Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.01.51
CA
31RTL
31RTL
27RTL

WIMBLEDON STATION - South Wimbledon - Merton - Colliers Wood - Tooting - Balham - Clapham - Stockwell - Kennington - then either Blackfriars Bridge or Westminster Bridge to VICTORIA EMBANKMENT and vica versa.
New Tram replacement route for Trams #2 & 4
The route when introduced was numbered 155B and 155W the suffixes denoting whether route went via Westminster or Blackfriars
.This arrangement was not a success as the blinds were not always altered for the correct route leading to a lot of confusion therefore on 02.05.51 the route was numbered plain 155 and two new ultimates were produced BLACKFRIARS & Embankment and WESTMINSTER & Embankment.

155 Central section
Extracted from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
Click map to expand
30.04.58
CA
27RTL
27RTL
28RTL
1958 times
The above timetable has been extracted from the 1958 Red Book which is available for sale
This book shows all the first and last times of Central Buses - Trolleybuses and Green Line ( full timetables ) current at 30th April 1958 prior to the heavy cuts in Novemebr 1958
26.11.58
AL
25RT
17RT
17RT
 
SW
--
10RTL
--

(CA) allocation moved to (AL) and (SW) with garage closure

09.10.63
AL
25RT
20RT
14RT

Saturday only (SW) withdrawn.

18.11.64
AL
23RT
16RT
10RT

WIMBLEDON STATION
- ELEPHANT & CASTLE (Sat pm/Sun) - EMBANKMENT (Monday-Friday/Saturday am)
Saturday pm and Sunday withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Embankment.


31.12.66
AL
19RT
12RT
11RT
 
NB
--
--
7RM

HERSHAM STATION (Sunday) - WIMBLEDON STATION (Monday-Saturday) - ELEPHANT (Monday-Friday/Saturday am/Sunday early journeys) -  EMBANKMENT (Monday-Friday peaks/Sat am/Sun early jnys)
Mon-Fri withdrawn outside peaks Elephant to Embankment.

1967 times
This extract from the June 1967 red book shows the full extent of the route from Hersham to Embankment although the longest journey was Walton to Elephant
07.09.68
AL
18RT+
12RT
11RT
    1RT/152    
 
NB
--
--
7RM
1968 entry
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale

25.10.69
AL
16RT
12RT
6RT
 
NB
--
--
4RM

WEST MOLESY
(Suns) - WIMBLEDON STN (Monday-Saturday) - CLAPHAM COMMON Old Town (Suns) - ELEPHANT & CASTLE ( Mon-Sat ) - EMBANKMENT (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat & Sun early am)
Withdrawn between West Molesy and Hersham

18.04.70
AL
16RT
12RT
7RT
 
NB
--
--
3RT

Sunday (NB) allocation changed from RM to RT type.

RM1205

RM1205 is seen in April 1973 at South Wimbledon performing a Sunday duty although officially the route was RT operated at this time

© John Parkin

12.05.73
AL
15RT
12RT
--

WIMBLEDON STATION - ELEPHANT & CASTLE; - EMBANKMENT (Monday-Friday peaks/Sat early am)
Sunday service replaced by revised 131.

15.12.73
AL
15RT
12RM
--

Saturday RT type replaced by RM.

RT2273

RT2273 seen on the last day of RT operation at the Wimbledon stand

© John Parkin

09.01.77
AL171+
15RM
12RM
--

Mon-Fri conversion from RT to RM

27.10.84
AL171+
11RM
8RM
--

WIMBLEDON
- ELEPHANT & CASTLE (Monday-Saturday) - Westminster Bridge Road - York Road - Waterloo - ALDWYCH (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat early am)
Embankment journeys replaced by ALDWYCH journeys.

25.10.86
AL171+
13D
10D
--

WIMBLEDON -
ELEPHANT & CASTLE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDWYCH (Monday-Friday peaks)
Saturday journeys from Elephant to Aldwych withdrawn. Converted to One Man Operation.



21.11.87
AL171+
6D
10D
--
 
SW
6D
--
--

WIMBLEDON - ELEPHANT & CASTLE (Monday-Saturday)
Withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Aldwych.
Monday-Friday (SW) allocation introduced.

28.11.88
AL171+
12D
10D
--

(SW) allocation withdrawn.

DMS2551

DMS2551 Clapham South Station - the price of petrol 42p per litre in 1990 as advertised in the Gulf Garage

© John Parkin

28.04.90
AL161+
17D
17D
--
   
inc 355
inc 355
--

WIMBLEDON STN - South Wimbledon - Colliers Wood - Tooting - Balham - Clapham - Stockwell - VAUXHALL (Monday-Saturday)
Re-routed at Stockwell via South Lambeth Road to VAUXHALL STATION.

29.09.90
AL161+
17M
17M
7M
   
inc 355
inc 355
--

WIMBLEDON STN - VAUXHALL
Sunday service introduced to replace part of withdrawn 88

25.05.91
AL151+
9M
8M
7M

355 separated from 155

M209

M209 seen at Elephant & Castle shopping centre

This image available on the
Metrobus download

28.11.92
AL151+
11DW
9DW
8DW

WIMBLEDON STN - STOCKWELL STATION
Converted to midi-bus operation and withdrawn between Stockwell and Vauxhall

DW49

DW49 Clapham Common Station

This image available on the
Single Deck download

29.06.96
AL151+
13M
12M
10M

WIMBLEDON STN - ELEPHANT & CASTLE
Converted to big bus operation and extended from Stockwell to Elephant & Castle to replace withdrawn section on 355.

05.01.97
AL151+
13M
12M
10DW

Sunday converted to midi-bus operation.

29.05.99
SW121+
13LDP
12LDP
5DLP
LG LOGO Contract renewal

ELEPHANT & CASTLE - TOOTING St Georges Hospital
Converted from double deck to single deck low floor operation.
Aallocation transferred to Stockwell and southern terminal changed.

17.06.00
AL221+
13LDP
13LDP
7LDP

Allocation transferred from Stockwell to Merton.

03.02.01
AL221+
6LDP
7LDP
5LDP
 
SW281+
7LDP
7LDP
3LDP

Part allocation transferred from Merton to Stockwell.

LDP195

LDP195 Elephant & Castle April 02

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

14.09.02
AL221+
13LDP
13LDP
7LDP

Stockwell allocation withdrawn.

01.11.03
AL221+
16PVL
15PVL
9PVL

Upgraded to low floor double deck operation.

PVL119

PVL119 Tooting Bec

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

13.12.03
AL221+
16PVL
17PVL
10PVL

Contract renewed with London General and evening frequencies increased.

WVL89

WVL89 Elephant & Castle

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

11.12.10
AL221+
18PVL
17PVL
12PVL
lg logo Contract renewed with London General (AL)

E144

E144 Elephant & Castle

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

12.12.15
AL221+
19WHV
17WHV
12WHV

Contract renewal

WHV191
WHV191 seen at Clapham Common Station
© Ian Armstrong
2014 map
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
Clck map to expand
30.09.17
SW
19WHV
17WHV
12WHV

Allocation moved to Stockwell to make room for new won Route 131

Operating Garages

CA Clapham
Changeover point outside garage

AL Merton
Changeover point outside garage
up to 28.05.99
From 29.05.99 Tooting Broadway

NB Norbiton
Changeover point Norbiton Church

SW Stockwell
Changeover point outside garage

155 times live stands Tender Specs 155 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Monday, 11.09.17