Route History

Route 242 fares

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
E
3S
4S
4S
roundel This route was previously numbered 306

WALTHAM CROSS - WALTHAM ABBEY Green Man ( Daily ) - Honey Lane - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Tue - Thur - Sat journeys ) - Woodridden Hill - WAKE ARMS ( Summer Suns )

Route 306 is indicated as the pre-October 1934 route number. The LOTS info that I have shows 306B - 306D - 306F all becoming Route 242 - with Route 306E (Watford - Barnet - Enfield) becoming Country Route 306 after October 1934. It seems that the 306B - 306D - 306F were entirely disconnected from the 306E - and I can't find a 306 without a suffix pre-October 1934 - but that's the crazy Bassom system for you - Can anyone add to this ?

242 map

Extracted from 1939 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

05.06.40
E
5T
7T
5T

CHESHUNT Old Pond ( Sat pm ) - WALTHAM CROSS ( Mon-Fri / Sat am / Sun ) - WALTHAM ABBEY ( Daily ) - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Tue - Thur - Sat journeys ) - WAKE ARMS ( Summer Suns)
Sat pm extended from Waltham Cross to Cheshunt

22.01.41
E
8T
8T
10T

CHESHUNT Old Pond ( Sat pm ) - WALTHAM CROSS ( Mon-Fri / Sat am / Sun ) - WALTHAM ABBEY ( Daily ) - QUINTIN HILL ICI Works ( journeys ) -
EPPING FOREST Volunteer
( Tue - Thur - Sat journeys ) - WAKE ARMS ( Summer Suns)
Daily journeys extended from Waltham Abbey to Quintin Hill

29.10.41
E
10T
12T
11T

POTTERS BAR GARAGE - Northaw - Cuffley - Goffs Oak - Cheshunt - WALTHAM ABBEY ( Daily ) -QUINTIN HILL ICI Works ( journeys ) - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Tue - Thur - Sat journeys ) - WAKE ARMS ( Summer Suns)
Daily extended from Waltham Cross to Potters Bar which replaced lost sectionof Route 205

31.12.41
E
11T
12T
11T

POTTERS BAR GARAGE - WALTHAM ABBEY ( Daily ) -QUINTIN HILL ICI Works ( journeys ) - or HONEY LANE ISOLATION HOSPITAL ( journeys ) - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Sat journeys ) -
WAKE ARMS ( Summer Suns)
Withdrawn between Honey Lane Isolation Hospital and EPPING FOREST Volunteer except for Saturday journeys

08.04.42
E
11T
12T
11T

POTTERS BAR GARAGE - WALTHAM ABBEY ( Daily ) - or QUINTIN HILL ICI Works ( journeys ) - or HONEY LANE ISOLATION HOSPITAL ( journeys ) - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Sat journeys )
Summer Sunday extension from Waltham Abbey to Wake Arms suspended for the duration

1943 map
Extracted from 1943 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
21.04.43
E
11T
12T
11T

POTTERS BAR GARAGE -- QUINTIN HILL ICI Works ( journeys ) - or HONEY LANE ISOLATION HOSPITAL - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Sat journeys )
Daily extended from Waltham Abbey to Honey Lane Hospital

25.10.44
E
8T+
9T+
7T
    1T/205 1T/205  

POTTERS BAR GARAGE -- HONEY LANE ISOLATION HOSPITAL - EPPING FOREST Volunteer ( Sat journeys )
Quintin Hill journeys withdrawn

1946 map
Extracted from 1946 Red Book ( although it was yellow )
22.05.46
E
8T
9T
8T

POTTERS BAR GARAGE -- EPPING FOREST Wake Arms
Daily extended from Honey Lane Hospital to Wake Arms

26.10.49
E
8TD
7TD
7TD

Converted to TD operation

TD49

TD49 at Potters Bar garage

Photographer unknown

06.05.53
E
7RT
7RT
7RT

Converted to double deck operation

12.10.55
E
8RT
8RT
6RT

POTTERS BAR STATION - Mutton Lane - High Street - Potters Bar Garage - EPPING FOREST Wake Arms
Daily extended from Potters Bar Garage to Potters bar Station via Mutton lane

17.10.56
E
8RT
8RT
6RT

SOUTH MIMMS Blanche Lane (Mon-Sat) - Cecil Road - Mutton Lane - POTTERS BAR GARAGE (Suns) - EPPING FOREST Wake Arms
Mon-Sat diverted at Mutton lane to South Mimms instead of Potters bar Station
Sunday withdrawn between Potters Bar Garage and Station

30.04.58
E
8RT
8RT
6RT
1958 map
Extracted from 1958 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
26.11.58
E
8RT
8RT
3RT

SOUTH MIMMS Blanche Lane (Mon-Sat) - CUFFLEY STATION (Suns) - EPPING FOREST Wake Arms
Sunday withdrawn between Cuffley Station & Potters Bar Garage - this section replaced by new 242A

11.10.61
E
8RT
8RT
--

SOUTH MIMMS - Potters Bar - Newhaw - Cuffley - Cheshunt - Waltham Cross - Watham Abbey - - EPPING FOREST Wake Arms( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn - the Cuffley to Waltham Cross section already served by 242A and Waltham Cross to Epping Forest section replaced by new 205A

RT1974

RT1974 Potters Bar Garage

Photographer unknown

27.02.63
PB
12RT
10RT
--

SOUTH MIMMS  -  Potters Bar  -  Cuffley  -  Cheshunt  -  Waltham Cross  -  Waltham Abbey  -  Sewardstone Road  -  Kings Head Hill  -  CHINGFORD STATION ( Mon-Sat )
DIverted at Waltham Cross to Chingford via withdrawn Route 205
Allocation moved to Potters Bar (PB) which was a part of a chain reaction to put routes nearer to their home garage

30.11.68
PB
14MB
8MB
5MB

CHINGFORD STATION - POTTERS BAR White Horse (Suns) - SOUTH MIMMS (Mon-Sat)
Converted to single deck OPO operation and a Sunday service introduced replacing withdrawn 242A

SM36

SM36 unknown location

This image available on the
Single Deck download

16.10.76
PB81+
14MB
8MB
5MB

CHINGFORD STATION - POTTERS BAR STATION (Mon-Fri evgs/Suns) - SOUTH MIMMS (Mon-Fri except evgs/Sat)
Mon-Fri evenings withdrawn between Potters Bar Station & South Mimms
Sunday extended from POTTERS BAR White Horse to POTTERS BAR STATION

19.12.81
PB81+
11M
8M
3M

Converted to double deck operation

23.04.83
PB81+
7M
5M
2M

CHINGFORD STATION - POTTERS BAR STATION
Withdrawn betwen Potters Bar Station & South Mimms

24.05.86
PB81+
6M
4M
2M

WALTHAM ABBEY - POTTERS BAR STATION
Withdrawn between Chingford & Waltham Abbey

01.04.89
PB81+
6M+
4M
2M
    1M/310A    
ln logo London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off.
Route 242 came under London Northern stewardship
M1115

M1115 High Street, Potters Bar

This image available on the
Metrobus download

03.09.89
PB81+
6M
4M
2M

WALTHAM ABBEY - POTTERS BAR STATION - POTTERS BAR Cranborne Road (Mon-Fri peak journeys)
Mon-Fri peak journeys extended in Potters Bar from Station to Cranborne Road
Start of revised contract with Hertfordshire County Council

28.04.90
PB81+
6M
4M
2M

Mon-Sat rerouted in Flamstead End before 1900 via Rosedale Way - ( between Goffs Lane and Andrews Lane) - Andrews Lane - and Church Gate instead of Goffs Lane.
Journeys between peak hours on Mon-Fri and during Saturday shopping hours further rerouted to double run along Rosedale Way to junction with Fourfields.

Google map showing diversion

21.07.90
PB81+
6M
4M
2M

WALTHAM ABBEY (except MS evgs) - WALTHAM CROSS - HAMMONDSTREET (MS evenings) POTTERS BAR STATION - POTTERS BAR Cranborne Road (Mon-Fri peak journeys)
Rosedale Way diversion now applicable during Mon-Fripeak hours
MS eveings withdrawn between Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey but separate service introduced between Waltham Cross & Hammond Street via 359.

LS89

LS89 stands in for a double decker

This image available on the
Single Deck download


02.02.92
PB81+
6M
4M
2M

WALTHAM ABBEY (Mon-Sat except evenings - WALTHAM CROSS ( Mon-Sat evenings / Suns ) - HAMMOND SREET (Mon-Sat evenings) - POTTERS BAR STATION ( Mon-Sat )- POTTERS BAR Cranborne Road (Mon-Fri peak journeys)
Sunday service withdrawn between WalthamAbbey and Waltham Cros and rerouted via Rosedale Estate as Mon-Sat
Sunday additional service added between Waltham Abbey andf Hammond Street

05.09.92
PB81+
4M
4M
--
Thamesway ( Suns)      
?

WALTHAM CROSS  - POTTERS BAR STATION  -   POTTERS BAR Cranborne Road (Mon-Fri peak journeys)
Now being operated commercially on Mon-Sat as a result of termination of Herts CC contract
Withdrawn between WalthamCross and Waltham Abbey and to Hammond Street

A further change is that all 242 buses operate via Rosedale Way McGredy, the school jnys direct via Goffs Lane no longer run by LBL
The double run to Rosedale Way Fourfields still applies to M-Sat daytime journeys in shopping hours.

Sunday contract awarded to Thamesway

AV30

AV30 Waltham Cross Bus Station

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

02.09.95
Eastbound buses rerouted via Cuffley Station forecourt

Mercedes midi

Mercedes midibus at Waltham Cross ?

This image available on the
First London download

31.03.96
PB161+
4M
4M
--
County Bus ( Suns)      
?

Sunday contract reassigned to County Bus

04.07.98
PB161+
4M
4M
--
County Bus ( Suns)      
?

Joint scheduling with Routes 217/231 ceased

10.10.98
PB111+
4M
4M
--
County Bus ( Suns)      
?

Rerouted between Flamstead End - Jolly Bricklayers & Goffs Lane via Flamstead End Road - Longfield Lane, Rosedale Way (north & west).
The section of Rosedale Way (south) is no longer served due to persistent vandalism - i.e.brick-throwing at buses.

27.03.99
PB21+
4S
4S
--
County Bus ( Suns)      
?

M type replaced by Scania S type

S12

S12 Waltham Cross

This image available on the
Nostalgia 2 download

26.06.99
PB21+
4S
4S
--
County Bus ( Suns)      
?

Mon-Sat evening service altered from temporary to formal HertsCC contract - and type change from double-deck to single deck in evenings.

Mercedes midi

Arriva midibus seen at Waltham Cross ?

This image available on the
Arriva download

25.10.03
PB21+
4S
4S
--
Trustline      
?


WALTHAM CROSS  -  HAMMOND STREET ( Mon-Sat evenings / Sundays )  -  POTTERS BAR STATION ( Daily )  -  POTTERS BAR Dame Alice Owen School ( SDO journeys )
Additional Mon-Sat evening and Sunday service added between Waltham Cross and Hammond Street ( 363 reumbered )

23.05.08
PB21+
DEL
DEL
--
Trustline      
?

Metroline allocation converted to Enviro Dart type with dot matrix blinds

DEL848

 

DEL848 shows that this is not a TFL route as the dot matrix blind would not be allowed

This image is available on the Metroline download

30.03.09
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
Trustline      
?

Mon-Sat evening service transferred to Sullivan Buses

23.08.09
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
Centrebus      
?

Trustline purchased by Centrebus

28.03.10
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
Uno      
?

Last day of Sunday operation with Centrebus who surrendered the contract
UNO operated a temporary contract

05.09.10
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
Centrebus      
?

WALTHAM CROSS  -  HAMMOND STREET ( Mon-Sat evenings / Sundays )-  POTTERS BAR STATION  ( Mon-Sat )  -  POTTERS BAR Dame Alice Owen School ( SDO journeys ) or  Church Road - Great North Road - Hawkshead Road - Bluebridge Road - Bradmore Green - Brookmans Road - Brookmans Park Station - Station Road - Dixons Hill Road - Welham Green Station - Dixons Hill Road - Great North Road - Southway - Travellers Lane - South Hatfield - Woods Avenue - then double run via Queensway - Cavsndish Way to Hatfield Galleria then Queensway - French Horn Lane - Great North Road - Hatfield Station - Great North Road - Hertford Road - Chequers - Howlands - QE Hospital - Howlands - Cole Green Lane - Black Fan Road - Sylvan Way - Panshanger - Moors Walk - Herns Way - Mundells - Bessemer Road - Bridge Road - Osborn Way  -  WELWYN GARDEN CITY STATION ( Suns )
The Sunday contract reawarded to Centrebus and extended from Potters Bar to Welwyn Garden City

11.11.12
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
Road Runners Harlow      
?

Sunday service transferred from Centrebus to Road Runners Harlow

31.03.13
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
UNO      
?

Operator change on Sundays (Roadrunner to Uno)

31.08.13
PB51+
2DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
Sullivan Buses SM evgs evgs
--
UNO      
?

Most of service rerouted via Brookfield Centre Cheshunt

29.03.14
PB51+
4DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
UNO      
?

Mon-Sat evening service transferred to Metroline

31.08.14
PB51+
4DEL+
3DEL
--
    1DEL/84    
UNO      
?

WALTHAM CROSS  -  HAMMOND STREET ( Mon-Sat evenings )  -  POTTERS BAR STATION  ( Mon-Sat )  -  POTTERS BAR Dame Alice Owen School ( SDO journeys ) - WELWYN GARDEN CITY STATION ( Suns )
Sunday Hammond Street journeys extended via  Hammond Street Road - Newgate Street Road to Goff's Oak then as normal service but only to Potters Bar Station

2014 map Click here for more detail
2014 map - click here for more detail Potters Bar to Welwyn Garden City section

Current weekday times

Current Sunday ( UNO ) times

Operating Garage

E Enfield
Crew Changeoverpoint at Waltham Cross

PB Potters Bar
Crew Changeoverpoint at garage

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