Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
ED
6LTL
7LTL
8LTL
 
TB
11T
13T
12T

PENGE Crooked Billet - Beckenham - Shortlands - Bromley - Widmore Road - Bickley - Chislehurst - Mottingham - Court Road - Eltham Church - Eltham Park - Rochester Way - Welling Way - WELLING Guy Earl of Warwick
Prior to this date had been numbered 109

Extracted from historical 1934 map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
17.04.35
ED
6LTL
7LTL
8LTL
 
SP
--
3LTL
--
 
TB
11T
13T
12T

Saturday only Sidcup (SP) allocation added

04.05.38
ED
11LTL
17LTL
11LTL

PENGE - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms
Withdrawn between Chislehurst and Welling
New route 161 replaced Chislehurst to Eltham section
New Route 160 replaced Eltham to Welling section

Sidcup (SP) and Bromley (TB) allocations withdrawn

02.05.51
TB
21LTL
24LTL
14LTL

Allocation transferred from Elmers End (ED) to Bromley (TB).
Space was made at Bromley by transferring a number of 47 duties to Catford who in turn transferred Route 36 to the new Peckham Garage.

27.06.51
TB
24LTL
26LTL
15LTL

CRYSTAL PALACE - Westwood Hill - Crystal Palace Park Road - Penge - - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms
Daily extended from Penge to Crystal Palace

Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris
The Greater London Bus Map
22.10.52
TB
24RF
26RF
15RF

Converted to RF operation.

 

RF391 Crystal Palace

 

02.01.71
TB
17SMS
14SMS
8SMS

CRYSTAL PALACE - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms
Converted to One Person Operation.

15.07.72
TB
19SMS
17SMS
8SMS

CRYSTAL PALACE - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms (Mon-Fri/Sun)  - Green Lane - New Eltham - ELTHAM Well Hall Station (Sats)
Saturday extended from Chislehurst to Eltham via Route 61


 

SMS200 Well Hall

 


18.07.74
TB1+
19SMS
15SMS
8SMS

CRYSTAL PALACE - CHISLEHURST Gordon Arms
Withdrawn between Chislehurst and Eltham replaced by Route 61 reintroduction

SMS567 looks busy at Crystal Palace, August 1976

busmap.co.uk


21.08.77
TB1+
19LS
15LS
7LS

Converted to Leyland National operation.

 

 

LS383 Crystal Palace Sep 83

busmap.co.uk

 

 

01.04.89
TB1+
12LS+
13LS
7LS
    1LS/471    
London Buses was divided into 12 business units - in preparation for sell-off.

 

 

 

LS358 seen in Bromley June 1989 with the "hops" logo

busmap.co.uk

 

 

19.01.91
TB1+
13LS
13LS
6DT/MRL

Sunday converted to midibus operation.

 

 

DT57 Widmore Avenue, Bromley Jan 91

busmap.co.uk

 

27.04.91
TB1+
9LS
9LS
4MRL

CRYSTAL PALACE - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Withdrawn between Bromley and Chislehurst - this section covered by revised 161.

MR64 MA41
29.02.92
DG
12sd
12sd
6sd
Contract reassigned

 

SIB1283 at the Bromley North stand

 


08.11.97
TB1+
11LV
12LV
8LV
Contract reassigned
LV11

 

The new order is represented here by LV11 at Bromley North

 


24.06.00
TB1+
11SLD
12SLD
8SLD

New contract commenced with low floor single deck buses.

25.06.05
TB1+
11DL
12DL
10DL
Contract renewal

 

DL231 Bromley North

 

26.06.10
TB1+
12DL
12DL
9DL

Contract extended for two years

23.06.12
TB1+
12 Citaro
12 Citaro
9 Citaro

CRYSTAL PALACE - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Contract renewal with new Citaro buses

Seen shortly after the Ciraro introduction - 23002 seen here at
Bromley North

© Adam Murray

24.06.17
TB1+
12 Citaro
12 Citaro
9 Citaro

CRYSTAL PALACE - BROMLEY NORTH STATION
Contract extended for two years

22.06.19
MB121+
12WS
12WS
8WS

BROMLEY NORTH  -  CRYSTAL PALACE
Contract reassigned to Metrobus at Orpington (MB)
Route 51 moved to Bexleyheath to make room

Metrobus WS120 on Route 227, Shortlands 

WS120 at Shortlands

© Aubrey Morandarte

 

 

 

 

Operating Garages

ED Elmers End
Changeover point Beckenham Church

TB Bromley
Changeover point Bromley North

SP Sidcup
Changeover point not known

DG Dunton Green (Kentish Bus)
Changeover point Bromley North

MB Orpington
Changeover point Bromley North

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Wednesday, 12.02.20