Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
01.10.50
CA
32RTL
27RTL
17RTL

FARRINGDON STREET - Blackfriars Bridge - Elephant & Castle - Camberwell Green - Brixton - Stockwell - Clapham Common - Clapham Junction - BATTERSEA GARAGE
TRAM REPLACEMENT ROUTE for Tram Route 34

17.01.51
CA
35RTL
34RTL
20RTL

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - Fulham Road - Beaufort Street - Battersea - Clapham - Stockwell - Camberwell - Elephant - Blackfriars Bridge - FARRINGDON STREET
Extended from Battersea Garage to South Kensington Station

RTL922 parked at the South Kensington stand

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21.03.54
CA
35RTL
33RTL
10RTL
 
Q
--
--
8RTL

Sunday Camberwell (Q) allocation introduced.

02.05.56
WL
34RTL
32RTL
16RTL

Clapham (CA) and Camberwell (Q) allocations withdrawn in favour of new Walworth (WL) allocation.

30.04.58
WL
34RTL
32RTL
16RTL
1958 times
 
26.11.58
WL
29RTW
32RTW
14RTW

RTL's replaced by RTW's.

RTW6

RTW6 Walworth Garage

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01.02.61
CF
5RTW
6RTW
--
 
HT
--
--
3RM
 
WL
28RTW
30RTW
14RTW

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - Battersea - Clapham - Stockwell - Camberwell - Elephant - Blackfriars - Holborn Circus - Grays Inn Road - Kings Cross - Royal College Street - Prince of Wales Road - Malden Road - HAMPSTEAD HEATH South End Green
PART OF TROLLEYBUS REPLACEMENT SCHEME
Route extended from Farringdon Street to Hampstead Heath via Grays Inn Road and Prince of Wales Road replacing trolleybus routes 513/613.
Mon-Sat CF allocation and Sunday HT allocation introduced.

RM514 (HT) waits on the stand at
South Kensington for the circuitous journey north

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25.04.61
CF
5RTW
6RTW
3RM
 
WL
28RTW
30RTW
14RTW

Sunday only Highgate (HT) allocation transferred to Chalk Farm (CF).


23.01.66
CF
5RM
8RM
--
 
WL
30RM
24RM
14RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - FARRINGDON STREET (Suns) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Sunday withdrawn between Farringdon Street and Hampstead Heath. Routemasters introduced on a daily basis.

31.12.66
CF
10RM
7RM
--
 
WL
21RM
19RM
--

Sunday Route replaced by Route 17

45 times 1967
16.01.71
CF
10RM
7RM
--
 
WL
21RM
16RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat early journeys/Suns) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sats) - KINGS CROSS (Suns) - HAMPSTEAD HEATH (Mon-Sat)
Saturday withdrawn between Battersea Garage and South Kensington (replaced by new Route 39A ) and Sunday Route re-introduced between Kings Cross and South Kensington Stn.

08.01.72
WL
24RM
17RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sat early jnys /Sun) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sats) - KINGS CROSS
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Hampstead Heath - replaced by Route 46

08.06.72
WL
24RM
17RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN
(Mon-Fri/Sat early jnys /Sun) - BATTERSEA GARAGE (Sat shopping hours) - CLAPHAM JUNCTION (Sats) - KINGS CROSS
Saturday withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Battersea garage except for shopping hours.


23.02.75
WL
25DM
17DM
15DM

Crew Daimler Fleetlines introduced.

19.03.77
WL1+
24RM
17RM
15RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN (Mon-Fri/Sun) or BATTERSEA PARK STN (Sat shop hours) - CLAPHAM JUNCTION (Sats) - ELEPHANT (Mon-Fri) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat/Suns)
MON-FRI withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Kings Cross except peak hours.
SAT shopping hours diverted at Clapham Junction to BATTERSEA PARK STN.

DM1790 seen in Battersea Park Road heading for the short lived Battersea Park Station terminal

Photo by
Bob Turner

28.10.78
HT141+
18DM
--
--
 
WL1+
17DM
18DM
13DM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS (Sat/Sun) - Caledonian Road - Holloway Road - ARCHWAY STN (Mon-Fri)
Daily Route revised as above - Battersea Park Stn journeys withdrawn. Mon-Fri extended from Kings Cross to Archway Station via withdrawn Route 17. Holloway (HT) allocation added.

25.04.81
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
17RM
18RM
13RM

Daimlers replaced by Routemasters.

23.04.83
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
10RM
18RM
9RM

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - ARCHWAY STATION
Sat and Sun extended from Kings X to Archway replacing Route 263

27.10.84
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
SW31+
10RM
--
--
 
WL1+
--
18RM
9RM

Mon-Fri WL allocation transferred to Stockwell (SW).


27.04.85
HT141+
18RM
--
--
 
WL1+
10Tc
18Tc
9RM

Stockwell (SW) allocation withdrawn

03.08.85
Q?
27T
15T
4T
 
WL1+
--
--
6T

SOUTH KENSINGTON STN - KINGS CROSS ( Mon-Sat )- ARCHWAY STN (Suns)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Kings Cross and Archway - this section replaced by re-introduced 17.
Converted to one person double deck operation and allocation changes as shown above

T786 Stockwell Station

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02.11.85
Q1+
27T
15T
10T

WL garage closed - allocation transferred to Camberwell (Q)

12.04.86
Q1+
27T
15T
10T

Rerouted northbound via Farringdon Street and Charterhouse St instead of Shoe Lane.

26.03.88
Q1+
27T
14T
10T

SOUTH KENSINGTON - ELEPHANT (Mon-Sat evgs) - FARRINGDON STREET (Mon-Fri except eves/Sat ) - KINGS CROSS (Mon-Fri except evgs) - ARCHWAY (Suns)
Mon-Sat evgs withdrawn between Elephant & Castle & Kings Cross and Sat withdrawn between Farringdon Street & Kings Cross

10.11.90
Q1+
13T
9T
7T

BRIXTON Lambeth Town Hall - KINGS CROSS
Diverted at Brixton Police Station to Lambeth Town Hall instead of South Kensington - this section replaced by new 45A.
Withdrawn between Kings Cross and Archway.
Route extended from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross at all times

29.01.94
Q1+
15T
10T
6T

STREATHAM HILL Telford Avenue - KINGS CROSS
Extended at Brixton to Brixton Garage

14.11.98
Q1+
16NV
11NV
7NV

STREATHAM HILL Atkins Road - KINGS CROSS
Start of new contract and terminal change at Streatham Hill

NV93 Farringdon

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22.01.00
Q1+
16AVL
11AVL
7AVL

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

AVL22 Grays Inn Road

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17.03.03
Q1+
17PVL
12PVL
7PVL

Type change

PVL326 out of service on the Kings Cross stand working

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31.01.04
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

Northbound buses rerouted in Brixton following unbanning of right hand turn from Brixton Road into Gresham Road.
Running number sequence changed


03.11.07
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

Revised at Kings cross to run Via Pancras Road southbound with completion of St Pancras Station works.

WVL264 stands in for a PVL at
Ludgate Circus

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13.11.10
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

Contract renewal

23.09.13
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

New schedule with widened headways in relation to road works at Holborn Circus - see working timetables

29.03.14
Q401+
22PVL
20PVL
10PVL

Headways returned to normal with completion of road works

14.11.15
Q401+
23PVL
21PVL
11PVL

Contract extended for two years

22.04.17
Q401+
21PVL
19PVL
13PVL

Frequency reductions

MHV60 Kings X

Usually found on Route 42, MHV60 has strayed onto the 45 and is seen at Kings Cross

© Lawrence Living


11.11.17
WL101+
21EH
19EH
12EH
logo Contract reassigned and allocated to
Walworth (WL)

KINGS CROSS  -  CLAPHAM PARK
Frequency reductions

Operating Garages

HT Highgate
Changeover point 1961 Hampstead Heath
Changeover point 1978+ Archway Station stand

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point Prince Of Wales Road / Harmood Street

WL Walworth
Changeover point Nags Head - Camberwell Road

Q Camberwell
Changeover point Camberwell Green ( West side )

SW Stockwell
Changeover point STOCKWELL Swan

CA Clapham
Changeover point Clapham Common Station

 

45 times 45 live 45 stands Tender Specs Route 45 fares

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Wednesday, 15.11.17