Route History

Fares

04.05.38
SP
6LT
6LT
5LT

CHISLEHURST War Memorial - Mottingham - Eltham Church - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
New route - replacing withdrawn Chislehurst to Eltham section of Route 227

04.01.39
SP
7LT
6LT
5LT

ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat am journey )  -   CHISLEHURST War Memorial -  ELTHAM Southend Crescent
One Mon-Sat am journey extended from Chislehurst to Orpington

1939 map
Map extracted from 1939 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
19.03.41
SP
9LT
9LT
5LT

ORPINGTON Maxwell Arms ( Mon-Sat am journey  -  CHISLEHURST War Memorial  - ELTHAM Southend Crescent or non-stop to WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ( Mon-Sat peak hours )
Mon-Sat peaks extended from Eltham to Woolwich running non-stop between Eltham Church and Woolwich

14.01.42
SP
10LT
8LT
5LT

CHISLEHURST War Memorial - Mottingham - Eltham Church - ELTHAM Southend Crescent or non-stop to WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ( Mon-Sat peak hours )
Mon-Sat am journey to Orpington withdrawn

0912.42
SP
12LT
12LT
5LT

 SIDCUP GARAGE ( Mon-Sat peaks ) - CHISLEHURST War Memorial  - ELTHAM Southend Crescent or non-stop to WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ( Mon-Sat peak hours )
Mon-Sat peaks extended from Chislehurst to Sidcup Garage

1943 map Woolwich 1943
Map extracted from 1943 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
13.04.49
SP
15RTL
13RTL
7RTL

LT type replaced by RTL
1950 entry
This May 1950 allocation book is in pdf form and has been photo copied - it is not the best reproduction but all the routes are included that were in service at the time
06.07.52
AM
15RTL
8RTL
4RTL
 
SP
13RTL
8RTL
6RTL

GREENWICH CHURCH (Mon-Fri peaks) Woolwich Road - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill - CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (MS peaks)
Mon-Fri peaks extended from Woolwich to Greenwich and service between Eltham and Woolwich revised to stopping service to compensate for Tram #44 withdrawal.
New daily Plumstead (AM) allocation introduced.
These changes were part of the last stage of tram replacement.

07.09.52
AM
15RTL
8RTL
--
 
AW
--
--
4RTL
 
SP
13RTL
8RTL
6RTL

Sunday Plumstead allocation transferred to Abbey Wood (AW).

06.05.53
AW
--
--
4RTL
 
SP
14RTL
8RTL
6RTL

Plumstead (AW) allocation transferred to new 161A

04.05.55
AW
--
--
5RT
 
SP
14RT
8RT
4RT

RTL type replaced by RT

30.04.58
AW
--
--
5RT
 
SP
14RT
8RT
4RT
161 times

Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List

26.11.58
AW
--
--
5RT
 
SP
14RT
8RT
4RT

GREENWICH CHURCH (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri peaks)
Saturday service from Chislehurst to Sidcup withdrawn except for garage journeys.

12.10.60
AW
--
--
5RT
 
SP
14RT
8RT
4RT

WOOLWICH ROAD Victoria Way (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Woolwich Road and Greenwich.

06.11.71
AW
--
--
5RT
 
SP
9RT
9RT
3RT

CHARLTON STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri peaks)
Withdrawn between Charlton Station and Victoria Way.

01.03.75
AW
--
--
5RM
 
SP
9RT
9RT
3RM

Routemasters introduced on Sundays.

RT4051 War Memorial stand

RT4051 seen at Chislehurst shortly before the RT type was withdrawn

© John Parkin


21.05.77
AW
--
--
6RM
 
SP
7RM
7RM
3RM

Mon-Sat Routemasters introduced.

27.09.80
AW1+
13RM
10RM
4RM
 
SP121+
7RM
8RM
4RM

CHARLTON STN (Mon-Fri peaks) → WOOLWICH →  CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri peaks) or PETTS WOOD STATION (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat Abbey Wood (AW) introduced due to 161A number being discontinued.

RM720

RM720 seen outside Plumstead Garage on a garage journey to Abbey Wood.  It can be seen that the new garage needs a few finishing touches before the grand opening

© John Parkin

31.10.81
PD101+
13MD
9MD
4MD
 
SP121+
7RM
8RM
5RM

Abbey Wood (AW) garage closes and allocation transferred to new Plumstead (PD). MD type introduced.

04.09.82
PD101+
10MD
9MD
3MD
 
SP121+
6RM
5RM
3RM

CHARLTON STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST - SIDCUP GARAGE (Mon-Fri peaks) or PETTS WOOD STN (MS except evgs/Sat except early am)
Journeys to Petts Wood restricted  as above.

22.11.82
PD101+
10Tc
9Tc
3Tc
 
SP121+
6RM
5RM
3RM

MD type replaced by Leyland Titan.

MD127

MD127 seen inside Plumstead Garage (PD) complete with Conductor Only board beneath the windscreen

June 1983

© John Parkin

04.02.84
PD101+
10Tc
9Tc
3Tc
 
SP121+
6RM
5RM
2RM

CHARLTON STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - SIDCUP GARAGE or PETTS WOOD STATION (MS except evgs/Sat except early am)
Extended from Chislehurst to Sidcup Garage at all times.

02.02.85
PD101+
10T
--
--
 
SP121+
11T
16T
5T

Converted to One Person Operation
Saturday and Sunday Plumstead (PD) allocation withdrawn.

02.11.85
PD101+
6T
--
--
 
SP121+
12T
15T
5T

CHARLTON STATION (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - SIDCUP GARAGE (MS except evgs/Suns) or PETTS WOOD STATION (MS except evgs/Sat except early am)
Mon-Sat evenings withdrawn between Chislehurst and Sidcup Garage except for garage journeys.

16.08.86
SP121+
18L
13L
5L

Plumstead (PD) allocation withdrawn.

16.01.88
PD41+
17L
12L
3L

CHARLTON STATION (Mon-Fri peaks) - WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST (Suns) - SIDCUP STATION (Mon-Fri peaks) or PETTS WOOD STATION (MS except evgs/Sat except early am)
Extension from Chislehurst to Sidcup restricted to Mon-Fri peaks and diverted to Sidcup Station
Sidcup (SP) allocation transferred to Plumstead (PD)

L70

L70 waits at Eltham Station for a peak hour journey to Charlton

This image available on the
Leyland Olympian download


16.11.89
PD41+
15L
12L
3L

WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST War Memorial (Suns) - SIDCUP STATION (SDO jnys) or PETTS WOOD STATION (MS except evgs/Sat except early am)
Extension from Chislehurst to Sidcup Station restricted to Mon-Fri schoolday journeys and withdrawn between Woolwich and Charlton

19.01.91
PD41+
13L/T
12L/T
4MRL

Sunday converted to midibus

27.04.91
TB51+
12T
6T
4MRL

BROMLEY NORTH STATION - Bickley - Bickley - Chislehurst - Mottingham - Eltham - WOOLWICH
Diverted at Chislehurst via 227 to Bromley North. Petts Wood section renumbered 161A
PD allocation transferred to Bromley (TB).

SR71

SR71 Monk Street Woolwich

This image available on the
Single Deck download

T978

T978 is at Chislehurst War Memorial - soon to turn right towards Bromley

This image available on the
Titan download

 


12.03.94
LM
8ON
8ON
6midi

WOOLWICH - CHISLEHURST War Memorial
Withdrawn between Chislehurst and Bromley ( partly replaced by new 162) and contract transferred to Kentish Bus (Deptford base)

KB559

A smart Leyland Olympian Northern Counties Paladin ii ( 559 ) waits in Monk Street

This image available on the
Arriva download


02.12.95
MB21+
9dd
9dd
4sd

Transferred from Kentish Bus to Metrobus

215

Seen on a Sunday duty at Eltham Dart 215

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

07.08.99
MB21+
13Trident
13Trident
7dart

NORTH GREENWICH STN - CHISLEHURST War Memorial
Extended from Woolwich to North Greenwich Station via Woolwich Road - Horn Lane - Bugsby's Way - Dreadnought Street and converted to low floor Dennis Trident operation.

411

Trident 411 at Eltham Station

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

24.02.01
MB21+
13dd
13dd
6 dd

Diverted to run via new Queen Elizabeth Hospital

161 map
10.05.03
MB171+
14Trident
14Trident
6Trident

Rerouted at North Greenwich via West Parkside Busway.

18.03.06
MB171+
14sc
14sc
9sc

Contract renewal with new Scania dd.

465

465 is in Well Hall Road - with Eltham Station immediately ahead.

This image available on the
GO-AHEAD London download

01.09.07
MB171+
14sc
14sc
10sc

Sunday frequencies increased

19.03.11
MB171+
14sc
14sc
10sc

Contract extended for two years

16.03.13
MB171+
14SC
14SC
10SC

Contract renewed for 5 years

01.05.14
MB171+
14SC
14SC
10SC
2014 map woolwich 2014
Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

161 times

Operating Garages

AM Plumstead
Changeover point Woolwich

AW Abbey Wood
Changeover point Woolwich or Well Hall Station.

PD Plumstead
Changeover point
Woolwich

SP Sidcup
Changeover point at garage or Well Hall Station.

TB Bromley
Changeover point at ?

LM Deptford ( Kentish Bus )
Changeover point at ?

MB Green Street Green
Changeover point - a number of finishing afternoon journeys changeover at Chislehurst War Memorial - all others are at Eltham Station where the route controller is based.

Current stands and turning points

Tender specs

 

Dartford tt

The full timetable for Jan 1950 is shown - to purchase click below

 

The full timetable can be found in this 1949 booklet available for sale