Route History

 

History in brief before 1934 ( kindly researched by Roland Wilcox )

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
B
21NS
16NS
12NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
20NS

CAMDEN TOWN - Chalk Farm - Swiss Cottage - Kilburn - Westbourne Park - Notting Hill Gate - Kensington - Earl,s Court - CHELSEA Stanley Arms

Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

13.02.35
B
21NS
16NS
12NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
14NS
 
J
--
--
6NS

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
Sunday Holloway (J) allocation introduced

02.10.35
B
22NS
16NS
16NS
 
CF
12NS
17NS
16NS

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
Sunday only Holloway (J) allocation withdrawn

04.08.37
B
22STL
16STL
16STL
 
CF
12STL
17STL
16STL

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
STL type introduced

13.02.46
B
21STL
8STL
8STL
 
CF
7STL
17STL
11STL

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
Times below


03.05.50
B
16RTL
16RTL
14RTL
 
CF
15RTL
15RTL
6STL
12RTL

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
RTL type introduced

02.05.51
B
19RTW
16RTW
11RTW
 
CF
15RTW
22RTW
15RTW

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
RTL type converted to RTW.

 

 

 

RTW495 Kensington Church - note the 270 opposite

 

 


30.04.58
B
16RTW
16RTW
9RTW
 
CF
14RTW
21RTW
16RTW

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01.11.65
B
14RTL
16RTL
11RTL
 
CF
13RTL
20RTL
7RTL

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
RTW type converted to RTL.

 

RTL476 seen at the Stanley Arms stand in Chelsea


01.03.67
B
16RT
14RT
11RT
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RT

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
RTL type converted to RT

 

RT2294 Maida Hill

 


07.09.68
B
17RT
14RT
11RT
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RT

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms


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15.02.69
B
16RT
14RT
7RM
 
CF
8RT
13RT
7RM

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
Sunday RT converted to RM.

07.02.70
B
17RT
14RT
7RM
 
CF
8RT
13RM
9RM

CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

Saturday RM's introduced at Chalk Farm
17.06.72
B
17RM
13RM
7RM
 
CF
8RM
13RM
9RM

CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

Daily converted to RM.
05.01.74
B
17RM
12RM
7RM
 
CF
8RM
13RML
11RML


CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

CF converted to RML weekends (spare from 24)

19.10.75
B
17RM
12RM
7RM
 
CF
8RM
13RM
11RM


CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

Chalk Farm (CF) reverted to RM operation

 

RM595

RM595 Kensington High Street

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28.10.78
B31+
9RM
9RM
5RM
 
CF
11RM
10RM
10RM
    +1RM/3    



CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

BUS PLAN 2


04.09.82
X151+
17RM
14RM
8RM


CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

B & CF allocations transferred to X


07.02.87
HT
7RM
--
--
 
X
9RM
14RM
9RM

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Stanley Arms
Monday-Friday HT allocation introduced

21.11.87
CF
--
--
10T
 
HT
5RM
--
--
 
X
11RM
14RM
--


CAMDEN TOWN
- CHELSEA Stanley Arms

Sunday converted to One Man Operation
Sunday llocation transferred from X to CF.


15.04.89
X
25MA
23MA
11MA

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Worlds End
Converted to Minibus operation.

MA5 Bradleys Corner

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18.07.92
X
26DW
24DW
20DW

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Worlds End
MA type replaced by DW

DW31 Worlds End

DW15 leaving the Chelsea stand

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01.06.98
X
30DM
24DM
23DM

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Worlds End
DW type replaced by DM

 

DM216 Kilburn Park Station
 


29.05.99
X
22DM
22DM
20DM

CAMDEN TOWN - NOTTING HILL GATE
Withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Chelsea - withdrawn section replaced by new 328 Golders Green and Chelsea.

 

DM41220 Bradley's Corner

 


01.05.04
X
20DM
20DM
19DM
Contract renewal

05.06.04
X
18VNW
18VNW
18VNW

CAMDEN TOWN - NOTTING HILL GATE
Converted to low floor double deck operation.

VNW32369 Pembridge Villas


02.12.06
X
23VNW
23VNW
22VNW

CAMDEN TOWN - Notting Hill Gate - Holland Park Avenue - SHEPHERDS BUSH GREEN
Extended from Notting Hill Gate to Shepherds Bush Green via Route 94

0
TN33198 Westbourne Grove

29.11.08
X
23VNW
23VNW
22VNW

CAMDEN TOWN - Notting Hill Gate - Holland Park Avenue - Shepherds Bush - Link Road - WHITE CITY  Westfields Bus Station
Extended from Shepherds Bush to new White City Bus Station


30.04.11
X
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

CAMDEN TOWN  - WHITE CITY Bus Station
Contract renewal

01.10.11
AS
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

CAMDEN TOWN  - WHITE CITY Bus Station

Allocation moved to new base at Harlesden - Atlas Road

22.06.13
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW
Contract novated to Tower Transit

VNW32372 Shepherds Bush Interchange

© Jack Marian


03.05.14
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
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30.05.16
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW


CAMDEN TOWN  - WHITE CITY Bus Station

Contract extended for two years

01.07.17
X
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW


CAMDEN TOWN  - WHITE CITY Bus Station

Atlas Road closed operationally, allocation moved to Westboure Park (X)

28.04.18
PA201+
20VW
20VW
19VW
Contract reassigned to Metroline

VW1404 Shepherds Bush

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23.06.18
PA201+
15VMH
15VMH
15VMH

CAMDEN TOWN  -  WHITE CITY Bus Station
Mon-Fri frequency cut from 8bph to 6bph

05.03.22
WJ
15VMH
15VMH
15VMH

CAMDEN TOWN  -  WHITE CITY Bus Station
Allocation moved from Perivale (PA) to Willesden Junction (WJ)

PROPOSAL FOR 2023

Withdrawn

Camden Town to Swiss Cottage section replaced by Revised 189
Swiss Cottage to White City section replaced by Revised 113

 

Current Blind



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Operating Garages

WJ Willesden Junction
Changeover point White City

PA Perivale
Changeover point White City

HT Holloway
Changeover point Camden Town.

CF Chalk Farm
Changeover point Camden Town.

X Westbourne Park
Changeover point outside garage.

B Battersea
Changeover point Chelsea stand.

AS Atlas Road - Harlesden
Changeover point Westbourne Park Station

Personal Comment:

This route was known as the wall of death to the crews. The timing was tight and the twists and turns made it hard work for a conductor. The steering was very heavy on the RTW so I would imagine the drivers' lot was not a good one.

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Saturday, 04.06.22