Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
ED
21ST
21ST
17STL
4ST
LT logo  

PLUMSTEAD COMMON Woodman  -  Woolwich - Blackheath - Lewisham - Catford - Bellingham - Beckenham Hill - Beckenham - Elmers End Green - Shirley Road - Addiscombe Road - East Croydon - South Croydon - Upper Selsdon Road - SELSDON Farley Road

woolwich 1934
Extracted from 1934 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
Click map to enlarge
29.04.36
ED
--
--
21STL
 
TL
21STL
21STL
--

Mon-Sat Elmers End (ED) allocation moved to Catford (TL) - TL lost 21 and 21A
The 194 allocation was increased to partly compensate

04.12.40
ED
--
--
11LT
 
TC
--
8STL
--
 
TL
28STL
24STL
10STL

Saturday Croydon (TC) allocation introduced

02.04.41
TC
--
8STL
11STL
 
TL
29STL
24STL
11STL

Sunday Elmers End (ED) transferred to Croydon (TC) - the 194 Croydon Sunday allocation moved to Elmers End (ED) to compensate

25.10.44
TC
8ST
7STL+
9STL
      1STL/64
2STL/133
 
 
TL
21STL
21STL
9STL

Mon-Fri Croydon (TC) allocation added

12.11.47
TL
25STL
7ST
25STL
13ST
28STL

Croydon (TC) allocation withdrawn

03.05.50
TL
35RT
38RT
28RT

STL type replaced by RT

1950 entry
Taken from 1950 allocation book which is for sale
07.11.51
ED
6RT
6RT
--
 
TL
29RT
32RT
28RT

Mon-Sat Elmers End (ED) allocation added.

14.05.52
ED
6RT
6RT
5RT
 
TL
29RT
32RT
21RT

Sunday Elmers End (ED) allocation added.

30.04.58
ED
--
--
9RT
 
TL
26RT
26RT
8RT

Mon-Sat Elmers End (ED) allocation withdrawn.

54 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
14.10.59
ED
--
--
5RT
 
TL
26RT
26RT
7RT

SELSDON - WOOLWICH (Suns) - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead Common.

10.05.61
TL
26RT
26RT
14RT

Elmers End (ED) allocation withdrawn.

08.05.63
TL
24RT
23RT
14RT

SELSDON - WOOLWICH
Withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead Common - replaced by revised Route 51.
and 241

30.06.65
TL
24RT
23RT
12RT

RIDDLESDOWN (Mon-Fri peaks) - SELSDON - WOOLWICH - WOOLWICH Industrial Estate (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri peak journeys extended at both ends of the Route
Woolwich to Woolwich Industrial Estate vis Plumstead Road - Griffin Manor Way - Nathan Way - and Purland Road.
Selsdon to Riddlesdown via Addington Road - Rectory Park and Mitchley Avenue.
Timetable bus note that and one pm journey ran the whole length of the route from Woolwich Industrial Estate to Riddlesdown - a journey time of approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

RT2812

RT2812 at Elmers End having just left the garage

This image available on the
RT download

19.07.69
TL
27RT
20RT
7RT

RIDDLESDOWN (Mon-Fri peaks) - SELSDON ( Mon-Sat ) - WEST CROYDON (Suns) - WOOLWICH - WOOLWICH Industrial Estate
(Mon-Fri peaks)
Sundays diverted at East Croydon to West Croydon instead of Selsdon.

08.01.72
ED
6RT
6RT
6RT
 
TL
21RT
12RT
--

Daily Elmers End (ED) allocation added to partly compensate for a lot of Route 12 duties being lost.
Sunday Catford allocation withdrawn.

06.01.73
ED
--
3RT
6RT
 
TL
21RT
12RT
--

CROYDON Park Lane (Mon-Fri) - WEST CROYDON (Sat/Sun) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - WOOLWICH Industrial Estate (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Croydon and Selsdon/Riddlesdown - replaced by alterations to Route 12A.

Saturdays diverted at East Croydon to West Croydon instead of Selsdon

RT4771

RT4771 West Croydon

This image available on the
RT download

17.10.73
ED
--
3RT
6RM
 
TL
20RT
12RT
--

CROYDON Park Lane (Mon-Fri) - WEST CROYDON (Sat/Sun) - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN
Withdrawn between Woolwich and Woolwich Industrial Estate - this section replaced by Route 198
Sunday Routemasters introduced - spare from Route 12.

01.12.73
ED
--
3RM
5DMS
 
TL
20RT
12RT
--

Sunday converted to |One Person Operation.
Elmers End (ED) Saturday allocation converted to RM

23.03.75
ED
--
3RM
5DMS
 
TL
20RT
12RM
--
RM137

RM137 (ED ) at Elmers End Green

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

Catford (TL) Saturday allocation converted to RM

22.04.78
ED71+
--
--
5DMS
 
TL1+
18DMS
18DMS
--

Daily conversion to One Person Operation.

25.07.83
ED31+
--
--
5DMS
 
TL1+
16T
15T
--

Catford allocation converted from Daimler to Leyland Titan operation.

T1028

T1028 opposite Catford Garage

This image available on the
Titan download

27.04.85
TL1+
15T
14T
5T

Elmers End allocation withdrawn.

02.11.85
TL1+
14T
14T
5T

WEST CROYDON - WOOLWICH - CHARLTON Asda (Sat shop hours)
Rerouted in Croydon to terminate at West Croydon Bus Station at all times.
Saturday shopping hours extended from Woolwich to CHARLTON Asda via Greens end - General Gordon Place - Vincent Road - Burrage Road - Plumstead Road - Beresford Street - Market Hill - Woolwich High Street - Woolwich Church Street - Woolwich Road - Gallions Road - and Bugsbys Way.

21.06.86
TL1+
15T
12T
5T

WEST CROYDON - WOOLWICH
Withdrawn between Woolwich and Charlton Asda

19.11.88
PD71+
--
--
6L
 
TL1+
16T
12T
--

WEST CROYDON - WOOLWICH ARSENAL STN - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Sunday garage journeys)
Sunday garage journeys extended from Woolwich to PD Garage.
Sunday only Plumstead allocation added - Catford allocation withdrawn on this day.

01.04.89
PD71+
--
--
6L
 
TL1+
16T
12T
--
selkent logo
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off
L142

L142 Blackheath

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download

19.01.91
PD81+
--
--
5midi
 
TL1+
15T
12T
5midi

Sunday converted to midibus operation - and Catford allocation re-introduced on this day.

MRL146

MRL146 Central Croydon

This image available on the
Single Deck CD

27.04.91
PD81+
7dd
7dd
8midi
 
TL1+
9T
6T
3midi

Plumstead (PD) operation now daily.

09.11.91
PD121+
--
--
10midi
 
TL1+
15T
12T
--

Mon-Sat PD allocation transferred to TL but Sunday TL allocation transferred to PD.

24.07.93
PD21+
16T
13T
--
Sunday op
PD81+
--
--
9MA/MRL

Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn.

06.09.94
PD21+
16T
13T
--
Sunday op
PD81+
--
--
9MA/MRL
logo Selkent purchased by Stagecoach
24.09.96
PD21+
16L
14L
9L

Sunday Route reverted to big bus operation.

01.12.97
PD21+
17VN
17VN
9VN

Converted from Leyland Olympian to Volvo operation.

23.01.99
TL111+
16VN
16VN
9VN

Daily PD allocation transferred to TL.

VN103

VN103

© Matthew Wharmby

10.06.00
TL111+
14VN
13VN
9VN

WOOLWICH Monk Street - ELMERS END GREEN
Withdrawn between Elmers End and West Croydon as part of the new tram scheme in Croydon.

17.03.01
PD101+
7VN
8VN
5VN
Sunday op
TL121+
7VN
7VN
5VN

Daily PD allocation re-introduced

54 map
click map to enlarge
27.04.02
PD101+
7VN
8VN
5VN
 
TL121+
7VN
7VN
5VN

Contract renewed with Stagecoach Selkent

16104

16104 Olympian opposite Catford Garage

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

15.02.03
TL121+
14TAS
13TAS
9TAS

Plumstead allocation withdrawn - to make room for new Route 453.

30.08.06
TL121+
14TAS
13TAS
9TAS
selkent Purchased by Macquarie Bank

02.05.09
MB371+
14dd
13dd
9dd
logo Contract reassigned to Metrobus

17582

Trident 17582 was hired from Stagecoach until the new buses arrived for Metrobus - this example at the Elmers End Green stand

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

05.02.11
MB371+
14dd
13dd
9dd

WOOLWICH Monk Street - ELMERS END STATION
Withdrawn from the terminal at Croydon Road and diverted via Elmers End Road and St Margarets Road to terminate at Elmers End Rail and Tram Station

893

Scania - Optare Olympus 893 at the Arsenal stop in Woolwich

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

19.05.12
C371+
14SC
13SC
9SC

Orpington (MB) allocation moved to Croydon (C) - working timetables shown
Stands and turning points

03.05.14
TL1+
16TE
13TE
9TE
logo Contract reassigned to Stagecoach Selkent  (TL)

WOOLWICH  -  ELMERS END

12277
Enviro Trident 12277 at Woolwich
© Robert Mighton

Operating Garages

PD Plumstead
Changeover point at garage.

TL Catford
Changeover point at garage.

ED Elmers End
Changeover point at Elmers End Green.

MB Orpington
Changeover point at Elmers End

C Croydon
Changeover point at Elmers End

Route 54 current times 54 live stands Tender Specs Route 54 fares

croydon book
First and last times shown in this booklet which is for sale  (pdf)