Route History

 

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
21.05.77
NF
SMA
SMA
SMA
 
WR
SMA
SMA
SMA
logo New Service operated by
London Country

Route 16A fares

GRAVESEND   - Swanscombe  -  Dartford  -  Crayford  -  Bexleyheath  --  Bexley  -  Sidcup  -  Chislehurst  -  Bromley  -  Beckenham  -  Addiscombe  -- West Croydon  -  Wallington  -  Sutton  -  Cheam  -  North Cheam  -  Malden  - Kingston  -  Hampton Court  -  Sunbury  -  Ashford  -  Ashford Hospital  -  A30  -  Beacon Road  -  Cargo Tunnel  -  Heathrow Central  -  M4 non-stop  -  Windsor Castle  -  WINDSOR Bus Station
Alternate journeys on Route 725 at Ashford to run via Heathrow Airport and M4 to Windsor. These journeys renumbered 726

28.10.78
DT
SMA
--
--
 
NF
SMA
SMA
SMA
 
WR
SMA
SMA
SMA

GRAVESEND   - Swanscombe  -  Dartford  -  Crayford  -  Bexleyheath  --  Bexley  -  Sidcup  -  Chislehurst  -  Bromley  -  Beckenham  -  Addiscombe  --Cherry Orchard Road  -  Wellesley Road  -  West Croydon  -  Wallington  -  Sutton  -  Cheam  -  North Cheam  -  Malden  - Kingston  -  Hampton Court  -  Sunbury  -  Ashford  -  Ashford Hospital  -  A30  -  Beacon Road  -  Cargo Tunnel  -  Heathrow Central  -  M4 non-stop  -  Windsor Castle  -  WINDSOR Bus Station
Rerouted between Addiscombe and West Croydon via East Croydon Station
Dartford (DT) allocation added

13.06.81
DT
SMA
--
--
 
NF
--
--
?
 
WR
SMA
SMA
SMA

WINDSOR  -  DARTFORD ( Daily )  -  GRAVESEND ( Sun )
Mon-Sat withdrawn between Dartford and Gravesend

16.05.82
DT
--
--
--
 
NF
SMA
SMA
?
 
WR
SMA
SMA
SMA

WINDSOR  -  DARTFORD ( Daily )  -  GRAVESEND ( Daily journeys )
Certtain journeys extended from Dartford to Gravesend

29.10.84
DT
--
--
--
 
NF
SMA
SMA
?
 
WR
SMA
SMA
SMA

WINDSOR CASTLE  -  Slough  -  Langley  -  Colnbrook Village  - Heathrow  -  Cargo Tunnel  -  Ashford  -  Sunbury  -  Hampton Court  -  Kingston  -  Croydon  -  Bromley  -  Bexleyheath  -  Crayford  -  Dartford  -  Swanscombe  -  Northfleet  -  GRAVESEND Clock Tower
Rerouted between Heathrow and Windsor via Colnbrook and Slough instead of M4
Rerouted via Bexleyheath Town Centre instead of Bourne Road
Extended from Dartford to Gravesend at all times

SMA10

SMA10 Windsor Castle stand

Jeff Lloyd Collection

27.07.85
DT
?
?
?
 
NF
?
?
?
 
WR
sd
sd
sd

WINDSOR CASTLE  -  DARTFORD ( Daily )  -  NORTHFLEET GARAGE ( Mon-Fri peak journeys )
Withdrawn between Dartford and Gravesend except for MF peak journeys to NF

12.04.86
DT
sd
sd
sd
 
WR
sd
sd
sd

WINDSOR CASTLE  -  Slough  -  Langley  -  Colnbrook Village  - Heathrow  -  Hatton Cross  -  Hanworth  -  Hampton Hill  -  Hampton Court  -  Kingston  -  Croydon  -  Bromley  -  Bexleyheath  -  Crayford  -  DARTFORD
Diverted between Heathrow and Hampton Court via Route 285 instead of Ashford and Sunbury
Withdrawn between Dartford and Northfleet ( NF allocation withdrawn )

25.04.87
DT
sd
sd
sd
 
WR
sd
sd
sd

 

WINDSOR St Leonards Road  -  Slough  -  Langley  -  Colnbrook Village  - Heathrow  -  Terminal 4  -  Hatton Cross  -  Hanworth  -  Hampton Hill  -  Hampton Court  -  Kingston  -  Croydon  -  Bromley  -  Bexleyheath  -  Crayford  -  DARTFORD
Windsor terminus changed

01.10.89
DT
sd
sd
sd
 
WR
sd
sd
sd

WINDSOR St Leonards Road  -  Slough  -  Langley  -  Colnbrook Village  - Heathrow  -  Hatton Cross  -  Hanworth  -  Hampton Hill  -  Hampton Court  -  Kingston  -  Croydon  -  Bromley  -  Bexleyheath  -  Crayford  -  DARTFORD
Rerouted within Heathrow via Perimiter Road instead of Cargo Tunnel

21.10.89
DT
sd
sd
sd
 
WR
sd
sd
sd

WINDSOR St Leonards Road  -  Datchet  -  Langley  -  A4  - Heathrow  -  Hatton Cross  -  Hanworth  -  Hampton Hill  -  Hampton Court  -  Kingston  -  Croydon  -  Bromley  -  Bexleyheath  -  Crayford  -  DARTFORD
Rerouted between Harmondsworth and Windsor via A4 and Datchet

snb444 How the might have fallen
SNB444
29.06.91
DT
sd
sd
sd
 
SL
sd
sd
sd
logo Joined LRT network

HEATHROW AIRPORT CENTRAL  - DARTFORD
Withdrawn between Heathrow and Windsor
Joined LRT network and temporary 6 month contract awarded to Luton & District (SL) and Kentish Bus (DT)

29.02.92
WD
DK
DK
DK
 
SM
DK
DK
DK
logo Contract reassigned to
London Coaches Ltd

Allocations at Wandsworth (WD) and Swanscombe (SM)

808

DK8 seen here at Home Gardens Dartford

© Jeff Lloyd

28.09.96
SM
12DK
12DK
10DK

Wandsworth (WD) allocation withdrawn

1995 map
 
04.04.98
CS
DK
DK
DK
SB
DK
DK
dk
Contract reassigned

DARTFORD Home Gardens  -  HEATHROW AIRPORT CENTRAL
DARTFORD terminus changed
operated from West Drayton (CS) and Belvedere (SB)

726 Note the blind has a very precise Home Gardens as a qualifier for Dartford
26.06.98
CS
DK
DK
DK
CB
DK
DK
DK

BELVEDERE (SB) allocation transferred to new base at Crayford (CB)

27.02.99
CS
DK
DK
DK
CX
DK
DK
DK

BROMLEY SOUTH STATION  -  Kingston  -  Teddington  -  Feltham Station  -  HEATHROW CENTRAL
Withdrawn between Bromley and Dartford
Rerouted via Feltham Station instead of Harlington Road East
Crayford allocation moved to Croydon (CX)

08.01.00
CS
DK
DK
DK
CX
DK
DK
DK
tgm Contract novated to TGM

04.03.00
CS
4sd
4sd
4sd
TP
2sd
2sd
2sd

Contract renewal with new buses
Croydon (CX) moved to Peckham (TP) with closure of Croydon (CX))

29.04.00
TF
4sd
4sd
4sd
TP
2sd
2sd
2sd

West Drayton (CS) allocation moved to Fulwell (TF)

13.05.00
TF71+
6sd
6sd
6sd

Peckham (TP) allocation withdrawn

726

w907 Heathrow

© Ian Armstrong

15.04.05
Last day of operation, replaced by New X26
Current times for Route

Garages

NF Northfleet
Changeover point  with coaches running out of service from Northfleet Garage to take up service from Gravesend, Clock Tower.
Some early journeys would start at NF and continue direct to Windsor.

DT Dartford
Changeover point ?

WR Windsor
Changeover point at garage

SM Swanscombe
Changeover point at garage

SB Belvedere
Changeover point at ?

CB Crayford
Changeover point at ?

CX Croydon
Changeover point at ?

TP Peckham
Changeover point at ?

WD Wandsworth
Changeover point at ?

TF Fulwell
Changeover point at Apex Corner

CS West Drayton
Changeover point at garage ?

SL Slough
Changeover point at ?