Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
11.11.59
PR
5RM
--
--
 
WH
6RM
8RM
--

BECONTREE Chittys Lane - Bennetts Castle Lane - Longbridge Road - Barking - East Ham - Upton Park - Barking Road - CANNING TOWN ( Mon-Sat ) - Silvertown Way - NORTH WOOLWICH Free Ferry (Mon-Fri peaks)

11.10.61
PR
5RM
--
--
 
WH
8RM
--
--

LITTLE HEATH - Barley Lane - Goodmayes Lane - Barking - CANNING TOWN (Mon-Fri) - NORTH WOOLWICH (Mon-Fri peaks)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Barking and Becontree and diverted instead to Little Heath via Goodmayes Lane
Saturday withdrawn and replaced by new 238A.

27.01.65
WH
9RM
8RM
5RM

LITTLE HEATH - Goodmayes - Barking - Upton Park - Green Street - Plashet Road - Portway - West Ham Lane - STRATFORD
BROADWAY

Withdrawn between Upton Park and Canning Town / North Woolwich - this section mainly replaced by revised 33.
Saturday and Sunday service introduced.
PR allocation withdrawn.

RM79

RM79 on layover at Stratford


©  J G Smith

31.12.66
WH
9RM
8RM
5RM

STRATFORD BROADWAY - LITTLE HEATH - CHADWELL HEATH HOSPITAL (Sun pm jnys)
Sunday journeys extended from Little Heath to CHADWELL HEATH HOSPITAL

1970 map

Extracted from 1970 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

17.04.71
WH
8SMS
7SMS
3SMS

Converted to single deck one person operation.

sms598

SMS598 West Ham Garage

This image available on the
Single Deck download

30.10.71
U
--
--
4SMS
 
WH
9SMS
8SMS
--

Sunday West Ham (WH) allocation transferred to Upton Park (U).

16.06.73
U
--
--
4SMS
 
WH
9SMS
8SMS
--

STRATFORD Bus Stn - LITTLE HEATH - CHADWELL HEATH HOSPITAL (Sun pm jnys)
Stratford terminal changed to new Bus Station.

20.04.74
WH
9SMS
8SMS
4SMS

Sunday Upton Park (U) allocation transferred to West Ham (WH)

28.09.75
WH
9SMS
8SMS
4DMS

Sunday converted to double deck operation.

19.03.77
WH81+
9DMS
8DMS
4DMS

MS converted to double deck operation.

22.04.78
U101+
8DMS
6DMS
4DMS
 
WH81+
--
6DMS
--

Allocation change as above

26.04.81
U101+
8T
6T
4T
 
WH81+
--
7DMS
--

Upton Park (U) converted to Titan.

T188

T188 outside closed Forest Gate (G) garage

This image available on the
Titan download

 

04.09.82
BK61+
7T
10T
4T

U and WH allocation transferred to Barking (BK).

14.04.84
BK61+
7T
10T
3T

STRATFORD Bus Stn - LITTLE HEATH - CHADWELL HEATH HOSPITAL (Sun afts)
Regular service to Chadwell Heath Hospital introduced instead of just isolated journeys.

28.10.89
BK61+
6T
11T
3T

STRATFORD - Portway - Plashet Grove - Plashet Road - High Street North - East Ham - Barking - Goodmayes - LITTLE HEATH -
CHADWELL HEATH HOSPITAL (Sun afts)
Diverted via East Ham Station instead of Upton Park.

14.09.91
BK61+
5T
7T
4T

STRATFORD Bus Station - BARKING GARAGE
Withdrawn between Barking Garage and Little Heath / Chadwell Heath Hospital.

25.09.93
BK61+
9DRL
9DRL/1DW
3DRL

Converted to single deck operation.

DRL125

DRL125 Barking Station

This image available on the
Single Deck download

26.06.95
BK61+
9DRL
9DRL
4DRL

Re-routed on leaving Stratford Bus Station via Stratford Broadway.

DWL24

DWL24 Stratford

This image available on the
Single Deck download

16.09.95
BK61+
8DAL
9DAL
4DAL

Revised bus type.

DAL14

DAL14 at Stratford Bus Station

This image available on the
Single Deck download

19.07.97
BK61+
8T
9T
4T

Converted to double deck operation.

09.10.99
BK61+
--
--
4SLD
 
U301+
9S
9S
--

Mon-Sat allocation moved to Upton Park

SLD182

SLD182 seen outside the entrance to Stratford Mall

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

04.03.00
BK61+
--
--
7T
 
U301+
9S
9S
--
LOGO CONTRACT RENEWAL

STRATFORD Bus Station - BARKING STATION.
Withdrawn between Barking Station and Barking Garage.

2000 map
Map issued at the time of this change
08.07.00
BK61+
--
--
4SLD
 
U301+
10SLD
10SLD
--

Converted to low floor single deck operation.

31.08.03
U301+
10TA
11TA
7TA

Barking (BK) allocation withdrawn - converted to low floor double deck operation.

05.03.05
U301+
10TA
12TA
8TA

Contract renewal

06.03.10
U301+
10TA
12TA
8TA

Contract extended for two years
It had been intended to extend the Route from Barking to Becontree Heath via Route 5 but this was cancelled

17889

17889 at Tramway Avenue Stratford

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

17.09.11
WH231+
10TA
12TA
11TA

Upton Park garage closed - allocation moved to Canning Town (WH)

03.03.12
WH231+
11E
12E
9E

Start of new contract with new ADL Enviro 400 buses

19871

19871 Tramway Avenue - Stratford

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

12.09.15
WH231+
11E
12E
9E
Night Service
WH931+
3E
3E
3E

All night service introduced

23.04.16
WH231+
11E
12E
6E
Night Service
BK971+
3E
3E
3E

Night element transferred to Barking (BK)

11.06.16
WH501+
11E
12E
6E
Night Service
BK971+
3E
3E
3E

Running number change at WH

04.03.17
WH501+
12E
12E
6E
Night Service
BK971+
3E
3E
3E

Contract renewal

 

Current times for Route 238 live 238 stands Tender Specs Route 238 fares

 

 

Operating Garages

PR Poplar
Changeover point Canning Town ?

WH West Ham
Changeover point Greengate 1961 - 1965

U Upton Park
Changeover point East Ham - Newham Town Hall
Some Sunday meal reliefs were taken at Barking Garage - the driver keeping the same vehicle

BK Barking
Changeover point at garage.

WH Canning Town
Changeover point at Stratford Bus Station

 

© Ian Armstrong 2017
Date of edit   Sunday, 05.03.17