Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
15.04.59
CT
26RTL
23RTL
12RTL

SMITHFIELD - -CUBITT TOWN Stebondale Street
Trolleybus replacement for TB677

1961 times
Taken from May 1961 Red Book
11.10.61
CT
26RTL
23RTL
16RTL

SMITHFIELD - CUBITT TOWN Stebondale Street ( Mon-Sat ) - Cubitt Town - Prestons Road - Cotton Street - POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel (Suns)
Sunday service extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar replacing withdrawn 56 on this day.

RTL711

RTL711 seen here at Limehouse ?

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

18.11.64
CT
30RTL
28RTL
16RTL
 
PR
--
4RTL
--

SMITHFIELD - - CUBITT TOWN Stebondale Street (Mon-Fri) - POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel (Sat/Sun)
Saturday service extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar replacing withdrawn 56 on this day and PR allocation added.

23.01.66
CT
30RTL
28RTL
14RTL
 
PR
--
4RTL
--

SMITHFIELD ( Mon-Sat ) - ISLINGTON Angel (Suns) - CUBITT TOWN Stebondale Street (Mon-Fri) - POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel (Sat/Sun)
Sunday service withdrawn between Angel and Smithfield.

01.09.67
CT
27RT
26RT
14RT
 
PR
--
4RTL
--

Clapton (CT) allocation converted from RTL to RT.

07.09.68
CT
27RT
26RT
14RT
 
PR
--
4RT
--

Poplar (PR) allocation converted from RTL to RT.

RT487

RT487 waits at the Poplar stand to start a short working journey to Mile End

© Malcolm Allan

05.10.68
CT
27RT
26RT
13RT
 
PR
--
5RT
2RT

A   small Sunday Poplar (PR) allocation added.

1968
This entry is part of the September 1968 allocation book which is available for sale
25.10.69
CT
19RT
21RT
14RT
 
PR
11RT
11RT
--

SMITHFIELD ( Mon-Sat ) - ISLINGTON Angel (Suns) -POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel
Mon-Fri extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar making this a daily operation to replace Route 56 which was withdrawn.
Sunday (PR) withdrawn.

16.01.71
CT
10RT
15RT
11RT
 
PR
20RT
11RT
--

SMITHFIELD ( Mon-Sat ) -MILDMAY Park (Suns) -POPLAR BATHS
Daily extended in Poplar via East India Dock Road and Newby Place (returning via Poplar High Street) to POPLAR BATHS.
Sunday service withdrawn between Mildmay Park and Angel


05.01.74
CT
12DMS
10DMS
3DMS
 
PR
12DMS
9DMS
2DMS

SMITHFIELD ( Mon-Sat ) - MILDMAY PARK (Suns) - CUBITT TOWN Queen Hotel
Converted to OPO and withdrawn between Cubitt Town and Poplar - this section covered by new crew route 277A .
Sunday Poplar (PR) allocation introduced.

07.08.76
CT71+
11DMS
11DMS
5DMS
 
PR1+
19DMS
15DMS
7DMS

SMITHFIELD ( Mon-Sat ) - MILDMAY PARK (Suns) - POPLAR BATHS
Extended from Cubitt Town to Poplar Baths replacing withdrawn 277A.

18.04.82
CT71+
10DMS
8DMS
5DMS
 
PR1+
15T
12T
5T

Poplar (PR) allocation converted to Leyland Titan operation.

04.09.82
CT71+
5T
6T
2T
 
PR1+
15T
12T
6T

SMITHFIELD (Mon-Fri except evgs,Sats) - ANGEL(Mon-Fri evgs,Suns) - POPLAR BATHS
Mon-Fri evenings withdrawn between Angel and Smithfield but extended on Sunday from Mildmay park to Angel.
Clapton (CT) allocation converted to Leyland Titan operation.

14.04.84
CT71+
5M
6M
2M
 
PR1+
15T
12T
6T

Clapton (CT) allocation converted from Leyland Titan to MCW Metrobus operation.

02.11.85
CT71+
15M
14M
6M

Poplar (PR) allocation moved to Clapton (CT) with garage closure.

15.08.87
AG71+
15T
14T
6T

Clapton (CT) closure - allocation moved to Ash Grove (AG)

04.03.89
AG71+
11T
11T
6T

SMITHFIELD (Mon-Fri except evgs,Sats) - ANGEL(Mon-Fri evgs,Suns) - LIMEHOUSE ( Mon-Sat ) - POPLAR BATHS (Suns)
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Limehouse and Poplar - replaced by new D7

24.02.90
BW111+
9T
9T
7T

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - St Pauls Road - Balls Pond Road - LIMEHOUSE ( Mon-Sat ) - POPLAR BATHS (Suns)
Diverted at Canonbury via St Pauls Road to HIGHBURY AND ISLINGTON STATION - the Smithfield section replaced by new 56.
Ash Grove allocation transferred to Bow (BW).

01.07.91
BW11+
11T
1OT
7T

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - Dalston - Hackney - Victoria Park - Mile End - Limehouse - West India Dock Road - West Ferry Road - CANARY WHARF Westferry Circus ( Mon-Sat ) - POPLAR BATHS (Suns)
MS extended from Limehouse to CANARY WHARF


10.07.91
BW111+
11T
1OT
7T

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - Dalston - Hackney - Victoria Park - Mile End - Limehouse - West India Dock Road - West Ferry Road - CANARY WHARF Cartier Circle ( Mon-Sat ) - POPLAR BATHS (Suns)
MS extended CANARY WHARF Westferry Circus to Cartier Circle.

07.12.91
BW
11T
1OT
7T
 
WH
5T
--
--

An additional Mon-Fri (except evening service) introduced between Canary Wharf and Mile End Station worked by buses from West Ham (WH)

09.05.92
BW111+
11T
1OT
7T

Mon-Fri supplementary service between Canary Wharf and Mile End Station withdrawn along with West Ham (WH) allocation.

20.03.93
BW111+
11T
1OT
6T

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - CANARY WHARF Cartier Circle
Withdrawn between Canary Wharf and Poplar - this section replaced by introduction of Sunday service on Route D7.

T395

T395 crosses the Mile End Road

This image available on the
Titan download

15.01.94
BW111+
12T
12T
5T

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - CANARY WHARF Cartier Circle (Suns) - Trafalgar Way - Aspen Way - Oreagano Drive - Coriander Avenue - Rosemary Drive - LEAMOUTH Saffron Avenue (return via Clove Crescent)
Mon-Sat extended from Canary Wharf to Leamouth.

FC289

Capital Citibus provided the service on Boxing Day - 289 shown here

This image available on the
First London download

28.02.98
BW111+
12T
11T
5T

Start of new contract

March 1998
Taken from 277 leaflet dated March 1998
10.07.99
BW111+
12TA
11TA
5TA

Converted from d/d to low floor dd

VA65

VA65 waits at the Leamouth stand

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

01.03.03
BW111+
20TA
18TA
15TA

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN - LEAMOUTH Saffron Avenue
Contract renewed with Stagecoach (BW)
Sunday service extended from Canary Wharf to Leamouth as MS.
N277 introduced running every night - route as per 277

27.03.04
BW111+
20TA
18TA
15TA
Night service
BW101+
3TA
3TA
3TA

"N277" number dropped - thus service now 24 hour

18208

18208 Canary Wharf

This image available on the
Stagecoach  download

30.08.09
WH311+
22TA
21TA
16TA
Night service
WH301+
3TA
3TA
3TA

Bow allocation withdrawn and transferred to West Ham (WH) - replaced by new acquired Route 205

17.09.11
BW151+
21TA
19TA
17TA
Night service
WH301+
3TA
3TA
3TA

Allocation moved back to Bow (BW) - this was connected to Upton Park garage closure.

31.08.13
BW151+
21TA
19TA
17TA
Night service
BW301+
3TA
3TA
3TA

Night service allocation transferred to Bow (BW)

28.02.15
BW151+
21SC
19SC
17SC
Night service
BW301+
3SC
3SC
3SC

Contract extended for two years

15101

Scania 15101 seen in Grove Road

© Lawrence Living

17.09.16
BW151+
25SC
24SC
15SC
Night service
BW301+
4SC
4SC
4SC

HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON STN  -  Hackney Central  -  Well Street  -  Victoria Park  - Burdett Road  -  Mile End  -  Limehouse  -  Westferry Station  -  Canary Wharf  -  West Ferry Road  -  Island Gardens  -  East Ferry Road  -  CROSSHARBOUR Asda ( 24/7 service )
Withdrawn between Canary Wharf and Leamouth, diverted instead to Crossharbour replacing part of Route 135
The Canary Wharf to Leamouth section replaced by Revised D3

25.02.17
BW151+
25E
24E
16E
Night service
BW301+
4E
4E
4E

Contract renewal with new ADL E40H Enviros

48 times 277 live stands Tender Specs Route 277 fares

 

 

Operating Garages

PR Poplar
Changeover at Blackwall Tunnel

BW Bow
Changeover at Mile End Station

AG Ash Grove
Changeover at Well Street ?

CT Clapton
Changeover point at H Garage - Well Street

WH Canning Town
Changeover point unknown

Comment

The Queen Hotel - Cubitt Town.

My wife is a geordie and asked me to take her to the the real East End and so we bought a travelcard and visited a few pubs. I had bought some books earlier in the day and the alcohol must have dulled my mind as I left them under the stool at the "Queen". It was not until we got back to a pub in Bow (the Bow Bells) that I realised that I had forgotten my books and so I left my wife perched on a stool in the Bow Bells and returned to "The Queen" and asked the barmaid if anyone had handed in my books and she replied.

"Anything else and I would say no - but books- no one can read round here - they will be where you left them - sure enough ! "

Yes - I will always remember the Queen with affection - alas a posh bar now