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
The Greater London Bus Map

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Sunday only Holloway (J) allocation withdrawn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 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

RML2204 Kensington High Street

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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.


18.07.92
X
26DW
24DW
20DW

CAMDEN TOWN - CHELSEA Worlds End
MA type replaced by DW


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.


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

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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

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03.05.14
AS801+
24VNW
25VNW
24VNW

Extracted from 2014 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

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+
15VW
15VW
15VW

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

 

 

 

Operating Garages

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.