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

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    


Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List

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

Old Kent Road (P) closure - allocation transferred to New Cross (NX)

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

This image available with the RT.RTL.RTW download at Bus Photos

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Withdrawn between Plumstead Garage and Erith - 122A re-introduced.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

Sunday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

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

Sunday Plumstead (AM) re-introduced.

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

Plumstead (AM) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

RT4195 Blackheath

© Malcolm Allan

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

New Cross (NX) allocation converted to Routemaster operation.

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

Saturday Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.

24.01.70
NX
49RM
26RM
17RM

Plumstead (AM) allocation withdrawn.


08.01.77
NX1+
48MD
23MD
16MD

Scania double deck replace RM type.
Rerouted in Blackheath

MD144 seen in New Kent Road ?

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31.10.81
NX1+
48RM
23RM
16RM

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

RM1592 Camden Gardens stand
27.10.84
NX1+
43RM
25RM
14RM

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MS extended from Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields replacing withdrawn section of Route 3.

RM1758 loads in General Gordon Place - Woolwich

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

PARLIAMENT HILL FIELDS (MS,) Kentish Town - 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

Converted to double deck one person operation.

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

Sunday New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

 

 

T739 outside Canada House

 

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

Mon-Fri New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

19.06.93
PD241+
42L
27L
18L

New Cross (NX) allocation withdrawn.

1998
PD241+
45VN
27VN
24VN

Vehicle type change to Volvo

VN113 Trafalgar Square

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2001
PD241+
49TA
27TA
24TA

Converted to low floor double deck operation.

Trident 17835 seen in the corridor of power - still with the unique ultimate destination which was later to become a plain Plumstead Station

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

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

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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

Contract renewal with new Enviro buses

Trident Enviro 19822 Thomas Street Woolwich
Scania Omnicity 15036 Woolwich Arsenal Station
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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+
7E
7E
7E

PLUMSTEAD  - WHITEHALL
Service restored between Lambeth North and Whitehall

 

 

 

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

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2019
Date of edit   Thursday, 04.04.19