Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
C
27NS
27NS
25NS

BROMLEY BY BOW Edgar Road   Blackwall Tunnel - East Greenwich - Westcombe Hill - Blackheath - Lewisham - Catford - Lower Sydenham - West Hill - CRYSTAL PALACE
Renumbered from 108A - 108B and 108E

Taken from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
busmap.co.uk

28.05.37
C
25STL
25STL
27STL

BROMLEY BY BOW  -  CRYSTAL PALACE
NS type replaced by STL type

19.04.44
C
19STL
#25STL
18STL

BROMLEY BY BOW  -  CRYSTAL PALACE 
#Saturday joint allocation with Route 108A introduced

13.02.46
C
#28STL
#30STL
18STL

BROMLEY BY BOW  -  CRYSTAL PALACE 
#Mon-Fri joint allocation with Route 108A introduced

07.12.47
C
#29STL
#30STL
#20STL

BROMLEY BY BOW  -  CRYSTAL PALACE 
#Sunday joint allocation with 108A  introduced

 

STL719 Crystal Palace

 


13.04.49
C
#29STL
#28STL
#29STL

BROMLEY BY BOW Edgar Road  -   CRYSTAL PALACE
Timetable below

Taken from Summer 1949 Red Book

06.05.53
C
26STL
10RTL
17STL
17RTL
30RTL

BROMLEY BY BOW Edgar Road  -   CRYSTAL PALACE
RTL type introduced

10.06.53
C
26STL
10RTL
17STL
17RTL
30RTL
 
D
1RF
1RF
1RF

BROMLEY by BOW Edgar Road, High Street Bromley by Bow (return via St Leonard's Street, Bruce Road to Edgar Road), Devons Road, Devas Street, BROMLEY by BOW Devas Street (return via St Leonard's Street, Marner Street).
BROMLEY BY BOW STN -- CRYSTAL PALACE
Double deck service temporarily suspended between Bromley Station and Edgar Road because of bridge works. This also occurred in 1967 but full details not known
Full details click here

17.03.54
C
31RTL
33RTL
30RTL

BROMLEY BY BOW Edgar Road  --  CRYSTAL PALACE
STL type withdrawn


 

 

RTL1013 Crystal Palace

 


30.04.58
C
28RTL
29RTL
28RTL


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


12.10.60
C
19RTL
29RTL
24RTL

BROMLEY BY BOW - LOWER SYDENHAM ( Mon-Fri ) - CRYSTAL PALACE ( Sat/Sun )
Mon-Fri service withdrawn between Lower Sydenham and Crystal Palace - replaced by new 108B

The driver of RTL535 has just finished finding the correct destination on his periscope

10.05.61
PR
@19RTL
@29RTL
@24RTL

BROMLEY BY BOW - LOWER SYDENHAM ( Mon-Fri ) - CRYSTAL PALACE ( Sat/Sun )
Atholl Street (C) garage closed - allocation moved to Poplar (PR)
@ Joint with 108A

RTL1438 Bow

Part of Jeff Lloyd collection


31.12.66
PR
@12RTL
@16RTL
@9RTL
    +1RTL/PLA    

BROMLEY BY BOW - LOWER SYDENHAM ( Mon-Fri ) - CRYSTAL PALACE ( Sat/Sun )
@ Joint with 108A
There were no route alterations but as can be seen the PVR has dropped dramatically

May 1967

07.09.68
PR
12RT+
16RT
9RT
    1RT ex PLA    

BROMLEY BY BOW - LOWER SYDENHAM ( Mon-Fri ) - CRYSTAL PALACE ( Sat/Sun )
RTL type replaced by RT

26.10.68
PR
8MB
7MB
5MB

BROMLEY BY BOW - BLACKHEATH Royal Standard
Route withdrawn between Blackheath and Crystal Palace and converted to single deck one person operation

 

 

MB13 emerges from Blackwall Tunnel

 


24.01.70
PR
15MB
11MB
6MB

BROMLEY BY BOW - Poplar - Blackwall Tunnel - Westcombe Hill - Blackheath - Rochester Way - Kidbrooke - ELTHAM CHURCH(Suns) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (M-Sat)
Daily extended from Blackheath to Eltham Church and further extended Mon-Sat to Southend Crescent

The Sunday curtailment at Eltham Church actually doubled back via Sherard Road (dead) to Well Hall Station where there were proper staff facilities - non-existent at Southend Crescent. It caused no hardship at the time to omit a High Street full of closed shops.

27.01.73
PR
15SM
11SM
6SM

BROMLEY BY BOW - ELTHAM CHURCH(Suns) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (Mon-Sat)
MB type replaced by SM type

23.07.77
PR51+
15SM
12SM
5SM

STRATFORD Bus Station (Mon-Sat) - BROMLEY BY BOW (Suns) - ELTHAM CHURCH (Suns) - ELTHAM Southend Crescent (Mon-Sat)
Mon-Sat extended from Bromley By Bow to Stratford

SM9 Eltham High Street

23.04.78
PR51+
12LS
10LS
8LS

STRATFORD Bus Station - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Route amended to run Stratford to Eltham daily - and converted to Leyland National

 

LS144 seen on a garage run

 


02.11.85
BW111+
9LS
8LS
4LS

STRATFORD Bus Station - ELTHAM Southend Crescent
Rerouted at Bow towards Stratford to encircle Bow Church
Poplar (PR) closed - allocation transferred to Bow (BW)

21.06.86
BW111+
12LS
10LS
8LS

STRATFORD Bus Station - Bromley By Bow - Poplar - Blackwall Tunnel - Westcombe Hill - Blackheath - LEWISHAM Bus Station
Rerouted at Blackheath to Lewisham instead of Eltham - the Blackheath to Eltham section replaced by new 286.

LS82 Stratford Broadway

16.01.88
BW111+
11LS
10LS
6LS

WANSTEAD - Leytonstone - Stratford - Bromley By Bow - Poplar - Blackwall Tunnel - Westcombe Hill - Blackheath - LEWISHAM Bus Station
Extended from Stratford to Wanstead replacing part of withdrawn Route 10

25.11.89
MS
11LX
10LX
5LX
logo
New contract

LEWISHAM  -  WANSTEAD
OPERATION TRANSFERRED TO BOROLINE MAIDSTONE

17.02.92
CR
11LX
10LX
5LX
LOGO Contract novated to KB

LEWISHAM  -  WANSTEAD 
OPERATION TRANSFERRED TO KENTISH BUS OPERATED FROM A BASE AT CRAYFORD

25.09.93
CR
11LX
10LX
5LX

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Withdrawn between Stratford and Wanstead - withdrawn section replaced by increased service on Route 257

17.10.93
DT
11LX
10LX
5LX

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Moved to a base at Dartford - Crayford base closed

27.02.94
DT
6LX
5LX
3LX
 
LM
5LX
5LX
2LX

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Part of allocation moved to Lewisham depot

 

Kentish Bus 407 still wears Maidstone livery

 


10.04.94
DT
6B6
5B6
3B6
 
LM
5B6
5B6
2B6

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Volvo B6 single deckers introduced.

 

Dennis Dart 142 at Lewisham in the smart Kentish Bus livery

 


14.08.94
DT
6B6
5B6
3B6
 
CH
5B6
5B6
2B6

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Lewisham allocation transferred to Cambridge Heath.

08.10.94
CH
10B6
10B6
5B6

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Dartford allocation withdrawn.

19.04.97
HB
10XL
10XL
6XL
Contract reassigned

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
OPERATION TRANSFERRED TO HARRIS BUS from a base at Crayford
Withdrawn from Stratheaden Road and Prince of Wales Road Blackheath and instead re-routed at Royal Standard via Vanburgh Park - Charlton Way and Prince Charles Road.
Converted to low floor single deck buses

21.02.98
BV
10XL
10XL
6XL
 
CR
?
?
?

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Belvedere allocation added.

 

Harris 324 Lewisham Bus Station

 


21.11.98
BV
14XL
13XL
6XL
 
CR
?
?
?

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Re-routed via North Greenwich Station site
Re-routed in Blackheath via
Stratheaden Road and Prince of Wales Road instead of Vanburgh Park - Charlton Way and Prince Charles Road.
Buses departing Lewisham Bus Station now leave via Molesworth Street and High Street at all times instead of just shopping times.

25.03.00
BV
14XL
13XL
6XL
 
AG
?
?
?
LOGO Contract reassigned

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Contract reassigned to East Thames Buses

 

Lynx 330 Lewisham

 


29.09.01
BV
14XL
13XL
6XL

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Ash Grove allocation withdrawn.
All night service introduced but numbered N108

Scanned from 2001 leaflet announcing N108

14.11.03
BV71+
14DC
13DC
7DC
 
BV85+
4DC
4DC
4DC

LEWISHAM  -  STRATFORD
Route now 24hr as "N" prefix has been dropped.

DWL13 at O2 with Canary Wharf in the background

25.10.08
BV71+
14DC
13DC
7DC
 
BV301+
3/N1
3/N1
3/N1
 
BV85+
4DC
4DC
4DC


STRATFORD Bus Station - LEWISHAM Bus Station
NORTH GREENWICH STN - LEWISHAM Bus Station >> ( double deck late evening service in this direction only )
The late night double deck journeys which had been operating since 21.09.07 were formalised

PVL178 at North Greenwich

London Buses by Adam


03.10.09
BV71+
14DWL
13DWL
8DWL
 
BV301+
3/N1
3/N1
3/N1
 
BV85+
4DWL
4DWL
4DWL
Contract reassigned to London General

STRATFORD Bus Station - LEWISHAM Bus Station
NORTH GREENWICH STN - LEWISHAM Bus Station >> ( double deck late evening service in this direction only )
The late night double deck journeys which had been operating since 21.09.07 were formalised

DWL32 Lewisham Station

 


01.05.10
NX161+
14DWL
13DWL
10DWL
Late evening jnys NX221+
3/N321
3/N321
3/N321
Night Service
NX175+
3DWL
3DWL
3DWL
logo NX is London Central thus change

STRATFORD Bus Station - LEWISHAM Bus Station
NORTH GREENWICH STN - LEWISHAM Bus Station >> ( double deck late evening service in this direction only )
Allcation moved to New Cross (NX)
At the present time Blackwall Tunnel is shut southbound from 2100 and therefore the service is run in two sections Stratford - Cannng Town Stn and North Greenwich to Lewisham with extra buses in the evening off 321 allocation (dd).
The night service operates the full route by special arrangement

 

 

ED4 has just left Lewisham Bus Station

 


12.11.11
NX161+
14DWL
13DWL
10DWL
Night Service
NX175+
3DWL
3DWL
3DWL

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD Bus Station
Full evening and night service restored with completion of works in the north bore of Blackwall Tunnel

01.10.16
NX161+
17MEC
15MEC
12MEC
 
NX231+
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
Night Service
NX181+
4ME
4MEC
4MEC

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD International Station
Contract renewal
Rerouted between Poplar and Stratford via withdrawn section of Route D8

Extended in Startford to International Station

Towards Lewisham, Molesworth Street
Montfichet Road, Pool Street, Carpenters Road, Stratford High Street, Bow Interchange, Bow Road, Campbell Road, Devons Road, Violet Road, Morris Road, Chrisp Street, East India Dock Road, Brunswick Road, Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, Blackwall Tunnel (Eastern Bore), Blackwall Tunnel, Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach, Dreadnought Street, Boord Street, Millennium Way, North Greenwich Bus Station, Edmund Halley Way, Pilot Busway, Southern Way, Commercial Way, Peartree Way, Woolwich Road, Combedale Road, Westcombe Hill, Charlton Road, Stratheden Road, Prince Of Wales Road, Montpelier Row, Montpelier Vale, Blackheath Village, Lee Terrace, Belmont Hill, Lee Bridge, Lewisham High Street, Molesworth Street.

Towards Stratford International Bus Station: Molesworth Street, Lewisham High Street,
Lewis Grove, Lee Bridge, Belmont Hill, Lee Terrace, Lee Road, Blackheath Village, Tranquil Vale, Royal Parade, Montpelier Row, Prince Of Wales Road, Stratheden Road, Westcombe Hill, Westcombe Hill Contra-Flow Bus Lane, Westcombe Hill Bus Gate, Horn Lane Roundabout, Peartree Way, Commercial Way, Southern Way, Pilot Busway, Edmund Halley Way, North Greenwich Bus Station, Edmund Halley Way, Millennium Way, Holiday Inn Roundabout, Blackwall Lane, A102, Tunnel Avenue, Blackwall Tunnel Southern Approach, Blackwall Tunnel, Blackwall Tunnel (Western Bore), Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach, A102, East India Dock Road, Chrisp Street, Morris Road, Violet Road, Devons Road, Campbell Road, Bow Road, Bow Interchange, Stratford High Street, Carpenters Road, Pool Street, Montfichet Road, International Way.

13.05.17
NX161+
18MEC
16MEC
12MEC
 
NX231+
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
Night Service
NX181+
4ME
4MEC
4MEC

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD International Station
Revised timetables for running time and reliability

29.07.17
MG161+
16MEC
14MEC
10MEC
 
NX231+
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
 
NX251+
2E
2E
2E
Night Service
MG181+
4ME
4MEC
4MEC

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD International Station
New Cross (NX) allocation moved to new Morden Wharf (MG) garge situated off Tunnel Avenue on the Greenwich Peninsula
The evening double deck service remained at New Cross
Two daytime duties remain at New Cross NX251 and 252 and these are electric buses

WS108 seen here with a good load at North Greenwich. A small coincidence that fleet number matches route number but normally found on Route 286

By kind permission of
© Malcolm Conway

 


02.10.21
MG161+
16MEC
14MEC
10MEC
 
NX231+
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
 
NX251+
2E
2E
2E
Night Service
MG181+
4ME
4MEC
4MEC

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD International Station
Contract extended for two years

22.01.22
MG161+
16MEC
14MEC
10MEC
 
NX231+
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
3dd ex321
 
NX251+
2E
2E
2E
Night Service
MG181+
4ME
4MEC
4MEC

LEWISHAM Bus Station  -  STRATFORD International Way
Due to buillding works at Stratford Internationl Bus Station stand moved to International Way terminating in a loop via Mountfitchet Road, Penny Brooke Street, and Celebration Avenue

Current Blind



108

Operating Garages

MG Morden Wharf
Changeover point towards Statford is Stop MU Blackwall Lane and towards Lewisham is Dreadnought Street Stop MV

WH West Ham
Changeover point Stratford

BW Bow
Changeover point Bow church

PR Poplar
Changeover point Poplar

C Athol Street (Poplar)
Changeover point Poplar

NX New Cross
The changeover point for NX (the current depot operator) is as follows:
Mon-Sat (except evenings/nights): Lewisham Bus Station (currently Molesworth Street due to the long running Lewisham redevelopment)
All other times: NX

CH Cambridge Heath ( Kentish Bus)
Changeover point ?

AG Ash Grove (East Thames Buses)
Changeover point ?

LM Lewisham (Kentish Bus)
Changeover point ?

BV Belvedere (Kentish Bus)
Changeover point ?

CR Crayford (Kentish Bus)
Changeover point ?

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2022
Date of edit   Wednesday, 26.01.22