Route History

18.04.66
GM
5XMS
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VICTORIA STATION - Grosvenor Place - Hyde Park Corner - MARBLE ARCH ( Mon-Fri peaks with the flow)
VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Upper Brook Street - Grosvenor Square - Brook Street - Hanover Square - Oxford Street - Marble Arch - Park Lane - Grosvenor Place - VICTORIA STATION ( Mon-Fri mid-day period )
NEW Mon-Fri ( except evenings ) express route marketed as RED ARROW

XMS1 Victoria Station

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18.07.66
GM
5XMS
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VICTORIA STATION - Grosvenor Place - Hyde Park Corner - MARBLE ARCH ( Mon-Fri peaks )
VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Upper Brook Street - Grosvenor Square - Brook Street - Hanover Square - Oxford Street - Marble Arch - Park Lane - Grosvenor Place - VICTORIA STATION ( Mon-Fri mid-day period )
The Mon-Fri peak service altered so that service is in both directions instead of with the flow

13.11.67
GM
5XMS
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Three journeys added after evening peak via Oxford Street  routeing to benefit late night shoppers

25.10.69
GM
5MBA
4MBA
3MBA

VICTORIA STATION - Grosvenor Place - Hyde Park Corner - MARBLE ARCH ( Mon-Fri peaks )
VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Upper Brook Street - Grosvenor Square - Brook Street - Hanover Square - Oxford Street - Marble Arch - Park Lane - Grosvenor Place - VICTORIA STATION ( Mon-Fri mid-day period / Sat / Sun)
Saturday and Sunday service introduced - this partly compensated for withdrawal at weekends of Route 25 between these points.

500 map
Extracted from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
16.01.71
GM
5MBA
4MBA
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VICTORIA STATION - Grosvenor Place - Hyde Park Corner - MARBLE ARCH ( Mon-Fri peaks )
VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Upper Brook Street - Grosvenor Square - Brook Street - Hanover Square - Oxford Street - Marble Arch - Park Lane - Grosvenor Place - VICTORIA STATION ( Mon-Fri mid-day period / Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn.

MBS5

MBS5 loads at Victoria - an RT on the 38 is seen in the background

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25.11.72
GM
5MBA
4MBA
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VICTORIA STATION - Grosvenor Place - Hyde Park Corner - MARBLE ARCH ( Mon-Fri peaks )
VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Marble Arch - Oxford Street - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Mon-Fri mid-day period / Sat )
Brook Street routeing withdrawn in favour of running via Oxford Street in both directions and terminating at John Princes Street

07.01.74
GM
5MBA
4MBA
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VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Marble Arch - Oxford Street - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Mon-Sat )
Revised to operate Victoria to Oxford Circus at all times

31.01.81
GM
12MBA
8MBA
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VICTORIA. Hyde park Corner - Marble Arch - Oxford Circus - Piccadilly Circus - Trafalgar Square - Westminster - VICTORIA ( MS circular in both directions )
Extended from Oxford Circus to Victoria making the route a circular in both directions

May 1981
GM
12LS
8LS
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Converted to Leyland National

LS472

The old and new are seen here at Victoria
SMS601 and LS472

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04.09.82
GM
6LS
4LS
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VICTORIA STATION - Hyde Park Corner - Marble Arch - Oxford Street - OXFORD CIRCUS ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Victoria via Westminster.

15.08.87
RA
6LS
4LS
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Reallocated to Walworth.

12.08.88
Last day of operation - replaced by Route 73 which was diverted at Hyde Park Corner to Victoria

Operating Garages

GM Gillingham Street
Crew Changeover point at Victoria

RA Walworth
Crew Changeover point at Victoria

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