Route History

25.10.39
P
22LT
17LT
13LT

WEST HAMPSTEAD West End Green - Abbey Road - Baker Street - Wigmore Street - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster - Elephant - Old Kent Road - New Cross, Deptford Broadway - BLACKHEATH Royal Standard
New Route replacing parts of Route 48 and 153 although Marylebone High Street section was left unserved

03.01.40
AM
10LT
8LT
7LT
P
17LT
14LT
12LT

WEST HAMPSTEAD West End Green - Abbey Road - Baker Street - Wigmore Street - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster - Elephant - Old Kent Road - New Cross, Deptford Broadway - Blackheath - Charlton Road - - Woolwich,PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - BOSTALL WOODS Plumstead Garage ( Suns )
Extended from Blackheath to Plumstead Common / Plumstead Garage
Daily Plumstead (AM) allocation added

20.10.40
AM
9PROV
9PROV
11LT
Express
AM
11LT
11LT
--
P
24LT
13LT
9LT

WEST HAMPSTEAD - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
PLUMSTEAD COMMON - TRAFALGAR SQUARE Express between Blackheath and Trafalgar Square ( Mon-Sat peak hours )
Express service introduced

19.03.41
AM
9PROV
9PROV
11LT
P
24LT
18LT
9LT

WEST HAMPSTEAD - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Express service withdrawn

13.02.46
AM
25LT
17LT
21LT
P
38LT
10ST
27LT
13LT

53A TIMES

Scanned from February 1946 Red Book - very difficult to get good scan with these old books unless you tear them apart

12.11.47
AM
26LT
20LT
10LT
 
P
15LT
14ST
24LT/5ST
9LT

CAMDEN TOWN - Great Portland Street - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster - Elephant - Old Kent Road - New Cross, Deptford Broadway - Blackheath - Charlton - Woolwich - PLUMSTEAD COMMON (Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Northern terminal switched to Camden Town instead of West Hampstead - Route 159 changed from Camden Town to West Hampstead to balance

03.05.50
AM
28RTL+
20RTL
12RTL
    4RTL/53    
 
P
34RT
29RT
12RT

Type change - RT/RTL introduced

rt3267

RT3267 seen at ?

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection
Photographer unknown

 

11.10.50
AM
28RTL+
20RTL
10RTL
    4RTL/53    
 
P
34RT
29RT
9RT

Sunday allocation reduced - times below

rtl600

RTL600 Trafalgar Square

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection
Photographer unknown

53A times

Scanned from October 1950 Red Book

map Woolwich 1952 map
Extracted from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

22.10.52
Renumbered 53

Operating Garages

AM Plumstead
Changeover point at Plumstead Common ?

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point outside garage