Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
07.10.51
TL
11RT
8RT
--

CATFORD GARAGE - Rushey Green - Lewisham - Lewisham Road - Greenwich - Woolwich Road - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ( Mon-Sat )
Tram replacement route for #36-EX

06.07.52
TL
13RT
10RT
--

CATFORD GARAGE  - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill - Beresford Square - Plumstead Road - Burrage Road - Crescent Road - Blandford Road - (return via Sandy Hill Road)  - PLUMSTEAD COMMON Warwick Terrace (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat afternoons)
Mon-Fri peaks - Sat afternoons extended from Woolwich to Plumstead Common.

Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
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04.03.53
TL
15RT
11RT
--

LOWER SYDENHAM STN - Worsley Bridge Road - Southend Lane - Bromley Road - Catford - Lewisham - Greenwich - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ;- PLUMSTEAD COMMON Warwick Terrace (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat afternoons)
Extended from Catford Garage to Lower Sydenham.


30.04.58
TL
14RT
11RT
--

LOWER SYDENHAM STN - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ;- PLUMSTEAD COMMON Warwick Terrace (Mon-Fri peaks - Sat afternoons)
New schedule

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

26.11.58
TL
14RT
7RT
--

LOWER SYDENHAM STN - WOOLWICH Parsons Hill ;- PLUMSTEAD COMMON Warwick Terrace (Mon-Fri peaks)
Saturday withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead Common.

 

This classic view of RT2867 also shows a very old van closely behind - seen in Woolwich

 

08.05.63
AW
10RT
13RT
--
 
TL
11RT
7RT
--

LOWER SYDENHAM STN - Worsley Bridge Road - Southend Lane - Bromley Road - Catford - Lewisham - Greenwich - Woolwich - Plumstead - Bostall Hill - Basildon Road - Eynsham Bridge - Eynsham Drive - Grovebury Road - Godstow Road (return via Ampleforth Road) Harrow Manor Way - ABBEY WOOD GARAGE
Withdrawn between Woolwich and Plumstead Common and diverted instead via Plumstead and Abbey Estate to Abbey Wood Garage replacing withdrawn 177A.
Abbey Wood (AW) allocation added.

RT840 Rushey Green

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07.12.68
AW
12RM
10RM
--
 
TL
11RM
5RM
--

LOWER SYDENHAM  -  ABBEY WOOD GARAGE
RT type replaced by Routemasters.

24.01.70
AW
11RM
10RM
--
 
TL
11RM
5RM
1RM

LOWER SYDENHAM STATION  -  CATFORD St Dunstans College ( Suns )  -  ABBEY WOOD GARAGE ( Mon-Sat )
A  short Sunday service introduced between Catford and Lower Sydenahm replacing withdrawn section of Route 160A

Scanned from 18.04.70 Red Book

16.01.71
AW
10RM
10RM
--
 
TL
11RM
5RM
--

ABBEY WOOD GARAGE - LOWER SYDENHAM STN ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn, replaced by

22.04.78
AW51+
12RM
10RM
5RM
 
TL81+
9RM
5RM
3RM

ABBEY WOOD GARAGE - LOWER SYDENHAM STN
Sunday service introduced - replacing Route 180A

RM621 Greenwich Park

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31.10.81
PD151+
19MDc
12MDc
6MDc

ABBEY WOOD STATION  -  LOWER SYDENHAM STATION
Abbey Wood Garage closed - allocation transferred to new Plumstead Garage (PD) with Scania Metropolitan crew buses
Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn

MD25

 

MD25 ( crew ) Lewisham

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04.09.82
PD151+
14MDc
13MDc
6MDc
 
TL81+
3RM
3RM
--

ABBEY WOOD STATION  -  LOWER SYDENHAM STATION
A   small Mon-Sat Catford (TL) allocation re-introduced but the TL allocation were nearly all Lower Sydenham to Lewisham shorts.

22.11.82
PD151+
14Tc
13Tc
6Tc
 
TL81+
3RM
3RM
--

ABBEY WOOD STATION  -  LOWER SYDENHAM STATION
MD type replaced by Leyland Titan

02.08.84
PD151+
14Tc
13Tc
6Tc
 
TL81+
3Tc
3Tc
--

ABBEY WOOD STATION  -  LOWER SYDENHAM STATION
RM type replaced by Leyland Titan

27.10.84
PD161+
13Tc
12Tc
6Tc

ABBEY WOOD - CATFORD GARAGE ( Mon-Sat ) - LOWER SYDENHAM STN (Suns)
Mon-Sat section between Catford Garage and Lower Sydenham replaced by new Route 181.
Catford (TL) allocation withdrawn.

T952

Crew Titan T952 Greenwich High Road

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03.08.85
PD161+
14T
18T
6T

ABBEY WOOD - CATFORD GARAGE
Converted to One Person Operation
Sunday withdrawn between Catford Garage and Lower Sydenham - this section replaced by 181 Sunday introduction.

22.08.86
PD161+
14L
18L
6L

ABBEY WOOD - CATFORD GARAGE
Titan type replaced by Leyland Olympian.

01.04.89
PD161+
16L
18L
7L
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off

 

L108 Thomas Street, Woolwich

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19.01.91
PD161+
17L/T
18L/T
7L/T

ABBEY WOOD - CATFORD GARAGE
Titan type re-intoduced.

27.04.91
PD161+
15L/T
19L/T
9L/T

ABBEY WOOD - Abbey Estate - Plumstead - Woolwich - Charlton - Greenwich - Lewisham - Catford - Sangley Road - Torridon Road - HITHER GREEN STN
Re-routed at Catford to Hither Green replacing withdrawn section of Route 36.

08.10.94
PD161+
14L
19L
7L

THAMESMEAD EAST - Yarnton Way - Abbey Wood - Plumstead - Woolwich - Charlton - Greenwich - LEWISHAM Bus Station (MS evenings and all day Sunday) - LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Lewisham and Hither Green (no replacement) and revised east of Woolwich to operate to Thamesmead East via McLeod Road (replacing Route 178) instead of Abbey Wood via Eynsham Drive which was replaced by revised 469.

14.02.98
BV
12dd
13dd
7dd
Contract reassigned

THAMESMEAD EAST - LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre.
Service runs to Riverdale Centre at all times.

Route transferred to Harris Bus - operating from a base at Crabtree Manor Way - North Belvedere. Volvo Olympians used.

 

 

Harris 368 at the Riverdale Centre stand

 

 


25.03.00
BV
12ON
13ON
7ON
logo Contract reassigned

Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books

23.11.02
BV51+
14ON
14ON
7ON

LEWISHAM Riverdale Centre - Greenwich - Woolwich - Abbey Wood - Yarnton Way - Thamesmead East - Eastern Way - Anderson Way - Mulberry Way - Fishers Way - BELVEDERE Crabtree Manor Way North
Extended from Thamesmead East to Belvedere East Thames Bus Garage.

 

VWL4 Lewisham

 


03.10.09
BV51+
14VWL
14VWL
8VWL
logo Contract renewal although now under the GO Ahead maangement ( London General BV )

LEWISHAM  -  BELVEDERE
New operator


 

 

VWL26 at the Woolwich Arsenal now in the new corporate livery of Go-Ahead

 


04.10.14
BV51+
14VWL
14VWL
8VWL

LEWISHAM  -  BELVEDERE 
Contract extended for two years

01.10.16
BV51+
17WVL
17WVL
10WVL

LEWISHAM  -  BELVEDERE 
Contract renewal

04.12.17
MG51+
15WVL
15WVL
10WVL

LEWISHAM  -  BELVEDERE Industrial Area
Re-routed to run via Fisher's Way and left to Crabtree Manorway North to terminate at a new stand to the north of Anderson Way, returning via Anderson Way/Crabtree Manorway North oundabout.
Belvedere (BV) closed, allocation moved to Morden Wharf (MG)  

WVL326 Yarnton Way

© Edward S


02.10.21
PD351+
18EV
18EV
12EV
Stagecoach logo
New operator

LEWISHAM  -  BELVEDERE Industrial Area
New contract with Stagecoach using electric vehicles started to appear in November

12362 Yarnton Way captured whilst working a short working

© Edward S

Selkent Ambassador 12345 seen in Thamesmead

© Edward S


14.05.22
PD351+
17EV
18EV
13EV

North Greenwich Station - Edmund Halley Way - West Parkside - Millennium Village - Southern Way - Commercial Way - roads within retail park - Greenwich Peninsula IKEA - Peartree Way - Bugsby's Way - Anchor & Hope Lane - Woolwich Road (for Charlton Station) - Woolwich Church Street - Woolwich High Street - John Wilson Street - Castile Road - Monk Street - Calderwood Street - Thomas Street - Woolwich New Road - Woolwich Arsenal Station - Woolwich New Road - Plumstead Road - Plumstead Station - Plumstead High Street - Bostall Hill - Basildon Road - McLeod Road - Harrow Manor Way - Abbey Wood Station - Harrow Manor Way - Yarnton Way - Thamesmead East - Eastern Way - Anderson Way - Mulberry Way - Church Manorway - Lower Road - West Street - Erith High Street - Bexley Road (for Erith Station) - Fraser Road (including double run to Loampit Road) - Erith Quarry Fraser Road/Loampit Road
Withdrawn between Charlton Station and Lewisham (see route 129 for partial replacement) and re-routed to North Greenwich via route 472.
Withdrawn from Fisher's Way and the eastern part of Mulberry Way and extended to Erith Quarry via Church Manorway, West Street, Erith town centre and Fraser Road.  Buses start/finish in Fraser Road east of Loampit Road, facing east.

12342

12342 Church Manorway Erith showing the new destination

by kind permission Steve Barker

14165

14165 seen in Greenwich heading for the new western terminus

© Samuel Letsu

Current Blind



180

Operating Garages

AW Abbey Wood
Changeover point Abbey Wood

PD Plumstead
Changeover point Plumstead Garage

TL Catfordtit
Changeover point Catford Garage

BV Belvedere
Changeover point at garage

A few of the N1 duties start the first half as 180 - have a break at the garage then continus as N1

MG Morden Wharf
Changeover point EAST GREENWICH Vanburgh Hill

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