Route History

14.05.52
CA
15RTL
18RTL
8RTL

VICTORIA - Vauxhall - Stockwell - Clapham - Balham - Tooting - Southcroft Road - STREATHAM St Leonards Church
This was the renumbering of Route 57A

Scanned from 1952 bus map from historical series - available as a download

The Greater London Bus Map

02.11.55
CA
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL

VICTORIA - STREATHAM GARAGE
Extended from St Leonards Church to Streatham Garage.


30.04.58

CA
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL
26.11.58
SW
14RTL
17RTL
6RTL

Clapham Garage closed - allocation transferred to Stockwell (SW)

09.10.63
SW
14RTL
17RTL
6RM

Sunday routemasters introduced.

23.01.66
SW
13RTL
13RTL
--

VICTORIA - STREATHAM GARAGE  ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn.

RTL1619 Balham High Road

 

19.07.69
SW
10RT
7RM
--

Saturday Routemaster allocation introduced.

 

RM1578 seen on a Saturday duty 1970

 

02.01.71
SW
10SMS
7SMS
--

Converted to single deck one person operation.

SMS640 Vauxhall Cross

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16.11.75
SW81+
10DMS
7DMS
--

Converted to double deck

DMS1934 Vauxhall Bridge Road

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15.05.76
SW81+
10DMS
8DMS
--

VICTORIA  -  STREATHAM GARAGE ( Mon-Sat )
Sat PVR increase

Taken from Mike Harris 1976 Historical Map
Greater London Bus Map
31.03.79
AL281+
4DMS
--
--

STREATHAM GARAGE - CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town ( Mon-Fri except evenings )
Withdrawn between Clapham and Victoria - and transferred to Merton (AL)

Saturday withdrawn

DMS363 is seen outside Streatham Garage on the last day of Route 181 operation

© John Parkin

24.04.81
Last day of operation.

 

 

Operating Garages

SW Stockwell
Changeover point Stockwell Station

CA Clapham
Changeover point Clapham Common Station

AL Merton
Changeover point unknown but probably Tooting Broadway