Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
04.03.59
CN
13RT
15RT
9RT

CRYSTAL PALACE - Anerley - Norwood Junction - West Croydon - Waddon,Stafford Road - Wallington - Stanley Park Road - Ruskin Road - Benhill Avenue - SUTTON GREEN (Sundays)
St Helier - MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday)
Trolleybus replacement Route for 654 Crystal Palace and Sutton Green

 

 

RT2203 (CN) West Croydon

 


29.01.64
A
13RT
6RT
3RT
 
TH
--
12RT
5RT

CRYSTAL PALACE  -  SUTTON GREEN ( Suns )  -  MORDEN STATION ( Mon-Sat )
Carshalton (CN) garage closed - allocation moved to Sutton and Thornton Heath

Scanned from July 1964 Red Book

23.01.66
A
13RT
5RT
--
 
TH
--
8RT
--

MORDEN STATION - CRYSTAL PALACE (Monday-Saturday)
Sunday service withdrawn.

31.12.66
A
12RT
--
--
 
TH
--
11RT
--

MORDEN STATION - CRYSTAL PALACE (Monday-Saturday)
Saturday (A) allocation withdrawn.

RT2073 West Croydon

© Malcolm Allan


07.09.68
A
10RT
--
--
 
TH
--
11RT
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday)- MORDEN STATION (Monday-Friday except evenings/Saturday)
Withdrawn between Sutton Green and Morden Mon-Fri evenings.

Extracted from 1970 map drawn by Mike Harris
12.05.73
A
10DMS
6DMS
--
 
TH
--
7DMS
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday  )- MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday except evenings )
Saturday evenings withdrawn between Sutton Green and Morden
Converted to One Man Operation - Saturday (A) operation re-introduced.

Taken from alterationst leaflet (2) to booklet dated 17th February 1973

05.01.74
A
7DMS
--
--
 
TC
3DMS
6DMS
--
 
TH
--
7DMS
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday  )- MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday except evenings )
Monday-Saturday (TC) allocation introduced. Saturday (A) withdrawn.

23.04.77
A81+
7DMS
--
--
 
TC261+
3DMS
7DMS
--
 
TH161+
--
7DMS
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - Stanley Park Road - The Beeches Avenue - Park Hill - Benhill Road - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday) - MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday except evenings)
Re-routed at Carshalton Beeches VIA Park Hill, Beeches Avenue, and Stanley Park Road instead of Beynon Road, Carshalton Park Rd, Ruskin Road, Park Lane and Boundary Road.
.


28.10.78
A81+
9DMS
9DMS
--
 
TC261+
--
5DMS
--

CRYSTAL PALACE - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday  )- MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday except evenings )
Monday-Friday (TC) withdrawn. Saturday only (TH) withdrawn.

25.04.81
A81+
9DMS
10DMS
--

WEST CROYDON Bus Station - Waddon - Roundshaw Estate - Wallington - Carshalton - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Saturday) - MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday except evenings)
Withdrawn between West Croydon and Crystal Palace (replaced by strengthened 157 service).
Diverted via Roundshaw Estate at Wallington replacing withdrawn 233.
Diverted via Croydon flyover instead of Epsom Road Waddon/Croydon
Saturday only (TC) withdrawn.

 

 

DMS2406 West Croydon with the blacked out bottom via points blanked out to reflect the Crystal Palace section being withdrawn

 

See comments at bottom of page

 

© Malcolm Allan

 


25.10.86
A81+
9D
9D
--

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN STATION (Monday-Saturday)
Extended evenings from Sutton to Morden.

26.11.88
A81+
10D
11D
--

WEST CROYDON - Waddon - Roundshaw - Wallington - Carshalton - (between 1000 - 1600 double run via Queen Mary's Hospital) SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Friday evenings/Saturday outside shopping hours) - St Helier - Green Lane - London Road  -  MORDEN STATION (Monday-Friday except evenings/Saturday shopping hours)
Re-routed between Sutton and Morden as above.

Now trading as Sutton Bus

29.09.90
A81+
10D
11D
4D

WEST CROYDON - SUTTON GREEN (Monday-Friday evenings/Saturday outside shopping hours) or SUTTON GARAGE (Sunday) - MORDEN STATION (Monday-Friday except evenings/Saturday shopping hours)
Sunday service introduced between West Croydon and Sutton replacing withdrawn section of Service 213.

D2604 Wellesley Road, Croydon

busmap.co.uk


31.08.91
A81+
10D
11D
4D

WEST CROYDON - SUTTON GARAGE (Sunday) or MORDEN STN (Monday-Saturday)
Monday-Saturday evenings extended from Sutton to Morden.

25.04.92
A81+
10M
11M
4M

D type buses replaced by M

M1311 West Croydon Bus Station

busmap.co.uk


21.02.93
A81+
10M
11M
4MRL

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Sunday double run via Q Marys Hospital revised to run all day and extended to Morden except early am, 

Sunday operation converted to midi-bus.

 

 

DW66 London Road, Morden

busmap.co.uk

 

 

04.02.95
A81+
10M
11M
4MRL

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Sunday early service extended from Sutton to Morden.

MRL178 also London Road, Morden

busmap.co.uk



30.11.96
A81+
10M
11M
4M
Start of new contract and converted on Sundays to double deck operation

26.07.97
A81+
10NV
11NV
4NV

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Converted from Metrobus to Volvo Olympian operation

 

 

NV121 West Croydon

© Peter Horrex

 

 

02.02
A81+
12EVL
11EVL
6EVL

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Start of gradual conversion to low floor double deck. Buses are East Lans Myllennium Vyking - Volvo B7TL.

 

EVL41 leaving West Croydon Bus Station

 

06.12.08
A81+
12DOE
11DOE
6DOE
Contract renewal with new buses

 

DOE6 Morden

© Eamonn Kente;;

07.12.13
A81+
12DOE
11DOE
9DOE

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Contract extended for two years

PVL69 seen at the Sutton crew changeover point at Sutton Green

 


12.09.15
A81+
14DOE
12DOE
9DOE
Night Service ( FS )
A361+
--
3DOE
3DOE

WEST CROYDON - MORDEN
Fri and Sat night service inroduced

Extracted from 2018 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
26.10.19
A81+
17DOE
15DOE
9DOE
Night Service ( FS )
A361+
--
3DOE
3DOE

MORDEN  -  WEST CROYDON
New schedules with increased PVR

Operating Garages

A Sutton
Changeover point at Sutton Green

TC Croydon
Changeover point at West Croydon Bus Station

TH Thornton Heath
Changeover point at West Croydon Bus Station

CN Carshalton
Changeover point at garage

 

COMMENTS
Prior to 25/4/81, the intermediary display for Route 154 read -

'Sutton Green, Wallington, Croydon, Norwood Junction'

With the 25/4/81 changes, the intermediary blind was amended to -

Rose Hill, Sutton Green, Carshalton Beeches, Wallington, Roundshaw

However, roughly only 60% of Sutton's Fleetlines received new blind sets incorporating this change and also new route 254. 

For those buses still with old blinds, 'Norwood Junction' was blanked out on the 154 intermediary panel so it then read -

'Sutton Green, Wallington, Croydon'

However, for seemingly no logical reason, Sutton Garage staff also blanked out 'Norwood Junction' on the Route 157 intermediary display so this now read -

'Morden, Carshalton, Wallington, Croydon'. 

Furthermore, this doctoring of the Route 157 display was also done to all blind sets, old and new.

As far as Route 157 was concerned (at that time only operating from Sutton on Sundays), this meant a needlessly shortened display.

Worse still though, this truncated 157 display was constantly mis-used on Route 154, even on buses with the new blind sets.  This was to the extent that it was almost a novelty to see a 154 running with the correct up-to-date via points.

So what you are actually seeing in the picture of DMS2406 is a bus which did have up-to-date 154 via blinds but erroneously displaying the needlessly blanked 157 display.

DAVID FOORDE

 

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Friday, 01.05.20