Route History

81B FARES

19.05.54
AV
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2RT
7RT

LONDON AIRPORT CENTRAL - Private Tunnel - Harlington Corner - Cranford - Hounslow West Stn - HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Sat/Sun)
Hard to believe but this route was introduced as a summer weekend route as London Airport was then an attraction.

RT2703

RT2703 waits at a deserted London Airport Central

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

16.10.54
Route withdrawn for winter months

13.04.55
AV
3RT
5RT
8RT

HOUNSLOW GARAGE - LONDON AIRPORT CENTRAL
Re-introduced on a daily basis - it is interesting to note that the weekend vehicle allocations were greater than Mon-Fri

81b tt
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book, the complete book is available from the Sales List
09.05.62
AV
6RT
7RT
20RM

LONDON AIRPORT CENTRAL - HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Mon-Sat) - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN (Suns)
Sunday extended from Hounslow to Shepherds Bush replacing withdrawn trolleybus route 657 on this day only.
Note the RM allocation on Sunday derived from the  117  allocation.

12.05.63
AV
6RM
7RM
20RM

Mon-Sat converted from RT to RM.

1964 map
Extracted from July 1964 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
23.08.69
AV
4RM
6RM
3RM

HOUNSLOW Bus Station - HEATHROW CENTRAL
Withdrawn between Hounslow and Shepherds Bush Green - replaced by Sunday 117.

rm1204

RM1204 offside Route indicator still in place but out of use - and the airport described as London Airport instead of Heathrow

This image available on the
Nostalgia download

18.04.70
AV
5SM
5SM
4SM

Converted to One Person Operation using single deck Swift vehicles.

SM41 now showing Heathrow Central seen in
Hounslow High Street

This image available on the
Single Deck download

26.09.70
Route withdrawn - replaced by new Route 82.

Operating Garage

AV Hounslow
Changeover point at garage