Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
21.02.51
AV
3STL
3STL
3STL

HANWORTH Duke of York - Powder Mill Lane - Percy Road - Hall Road - Worton Road - Bridge Road - Hounslow High Street - HOUNSLOW CENTRAL STN
NEW ROUTE

02.05.51
AV
3STL
3STL
3RT

Sunday service converted to RT operation

25.07.51
AV
7STL
6STL
4RT

TWICKENHAM STN - Staines Road - Hospital Bridge Road - Percy Road - Hall Road - Worton Road - Bridge Road - HOUNSLOW CENTRAL STN (Suns) or Hounslow West - Great South West Road - HATTON CROSS ( Mon-Sat )
Service revised as above.

Extracted from 1952 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

22.10.52
AV
6STL
6STL
2RT

TWICKENHAM STN - HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Suns) - HATTON CROSS ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn between Hounslow Garage and Hounslow Central Station.

 

STL751 Twickenham Station stand

 


03.12.52
AV
7STL
6STL
2RT

TWICKENHAM STN - HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Suns) - HATTON CROSS (Mon-Fri/Sat am) - Great South West Road - Stanwell Road - BEDFONT GREEN (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat pm)
Mon-Fri peaks/Sat pm journeys extended from Hatton Cross to Bedfont Green

19.05.54
AV
7RT
7RT
2RT

STL's replaced by RT type.

06.10.54
AV
7RT
7RT
--

TWICKENHAM STN - HATTON CROSS (Mon-Fri/Sat am) - BEDFONT GREEN (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat journeys)
Sunday service withdrawn.

04.05.55
AV
8RT
7RT
--

TWICKENHAM STN - HATTON CROSS (Mon-Fri/Sat evgs) - BEDFONT GREEN (Sat journeys) - Staines Road - STAINES Bridge Street (Mon-Fri Peaks)
Mon-Fri peaks extended from Bedfont Green to Staines.

27.06.56
AV
11RT
8RT
1RT

TWICKENHAM STN ( Mon-Sat ) Whitton - Hounslow - Great South West Road - Hatton Cross - Great South West Rd - Stanwell Rd - Bedfont Rd - STANWELL War Memorial (Suns) Town Lane - Staines Road - STAINES Bridge Street
Diverted at Bedfont to run via Stanwell Rd - Bedfont Rd - Stanwell - Town Lane - Staines Road to STAINES Bridge Street.
Sunday service introduced between Stanwell and Staines. This diversion replaced existing Route 162 which ran between Staines and Stanwell.

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

The book contains full list of departures

25.11.59
AV
12RT#
7RT
1RT

Route 203A introduced which was jointly allocated with Route 203. This was most unusual especially as Hounslow (AV) was famed for being militant.

The Greater London Bus Map

This map was extracted from 1964 historical map which can be purchased as a download

04.07.65
AV
12RT#
7RT
1RFo

Sunday service converted to One Person Operation.
The drivers would have been used from the 237 rota which was one man operated from January 1965.

31.12.66
AV
10RT#
5RT
--
 
FW
--
--
2RFo

Sunday allocation transferred to Fulwell (FW).
Garage journeys worked via 116 and 285.

 

RT434 crosses the Bridge Road railway bridge at Hounslow

 

19.07.69
AV
10RT#
5RT
--

TWICKENHAM - STAINES ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn thus FW withdrawn.

26.09.70
AV
6RT#
6RT
--

STAINES - HOUNSLOW GARAGE (Mon-Fri) - RICHMOND Dee Road (Sats)
Mon-Fri withdrawn between Hounslow and Twickenham - replaced by new 202
Saturday extended from Twickenham to Richmond.


11.03.72
AV
6SMS#
4SMS#
--

HOUNSLOW - STAINES (Mon-Fri peaks/Sat shopping hours)
Converted to single deck OPO operation.
Service reduced to Mon-Fri peaks and Sat shop hours - at other times ran as 203A.

SMS832 Staines West Station stand

© John Parkin

19.07.75
AV
6SMS#
4SMS#
--

Diverted via Hatton Cross Station

20.08.76
AV
6LS
4LS
--

HOUNSLOW - STAINES ( Mon-Sat ) or ASHFORD STN (Mon-Fri peaks) - ASHFORD Town Tree Road (Mon-Fri pm school jnys)
Converted to Leyland National operation - and 203A number discontinued

SMS814 Hatton Cross
23.08.76

busmap.co.uk

28.01.78
AV171+
5LS
5LS
--

BRENTFORD County Court - Isleworth - Hounslow - Hounslow West - Hatton Cross - Bedfont - Stanwell Road - Bedfont Road - Clare Road - Ashford Hospital - STAINES ( Mon-Sat )
Extended from Hounslow to Brentford via 117.
Ashford peak journeys withdrawn.

LS17 Staines High Street, May 1980

busmap.co.uk

29.01.83
AV171+
LS#
LS#
--

Joint compilation with 116 introduced.

Part of the allocation book library which is for sale
Allocation Books
09.08.86
WK1+
LS#
LS#
--
Route transferred to Westlink - Hounslow Heath

 

LS297 Hounslow High Street

 


10.08.91
LB
5midi
5midi
--
Contract reassigned to London Buslines jointly with Route 201.

HOUNSLOW Bus Station - STAINES (Mon-Sat)
Withdrawn between Hounslow and Brentford

LBL636 Staines Bus Station
16.05.92
busmap.co.uk

The late delivery of minibuses forced the loan of South Yorkshire stock as shown here at Hatton Cross
busmap.co.uk
27.11.93
LB
5midi
5midi
--

Service increased to compensate for the withdrawal of Route 201.

01.06.96
LB
sd
sd
--

Re-routed via Ashford Hospital grounds (southbound)

 

London Bus Lines 606 at Hatton X

 

31.08.96
LB
5dart
5dart
3dart

HOUNSLOW Bus Station - STAINES
Sunday service introduced.

01.09.01
TF85+
6dart
6dart
3dart
New contract awarded to Tellings Golden Miller based at Twickenham (TF)

 

Dart 420 at Staines Bus Station

 

17.06.05
TF141
6SD
6SD
4SD
Contract reassigned

HOUNSLOW  -  STAINES
Contract reassigned to Travel London

Travel London 438 at Staines Bus Station

02.09.06
AV141+
6DP
6DP
4DP
New contract

DPS567 Staines Bus Station
03.03.11
AV141+
6DP
6DP
4DP
TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP

03.09.11
AV141+
6MC
6MC
4MC

Contract renewal


MCL3 Hatton Cross

© Ian Armstrong


03.09.11
AV141+
6MC
6MC
4MC

Contract renewal with existing buses

SP40051 is making a guest appearance on single deck Route 203, seen entering Staines Bus Station

© Lawrence living


03.09.16
AV141+
6MC
6MC
4MC

Contract renewal

This Optare OT6 is usually found on Route H37 but on this occasion is seen at Staines Bus Station

© Lawrence living

 

 

 

Operating Garages

AV Hounslow
Changeover point garage

FW Fulwell
Changeover point garage

HH Hounslow Heath
The changeover point was the second stop towards Staines bus station along the Great South West Road and ex London taxis were provided to get back to Hounslow Heath Garage.

LBL Southall
Changeover point Hounslow Bus Stations

TF Twickenham (TGM)
Changeover point is Ashford Hospital and Cars are provided to get to T-GM,s Fulwell Garage.

Route 203 full timetable is shown in the above book

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Saturday, 11.05.19