Route History

Date
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
at 03.10.34
K
4DA
6DA
4DA

KINGSTON - Hampton - Sunbury - Ashford - STAINES Bridge Street
New OMO Route which was previously  numbered 198

216 map 1934

Extracted from 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map

01.01.41
K
4C
4C
4C
CREW
2T
4T
4T

Crew operation introduced on Kingston to Sunbury shorts

30.09.42
K
9LTL
12LTL
9LTL

Whole service converted to crew operatioon

17.04.46
K
12LTL
12LTL
3T
12LTL

Saturday only T type introduced

22.05.46
K
12LTL
15LTL
12LTL

Saturday only T type withdrawn

09.10.46
K
12LTL
13LTL
2T
12LTL

Saturday only T type reintroduced

05.05.48
K
12LTL
12LTL
3T
9LTL
7T

Sunday T type introduced

13.04.49
K
12TD
12TD
6T
12TD
4T

LTL type replaced by TD

14.05.52
K
11TD
12TD
7T
9TD
 
NB
--
--
7T

Sunday only NB allocation added.

07.10.53
K
11TD
19TD
12TD

NB allocation withdrawn.

216_TD2 

 

TD2 Kingston Town Centre

 

19.05.54
K
11TD
19TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
7T

Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

06.10.54
K
11TD
19TD
12TD

NB allocation withdrawn.

04.05.55
K
11TD
19TD
7TD
 
NB
--
--
5TD

Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

02.05.56
K
11TD
16TD
12TD

NB allocation withdrawn

17.10.56
K
11TD
16TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
3TD

Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced.

23.01.57
K
11TD
16TD
9TD
 
NB
--
--
3TD

KINGSTON Bus Station - Hampton Wick - Hampton Court - Hampton Station - Harfield Road - Lower Hampton Road - Sunbury Village - Green Street - Sunbury Cross - Chertsey Road - Feltham Hill Road - Ashford Station - Stanwell Road - London Road - Staines High Street - STAINES Bridge Street
Diverted at Ashford Common

01.05.57
K
11TD
16TD
12TD

NB allocation withdrawn.

216 times
Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
13.05.59
K
11TD
10TD
6TD
 
NB
--
--
4TD

Sunday only NB allocation re-introduced. Saturday short workings replaced by Route 71 extension from Kingston to Sunbury.

01.07.59
K
11RF
10RF
6RF
 
NB
--
--
4RF

RF introduction.

14.10.59
K
11RF
10RF
10RF

NB allocation withdrawn.

18.11.64
K
11RFo
10RFo
4RFo

OPO introduction.

216_RF461 

 

RF461 Kingston

 

26.09.76
K41+
11BL
9BL
4BL

RF type replaced by Bristols

216_BL11 

 

BL11 performing a short working - seen at Hampton Court

 

04.09.82
NB141+
7LS
6LS
4LS

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION
Withdrawn between Staines Bus Station and Staines Bridge Street
Bristols replaced by Leyland National and transferred to Norbiton (NB)

29.01.83
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - Surbiton - Berrylands - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Extended MS Kingston to Tolworth replacing withdrawn section of route 211.
Jointly allocated with Route 218

177 - 216 

M177 subs for a single decker - seen in Berrylands

 

02.06.85
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

THORPE PARK (Suns) - STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

03.11.85
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday withdrawn Staines to Thorpe Park.

22.03.86
NB101+
LS
LS
LS

THORPE PARK (Suns) - STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON (Suns) - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

1986 map
Taken from 1986 LT Map
25.10.86
NB101+
9LS
7LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - TOLWORTH BROADWAY ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday withdrawn Staines to Thorpe Park.
Sunday service transferred to London Country (WY) and renumbered 511

216_LS429 

LS429 seen at Staines Bus Station

 

27.06.87
NB101+
5LS
5LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Kingston and Tolworth - this section replaced by new Route K2

19.09.87
K31+
5LS
5LS
--

Allocation transferred to Kingston (K)

29.10.88
K31+
5LS
5LS
2MRL

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON
Sunday service re-instated with midi-bus vehicles

24.03.89
K31+
5LS
5LS
MRL

THORPE PARK (Summer Suns) - STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON
Summer Sundays extended from Staines to Thorpe Park.

31.08.91
WK1+
6LS
6LS
--

STAINES BUS STATION - KINGSTON
Sunday service transferred to services 572/582 and MS allocation transferred to Hounslow Heath.

07.05.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

THORPE PARK (daytime) - STAINES (mornings and evenings) - KINGSTON
Limited Sunday service re-introduced - allocated to Kingston (K) with midibuses. Daily service to Thorpe Park during daytime.

17.06.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

KINGSTON - STAINES BUS STATION - THORPE PARK
Daily diverted to double run via Sunbury Tesco during shopping hours and Sunday service increased - and introduced evenings.

15.07.95
HH
6LS
6LS
--
 
K
--
--
MRL

THORPE PARK (daytime) - STAINES (mornings and evenings) - KINGSTON
Buses now terminate at the new Cromwell Road Bus Station in Kingston.

29.07.95
HH
6LS
6LS
LS

Sunday only Kingston (K) allocation moved to Hounslow Heath (HH) and converted to LS.

20.08.95
HH
6LS
6LS
2DWL

Sunday converted to DWL type.

23.09.95
K31+
6LS
6LS
2DWL

Allocation transferred from Hounslow Heath (HH) to Kingston (K)

04.11.95
K31+
5LS
5LS
2DWL

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION
Daily Thorpe Park extension withdrawn until March 1996 when it was introduced on a Summer Sunday only basis.

30.03.96
K31+
5LS
5LS
3LS

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
Extended from Staines to Thorpe Park on Summer Sundays.

10.01.98
HH981+
5LS
1LS
3LS

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION - THORPE PARK (Summer Suns)
K allocation transferred to Hounslow Heath

04.04.98
AV321+
--
--
5sd
 
HH981+
5LS
7LS
--
 
K31+
--
1LS
--

Allocation changes as above,
Hounslow ( A) V introduced as HH shut on Sundays.


06.02.00
HH981+
7DWL
9DWL
7DWL
 
K891
--
1DWL
--

Sunday allocation returned to Hounslow Heath (HH)

216_DWL9 

 

DWL9 is in a dedicated 216 livery seen in Kingston

 

02.09.00
HH481+
7DWL
10DWL
7DWL

Saturday (K) allocation withdrawn.

29.04.02
HH481+
7DRL+
10DRL
7DRL
    3M/400    

KINGSTON Cromwell Road Bus Station - STAINES BUS STATION
Summer extension from Staines to Thorpe Park withdrawn. last day of operation 28.04.02

216_DRL159  

DRL159 Staines Bus Station

 

29.06.02
TF42+
7excel
7excel
4excel
tgm New Contract with TGM
216_TGM993 

TGM993 Excel seen in Kingston

 

28.06.03
HH401+
7DPS
7DPS
7DPS
LONDON UNITED - New Operator

Operation via Sunbury Tesco runs at all times now instead of just shopping hours.

216_DPS486  

DPS686 Staines Bus Station

 

04.04.06
HH401+
7DPS
7DPS
7DPS
LOGO LONDON UNITED replaced by Transdev

02.09.06
FW131+
7DPS
8DPS
6DPS

Allocation moved to Fulwell to make room for Route 116

28.06.08
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS

Contract renewal

 216_DPS693 DPS693 Sunbury Cross
03.03.11
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS
RATP LOGO TRANSDEV REPLACED BY RATP

216_DPS691  DPS691 Kingston


13.04.13
FW131+
8DPS
8DPS
5DPS
 
HH407
DE ex 698
--
--

One schoolday journey added  from Ashford Hospital to Hampton Station using a bus from the 698

08.08.15
HH361+
10DE
10DE
7DE
 
HH370
DE ex 698    

Allocation moved from Fulwell (FW) to Hounslow Heath - partly compensating for loss of Route 482 which was given a new contract with Metroline West (G)

02.07.16
FW131+
10DE
9DE
6DE
  HH486 DE ex 698    

Allocation moved to Fulwell (FW) to compensate for 71 leaving

IMGP9964   SP110 Kingston
IMGP9947  TLA4 Kingston
30.06.18
FW131+
9DLE
6DLE
6DLE
  HH486 DE ex 698    

STAINES  -  KINGSTON
Contract renewal with new DLE MMC single deckers

216_DLE30226 

DLE30227 seen in Ashford

© Jenkinsbuses

Operating Garages

HH Hounslow Heath
Changeover at FELTHAM Town Tree Road or Feltham Road or at Staines
On Summer Sundays some meal breaks were done at Thorpe Park during the day.
When the route was at Hounslow Heath all meal breaks were done at Staines Bus Station daily. During the week days the school bus drivers coved the meal breaks with Metros.

AV Hounslow
The meal breaks were done at Kingston outside the bus garage - as all the duties kept the same bus - all the change overs were back at Hounslow

K Kingston
Changeover at Kingston Bus Station

NB Norbiton
Changeover at Kingston Bus Station

FW Fulwell
Changeover at Kingston

Comment from "Lofty" White

For some of the time the route was operated commercially - and not part of the LRT network. (None of the photos of Westlink vehicles have 'LRT Service signs'. I am not sure when this started - could have 'D day - 25/10/86 - when the Sunday service became a SCC tendered route - or possibly 27/6/87 - when the Kingston routes were tendered. It came back into the TfL fold on 29/6/02 - when TGM were awarded a short 1 year contract - after Westlink de-registered the route.

 

 

 

 times live stands Tender Specs 216 fares

 

© Ian Armstrong 2018
Date of edit   Monday, 09.07.18