Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
01.10.50
WD
25RT
27RT
18RT

LONDON BRIDGE STATION - Southwark Bridge Road - St Georges Circus - Vauxhall - Nine Elms Lane - Battersea - Wandsworth - Earlsfield - Tooting - MITCHAM Three Kings
New Route replacing Tram #12 and Trolleybus Route 612

08.04.51
WD
27RTL
27RTL
18RTL

RT allocation converted to RTL - the RT stock moving to Thornton Heath (TH) for tram replacement

05.02.52
WD
25RTL
27RTL
18RTL

LONDON BRIDGE - MITCHAM Cricketers
The stand at Mitcham changed from Three Kings to Cricketers.

Taken from 1953 Red Book

30.04.58
WD
22RTL
26RTL
10RTL
    +1RTL/170    

Extracted from 1958 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map


26.11.58
WD
20RTL
24RTL
12RTL

LONDON BRIDGE - MITCHAM (Monday-Saturday) - Hackbridge Corner - Carshalton Station - WALLINGTON (Sundays)
Sunday extended from Tooting to Wallington replacing withdrawn section of Route 77B

 

RTL598 London Bridge stand

 


09.10.63
WD
20RTL
24RTL
14RTL

POPLAR Blackwall Tunnel (Sundays) - Limehouse - Stepney - Aldgate - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - MITCHAM (Monday-Saturday) - WALLINGTON (Sundays)
Sunday extended from London Bridge to Blackwall Tunnel


18.11.64
WD
20RTL
24RTL
14RTL

POPLAR (Sundays) - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - MITCHAM
Sunday projection from Mitcham to Wallington withdrawn - replaced by Route 115A

01.10.66
WD
20RT
24RT
14RT

RTL allocation replaced by RT.

31.12.66
WD
20RT
21RT
11RT

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday/Sunday evenings) - POPLAR (Sundays except evenings)
Sunday evenings withdrawn between London Bridge and Poplar

28.10.67
WD
21RT
21RT
11RT

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - POPLAR (Sunday market hours)
Sunday projection to Poplar restricted to market hours only

16.01.71
WD
21RT
14RT
9RT

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Withdrawn between Aldgate & Poplar.

RT1978 Aldgate Minories Bus Station

 

RT1978 Aldgate Bus Station stand

 


17.06.72
WD
22DMS
14DMS
9DMS

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Converted to OPO operation.


19.10.74
WD
22DMS
17DMS
9DMS

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Increased Saturday allocation

31.03.79
SW81+
7DMS
7DMS
2DMS
 
WD31+
15DMS
7DMS
7DMS

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
SW allocation introduced.


25.04.81
SW81+
7DMS
--
3DMS
 
WD31+
15DMS
13DMS
5DMS

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Saturday SW allocation withdrawn.

DMS1694

M894 London Bridge

busmap.co.uk


04.09.82
SW81+
--
--
3DMS
 
WD31+
20DMS
12DMS
5DMS

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Monday-Friday SW allocation withdrawn.

23.11.83
SW81+
--
--
3DMS
 
WD31+
20M
12M
5M

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Wandsworth (WD) allocation converted to Metrobus

M942 seen at Vauxhall

busmap.co.uk


27.04.85
SW81+
--
--
3D
 
WD31+
17M
12M
5M

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)
Commencing August 1984 comparative testing was carried out on Route 170 using Leyland Olympians (L) and these were put to use on Route 44 onSundays as the 170 did not run on that day


11.07.87
A141+
--
--
8D
 
AL261+
17D
12D
8D

MITCHAM - LONDON BRIDGE (
Monday-Saturday) - ALDGATE (Sunday market hours)

WD garage closed - allocation transferred to A (Sun) AL (Daily)

26.11.88
AL261+
17D
12D
14D

ALDGATE (Suns market hours)- LONDON BRIDGE (Monday-Saturday/Sun pm) - MITCHAM Cricketers (Monday-Saturday) - SUTTON STATION (Sundays)
Sunday extended from Mitcham to Sutton replacing Route 280 which was withdrawn on this day

DMS2628 London Bridge

 

DMS2628 (AL) London Bridge - it is odd that the Sutton allocation was withdrawn when the route was extended to Sutton

 


25.05.91
AL261+
11M
11M
8M

VAUXHALL - TOOTING STATION Longley Road
Vauxhall to London Bridge replaced by Route 344 London Bridge & Clapham Junction.


22.07.00
AL261+
14PVL
15PVL
10PVL

VAUXHALL - TOOTING STATION Longley Road
Converted to low floor dd.

03.06.06
AL261+
14PVL
15PVL
10PVL

VAUXHALL - TOOTING STATION Longley Road
Contract renewal with London General

PVL128 waits at Vauxhall with a TA on the 156 behind

11.11.06
AL261+
16PVL
15PVL
12PVL

VICTORIA STATION - Buckingham Palace Road - Ebury Bridge Road - Chelsea Bridge Road - Queenstown Road - Battersea Park Road - Battersea - Wandsworth - Earlsfield -
TOOTING STATION
Rerouted at Battersea via Chelsea Bridge to Victoria.

PVL85 Chelsea Bridge

 

 

PVL85 about to cross Chelsea Bridge

 

04.06.11
AL261+
16PVL
15PVL
12PVL

VICTORIA - TOOTING STATION Longley Road
Contract extended for two years


01.06.13
AL261+
16PVL
15PVL
12PVL

Contract renewal for 5 years

02.06.18
AL261+
20WSD
16WSD
10WSD

Contract renewal with new buses

WSD5 Chelsea Bridge Road - © Bexleybus WSD10 Battersea - © London Bus Explorer

Taken from 2018 map drawn by Mike Harris
Greater London Bus Map

 

 

 

 

Operating Garages

A Sutton
Changeover point Sutton Green

SW Stockwell
Changeover at VAUXHALL STATION

WD Wandsworth
Changeover outside garage

AL Merton
Changeover at TOOTING BROADWAY