) - Moorgate - FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Fri) - HIGHGATE VILLAGE
Saturday and Sunday extended from Finsbury Square to Liverpool Street Bus Station.

M560 Old Street Station  
25.09.93
ED21+
10ON
8ON
5ON
lsb logo New operator

LIVERPOOL STREET Bus Station (Sat/Sun) - FINSBURY SQUARE (Mon-Fri) - HIGHGATE VILLAGE
Service transferred to new operator London Suburban Bus and operated from a base at Edmonton.

As can be seen above there was quite a variety of vehicles during LSB reign , some with Liverbus livery
The Greater London Bus Map

27.04.96
HT21+
11V
8V
5V
Route returns to MTL London (HT)

 

17.08.98
HT21+
11V
8V
5V
Metroline logo MTL purchased by Metroline

The same bus as above renumbered V202 but in Metroline livery seen on Highgate Hill.
There appears to be a problem with the number blind
01.02.03
HT21+
12TP
10TP
6TP

MOORGATE Finsbury Square - HIGHGATE VILLAGE
Weekend service curtailed at Finsbury Square due to Roadworks in Liverpool Street.

16.04.04
HT21+
12TP
10TP
6TP
Night Service
HT891+
2TP
2TP
2TP

MOORGATE Finsbury Square - HIGHGATE VILLAGE
Route N271 renumbered 271 thus now 24 hour service

30.09.05
HT21+
12TP
10TP
6TP
Night Service
HT891+
2TP
2TP
2TP
New Contract

HIGHGATE VILLAGE - FINSBURY SQURAE (Mon-Fri) - LIVERPOOL STREET BUS STATION (Sat/Sun)
New contract - and weekend service restored to Liverpool Street.

TP44 Finsbury Square

02.10.10
HT21+
12TP
10TP
6TP
Night Service
HT891+
2TP
2TP
2TP

Contract extended for two years

VP497 Highgate Village stand

18.06.11
HT21+
12TP
10TP
6TP
Night Service
HT891+
2TP
2TP
2TP

HIGHGATE VILLAGE - FINSBURY SQUARE
Withdrawn at all times between Finsbury Square and LIverpool Street Bus Station - this is expected to last 5 years whilst Crossrail works are ongoing

29.09.12
HT21+
12TE
10TE
8TE
Night Service
HT891+
2TE
2TE
2TE

HIGHGATE VILLAGE - FINSBURY SQUARE
Contract renewal

TE928 Archway Station

30.09.17
HT21+
13TEH
11TEH
8TEH
Night Service
HT891+
2TEH
2TEH
2TEH

HIGHGATE VILLAGE - FINSBURY SQUARE
Contract extended for two years

VMH2568 Liverpool Street

VMH2568 Finsbury Square

© Malcolm Conway

Operating Garages

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point at Archway

HT Holloway
Changeover point at Holloway Road/Pemberton Gardens

ED Edmonton
Changeover point at Archway ?

 

Most of Route 271 is shown here - taken from latest TFL North West Map

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Thursday, 21.05.20