Route History

22.10.52
AM
27RTL
20RTL
10RTL
 
P
34RT
29RT
9RT

CAMDEN TOWN - Gt Portland Street - Oxford Circus - Charing Cross - Westminster - Elephant - Old Kent Road - New Cross, Deptford Broadway - Blackheath - Charlton - Woolwich - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Suns)
Renumbered from 53A.

RTL460 seen on 2nd July 1953

© Alan B Cross

04.05.55
AM
26RT
20RT
15RT
 
P
30RT
27RT
4RT

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -  PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
RTL type at AM replaced by RT.

17.10.56
AM
25RT
16RT
14RT
 
P
30RT
26RT
7RT

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - Wickham Lane - King Harolds Way - Bedonwell Road - Carlton Road - ERITH  (Suns)
Sunday extended from Plumstead Garage via 122A to Erith.

30.04.58
AM
24RT
16RT
24RT
times below
P
30RT+
26RT
13RT
    1RT/13    


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26.11.58
AM
22RT
17RT
7RT
 
NX
29RT
25RT
13RT

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  - ERITH ( Suns )
Old Kent Road (P) closure - allocation transferred to New Cross (NX)

 

 

RT2048 is seen in
Great Portland Street - note the UPPER CASE blind

 

08.05.63
AM
23RT
19RT
6RT
 
NX
29RT
20RT
11RT

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD GARAGE (Suns)
Withdrawn between Plumstead Garage and Erith - 122A re-introduced.

01.07.64
AM
16RT
9RT
--
 
NX
36RT
29RT
16RT

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Sunday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

23.01.66
AM
16RT
11RT
8RT
 
NX
36RT
23RT
11RT

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Sunday Plumstead (AM) re-introduced.

01.07.67
AM
15RM
10RM
8RM
 
NX
34RT
19RT
10RT

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Plumstead (AM) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

RT4195 Blackheath

© Malcolm Allan

01.09.67
AM
15RM
10RM
8RM
 
NX
34RM
19RM
10RM

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
New Cross (NX) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

23.08.69
AM
8RM
--
7RM
 
NX
41RM
26RM
10RM

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Saturday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

24.01.70
NX
49RM
26RM
17RM

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

16.01.71
NX
50RM+
26RM
17RM
    1RM/141    

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Crosslinked Route 171 replaced by 141

17.04.71
NX
50RM+
26RM
17RM
    1RM/171    

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Crosslinked Route 141 replaced by 171

26.01.75
NX
50RM+
23RM
16RM
    1RM/151    

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Crosslinked Route 171 replaced by 151

08.01.77
NX1+
48MD
23MD
16MD

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Scania double deck replace RM type.
Diverted westbound at Blackheath from Charlton Way via Prince Charles Road and Shooters Hill Road

31.10.81
NX1+
48RM
23RM
16RM

CAMDEN TOWN - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STATION ( Suns and garage journeys )
Sunday Route diverted at Plumstead Common to new PD garage.
MD type replaced by RM
- MD'S were transferred to Plumstead (AM)

27.10.84
NX1+
43RM
25RM
14RM

PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (Mon-Sat,) Kentish Town - CAMDEN TOWN (Suns) - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STATION (Suns)
Mon-Sat extended from Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields replacing withdrawn section of Route 3.

RM29 Trafalgar Square

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03.08.85
NX1+
30RM
15RM
13RM
 
PD241+
13RM
10RM
6RM

PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (Mon-Sat ) - CAMDEN TOWN (Suns) - PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat ) - PLUMSTEAD STATION (Suns)
Daily Plumstead (PD) allocation added.

RM1727 appears a little scruffy this Sunday in Camden Town. Out as PD243 on route 53, it's scheduled for a through run to Plumstead Station then back home to Plumstead garage.

© Malcolm Allan

RM194 is seen on the stand at Parliament Hill Fields off Highgate Road. On the roster as NX4 on route 53, a brand new Optare with London Country North West from a base in Muswell Hill is out on the C2, introduced on this day, can be seen also waiting in the rain. These two routes could be seen side-by-side at this location for just two weeks before the 53 was cut back to Camden Town. 
© Malcolm Allan
04.04.87
NX1+
24RM
17RM
11RM
 
PD241+
14RM
8RM
5RM

OXFORD CIRCUS - PLUMSTEAD COMMON - PLUMSTEAD STN (garage jnys)
Withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Parliament Hill Fields - this section replaced by new minibus Route C2


16.01.88
NX1+
17T
20T
13T
 
PD241+
28L
10L
6L

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
Converted to double deck one person operation.

19.11.88
NX1+
7T
12T
--
 
PD241+
38L
23L
26L

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
Sunday New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

27.04.91
NX1+
--
11T
--
 
PD241+
48L
23L
26L

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
Mon-Fri New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

19.06.93
PD241+
42L
27L
18L

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

1998
PD241+
45VN
27VN
24VN

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
Vehicle type change to Volvo

VN113 Trafalgar Square
2001
PD241+
49TA
27TA
24TA

CaMDEN TOWN  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON ( Mon-Sat )  -PLUMSTEAD GARAGE ( Suns )
Converted to low floor double deck operation.

01.07.02
PD241+
49TA
27TA
24TA
 
BT
M
--
--

OXFORD CIRCUS  -  PLUMSTEAD COMMON  -  PLUMSTEAD STATION ( garage journeys )
Mon-Fri additional peak Route introduced between Elephant & Castle and New Cross Sainsbury's worked by Titans from Blue Triangle

 

M27 (Blue Triangle) helps out
New Kent Road - Blue Triangle's impeccable eye to detail has failed here on the intermediate blind

 

15.02.03
PD241+
32TA
27TA
17TA

TRAFALGAR SQUARE - PLUMSTEAD COMMON - PLUMSTEAD STATION (garage jnys)
Withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus - replaced by new bendy bus Route 453

29.07.06
PD241+
27TA
27TA
17TA
Contract renewal

30.07.11
PD241+
27E
27E
17E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

TRAFALGAR SQUARE - PLUMSTEAD COMMON - PLUMSTEAD STATION (garage jnys)
Contract renewal with new Enviro buses


17.01.15
PD241+
26E
26E
19E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  LAMBETH NORTH  --  WHITEHALL Horse Guards ( nights )
Withdrawn between Lambeth North and Whitehall although the night service continued to Whitehall

12369 Bricklayers Arms / New Kent Road
Taken from Greater London Bus Map 36, July 2017
Drawn by © Mike Harris
23.07.16
PD241+
26E
26E
19E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  WHITEHALL Horse Guards
Contract renewal
Daytime service restored to Whitehall

24.04.17
PD241+
31E
27E
21E
Night service
PD301+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  -  LAMBETH NORTH  --  WHITEHALL Horse Guards ( nights )
Withdrawn between Lambeth North and Whitehall although the night service continued to Whitehall

02.09.17
PD241+
31E
27E
21E
Night service
PD301+
6E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  - WHITEHALL
Service restored between Lambeth North and Whitehall

15.06.19
PD241+
31E
27E
21E

PLUMSTEAD  - COUNTY HALL
Day service withdrawn between County Hall and Whitehall, night service remains unchanged but renumbered N53

Operating Garages

AM Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

PD Plumstead
Changeover point at garage

NX New Cross
Changeover point at garage

P Old Kent Road
Changeover point at garage

 

Live Visual

 

 

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© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Thursday, 27.08.20