Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
M
--
6LT
--
 
R
5LT+
--
8LT
 
1LT/74
--
--
S
--
4LT
--

PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION - Putney High Street - Putney Heath - Roehampton - Kingston Vale - Kingston Hill - Norbiton - KINGSTON

Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
05.06.35
R
5LT+
--
6LT
 
1LT/74
--
--
S
8LT
--

Saturday only Mortlake (M) allocation replaced by increase at Shepherds Bush (S)

02.10.35
AF
--
--
9NS
 
M
--
5LT
--
 
R
5LT+
--
--
 
1LT/25
1LT/74
--
--
S
--
5LT
--

Saturday only Mortlake (M) reintroduced
Sunday Riverside (R) replaced by new Chelverton Road (AF)

30.10.35
AF
--
--
9NS
 
R
5LT+
5LT
--
 
1LT/25
1LT/74
--
--
S
--
5LT
--

Saturday only Mortlake (M) replaced by Riverside (R)

04.03.36
AF
--
5STL
8STL
 
R
5LT+
5LT
--
 
1LT/25
1LT/74
--
--

Saturday onlyShepherds Bush (S) replaced by Chelverton Road (AF)

07.10.36
F
--
--
5STL
 
R
5LT+
8LT
--
 
1LT/25
1LT/74
--
--

Weekend Chelverton Road (AF) withdrawn
Sunday only Putney Bridge (F) introduced

24.03.37
R
5LT+
8LT
6LT
    1LT/25
1LT/74
   

Sunday only Putney Bridge (F) replaced by Riverside (R)

06.10.37
F
6STL+
8STL
5STL
    1LT/74    

Riverside (R) replaced by Putney Bridge (F)

13.04.38
AF
--
4STL
--
F
6STL+
4STL
5STL
    1STL/14    

Saturday only Chelverton Road (AF) introduced

04.05.38
F
6STL+
8STL
6STL
    1STL/14    

Saturday only Chelverton Road (AF) withdrawn

11.06.41
F
6RT
10RT
10RT

RT type introduced

05.05.48
F
10STL
12STL
10STL

Reverted to STL

03.05.50
F
10RTW
10RTW
4RT
10RTW

RTW type introduced

02.05.51
F
10RT
14RT
10RT

RTW replaced by RT.

17.10.51
F
10RT
14RT
10RTW

RTW re-introduced on Sundays.

 

 

RTW108 seen in Kingston as the overhead wiring shows. The Flame of Calcutta is showing at the cinema. This film was released in 1953 therefore this must be a rogue working

 

14.05.52
F
10RT
14RT
10RT

RTW re-replaced by RT on Sundays.

16.03.55
F
7RTL
10RTL
9RTL
 
NB
5RT
4RT
--

Mon-Sat Norbiton (NB) allocation introduced.

02.05.56
F
7RTL
10RTL
9RTL
 
NB
5RT
4RT
4RT

Sunday Norbiton (NB) allocation added

30.04.58
F
7RTL
10RTL
6RTL
 
NB
5RT
4RT
5RT

Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
26.11.58
AF
9RTL
10RTL
--
 
NB
5RT
4RT
--

Sunday Route withdrawn - replaced by extended Route 14.
Putney Bridge Garage (F) closed - allocation transferred to near by Chelverton Road (AF)
Rerouted via Alton Road both ways.

08.05.63
AF
7RTL
8RTW
--
 
NB
5RT
2RT
--

Saturday RTW re-introduced.

14.08.63
AF
7RM
12RM
--
 
NB
5RM
2RM
--

Routemasters introduced at both garages.

 

RM1612 Kingston Hill

 


09.10.63
AF
7RM
12RM
--
 
NB
5RM
--
--

Saturday Norbiton (NB) allocation withdrawn.

07.09.68
AF
9RM
13RM
--
 
K
3RM
--
--

Norbiton (NB) allocation transferred to Kingston (K)
I think this was a move to make conductors that were used to the easy life on the Surrey RF Roads resign - opinions welcome

30.10.68
AF
9RM
13RM
--
 
NB
3RM
--
--

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Kingston (K) allocation transferred to Norbiton (NB)

18.04.70
AF
12RM
13RM
--

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Norbiton (NB) allocation withdrawn

22.08.70
AF
12RM
13RM
--

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Certain Monday-Saturday journeys diverted via Telegraph Inn


02.01.71
AF
13SMS
13SMS
6SMS

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Sunday service introduced, Route 14 withdrawn between Putney and Kingston
CONVERTED TO ONE PERSON OPERATION - single deck.

 

 

SMS328 Putney Bridge - performing a shuttle service between Alton Road and Putney

 


05.02.72
AF
14DMS
13DMS
6DMS

SMS converted to double deck DMS.

25.01.75
AF
12DMS
12DMS
6DMS

 

DMS304 Green Man, Putney Heath
December 1975

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07.08.76
AF
13DMS
12DMS
7DMS

DMS303 on a Telegraphi Inn working

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28.10.78
AF
9DMS
11DMS
7DMS

Schedule change, Busplan 2

30.06.79
AF51+
9DMS
11DMS
8DMS

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Telegraph Inn journeys transferred to Route 85A.

25.04.81
AF51+
9DMS
11DMS
8DMS

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Certain Mon-Sat journeys diverted via Telegraph Inn.

04.09.82
AF51+
5DMS
7DMS
--
 
NB31+
6M+
10M
6M
    1M/131+1M/213A    

Daily Norbiton (NB) allocation re-introduced.
Sunday Putney (AF) allocation withdrawn.

29.01.83
AF51+
5DMS
5DMS
--
 
NB31+
7M
10M
6M

 

 

M57 (NB) Putney Bridge Station
August 1983

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26.02.83
AF51+
5DMS
5DMS
--
 
NB31+
7M
10M
5M

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Putney (AF) allocation converted to Metrobus operation

LS186 Putney Heath, Green Man
August 1983

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03.08.85
AF51+
5M
4M
--
 
NB31+
7M
8M
4M

Rerouted s/b in Roehamton to double run via Bessborough Rd and Alton Road.

 

M19 with the yellow blind showing that this was a Telegraph Inn bifurcation
June 1987

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27.06.87
NB31+
11D
13D
4D

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Route transferred to Kingston Bus
Putney (AF) allocation withdrawn.

DMS714 Kingston Bus livery at Kingston

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01.04.89
NB51+
11D
13D
4D
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

M1270 Putney Heath

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29.09.90
WY
11dd
10dd
5dd
Contract awarded to London & Country (WY)

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Monday-Saturday journeys via Telegraph Inn withdradrawn.

 

 

Volvo Citibus - Northern Counties 622 - Putney Bridge stand

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25.05.91
WY
11dd
10dd
5dd

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Rerouted southbound direct at Roehampton instead of Alton East Estate.

London & Country 610 at Norbiton

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26.07.97
LH41+
11DFD
10DFD
6DFD

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Re-allocated from Addlestone to Leatherhead.

 

Northern Counties Palatine ll DFD1

 

29.06.98
FW
11DN
10DN
6DN

Re-allocated from Leatherhead to Fulwell (outstation of LH)

04.09.99
FW51+
11DN
10DN
8DN
Contract reassigned
25.05.91
WY
11dd
10dd
5dd

KINGSTON  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Contract awarded to London United (FW)

29.06.02
AF1+
12WVL
11WVL
8WVL
Contract re-assigned to London General

03.04.04
AF1+
12WVL
11WVL
8WVL
Night Service
AF221+
2WVL
2WVL
2WVL

N85 renumbered 85 - thus now 24hr Route

 

WVL20 Fairfield Bus Station - Kingston

 


16.02.08
AF1+
15WVL
14WVL
10WVL
Night Service
AF221+
2WVL
2WVL
2WVL

Daytime Route revised to stand in Kingston Hall Road instead of Fairfield Bus Station

13.10.08
AF1+
15WVL
14WVL
10WVL
Night Service
AF221+
2WVL
2WVL
2WVL

Three VE types added to allocation

 

 

Volvo AD Enviro VE2 at Putney Bridge

 


04.07.09
AF1+
15WVL
14WVL
10WVL
Night Service
AF221+
3WVL
3WVL
3WVL

KINGSTON Kingston Hall Road  -  PUTNEY BRIDGE STATION ( Daily )
Contract renewal.
Terminal arrangements altered at Kingston so that buses withdrawn from Fairfield Bus Station and extended in service via Wheatfield Way - Clarence Street - Eden Street - High Street to terminate in Kingston Hall Road

05.07.14
AF1+
15WVL
14WVL
10WVL
Night Service
AF221+
3WVL
3WVL
3WVL

Contract extended for two years

02.07.16
TV201+
15VH
15VH
11VH
Night Service
TV231+
3VH
3VH
3VH
Contract reassigned

Running numbers were used from departing Route 57

VH45165 picks up at Putney Bridge Station on a drizzly day
March 2018

© Ian Armstrong

 

 

Operating Garages

F Putney Bridge
Changeover point Putney Church

AF Chelverton Road - Putney
Changeover point at Putney Station.

NB Norbiton
Changeover point at Gordon Road.

K Kingston
Changeover point at Bus Station.

FW Fulwell
Changeover point at KINGSTON Bus Station or buses run light to garage.

M Mortlake
Changeover point not known
but would guess at Railway Hotel - Putney as crews could return to garage via 37

S Shepherds Bush
Changeover point not known
but would guess at Putney Bridge Station as crews could return to garage via 630 TB

R Riverside
Changeover point not known
but would guess at Railway Hotel - Putney as crews could return to garage via 37

WY Addlestone
Changeover point at Kingston Bus Station.

LH Leatherhead
Changeover point at Kingston Bus Station.

TV Tolworth
Changeover point at Kingston stand

 

 

 
 

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Both books contain comprehensive timetable information for Route 85

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Wednesday, 25.09.19