Route History

Date of introduction
Gar
Mon-Fri
Sat
Sun
03.10.34
RD
1DA
1DA
1DA

UPMINSTER STATION - Upminster - St Mary's Lane - CRANHAM
OPO route previously numbered G3

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

05.08.36
RD
1T
1T+
1T
      1T/249  

Converted to crew operation

05.05.43
RD
1T
1T
1T

UPMINSTER STATION - CRANHAM ( Mon-Sat / Sun pm )
Sun am withdrawn

15.07.45
RD
1T
1T
1T

UPMINSTER STATION - CRANHAM
Sun am reinstated

26.10.49
RD
3TD
3TD
2TD

UPMINSTER River Drive - CRANHAM
Extended from Station to River Drive

Extracted from 1952 historical map drawn by Mike Harris

The Greater London Bus Map

 

TD27 Upminster Station

 

16.02.55
RD
3RLH
3RLH
2RLH

Converted to low height double deck operation.

Scanned from April 1958 Red Book - the complete book is available from the Sales List
09.10.63
RD
4RLH
2RLH
1RLH

UPMINSTER River Drive ( Mon-Sat )- UPMINSTER STN (Suns) - CRANHAM
Sunday withdrawn between Upminster Station and River Drive

18.11.64
RD
4RLH
2RLH
--

UPMINSTER River Drive - CRANHAM ( Mon-Sat )
Sunday service withdrawn.

 

 

 

 

RLH73 near the end - as the bus stop is showing the changes about to take place

 

25.10.69
RD
4RLH
2RLH
--

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

19.09.70
RD
15SMS
12SMS
5SMS

Converted to single deck one person operation.
EASTERN AVENUE Pettits Lane (Mon-Fri peaks) ROMFORD Parkside Hotel - Romford - Roneo Corner - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - UPMINSTER PARK ESTATE (Suns) Cranham - St Mary's Lane - UPMINSTER STN ( Mon-Sat )
Route revised to run as above. This change should have been implemented in July but due to late delivery of the Swifts a temporary Route 193A was introduced instead.

12.09.72
RD
16SMS
13SMS
6SMS

EASTERN AVENUE Pettits Lane (Mon-Fri peaks) - ROMFORD Parkside Hotel or ROMFORD Southern Way (Mon-Fri am peak jnys) - Roneo Corner - Hornchurch - Upminster Hall Lane - UPMINSTER PARK ESTATE (Suns) Cranham - St Mary's Lane - UPMINSTER STN ( Mon-Sat )
Mon-Fri am journeys to ROMFORD Southern Way introduced.

Taken from 1973 Red Book

31.01.76
RD
16SMS
13SMS
6SMS

ROMFORD Parkside Hotel or ROMFORD Southern Way (Mon-Fri am peak jnys) - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - UPMINSTER PARK ESTATE (Suns) Cranham - UPMINSTER STN ( Mon-Sat )
Withdrawn between Eastern Avenue and Parkside Hotel.

SMS415 with an unusual blind layout

This image available with the
Single Deck download

19.03.77
RD51+
17SMS
13SMS
6SMS

ROMFORD Parkside Hotel or ROMFORD St Edwards School (Mon-Fri peak jnys) - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - UPMINSTER PARK ESTATE (Sun am) Cranham - UPMINSTER STN (MS/Sun pm)
Sunday pm extended from Upminster Park Estate to Upminster Station via Cranham.


26.02.78
RD51+
17LS
13LS
6LS

Converted to Leyland National operation.

 

 

LS132 Romford Market westbound.

 


02.02.80
RD51+
17LS
14LS
6LS

ROMFORD St Edwards School (Mon-Fri peak jnys) - ROMFORD St Edwards Way - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - UPMINSTER PARK ESTATE (Sun am) Cranham UPMINSTER STN (MS/Sun pm)
Withdrawn in Romford between St Edwards Way and Parkside Hotel.

28.11.81
RD51+
10T
9T
6LS

ROMFORD St Edwards School (Mon-Fri peak jnys) - ROMFORD St Edwards Way - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - Upminster Park Estate - CRANHAM ( Mon-Sat ) St Mary's Lane - UPMINSTER STN (Suns)
MS withdrawn between Cranham and Upminster Station - this section replaced by revised 246. Route converted to double deck on MS as no low bridge now although retained Nationals on Sunday.

 

 

Upminster(RD) show bus in General livery

 


04.09.82
RD51+
9T
8T
2T

ROMFORD St Edwards School (Mon-Fri peak jnys) - ROMFORD St Edwards Way - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - Upminster Park Estate - CRANHAM
Sunday extension from Cranham to Upminster withdrawn - replaced by a pm service on the 246 thus converted to double deck operation on that day.

Extracted from 1984 map drawn by  © Darius Grigg
24.09.88
--
dd
dd
dd

ROMFORD St Edwards School (Mon-Fri peak jnys) - ROMFORD St Edwards Way - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - Upminster Park Estate - CRANHAM
Operation transferred to FRONTRUNNER SOUTH EAST

01.07.89
DM101+
13dd
11dd
8dd
Contract reassigned to Ensignbus

 

 

262 although now with Citybus still in Ensignbus livery

 


04.06.94
DM101+
12DD
11DD
4DD
Operation transferred to CAPITAL CITIBUS

 

 

Metrobus 288 South Street - Romford

 


29.09.01
FL51+
12DL
12DL
5DL
Contract reassigned to
Blue Triangle

ROMFORD St Edwards Way - Hornchurch - Upminster - Hall Lane - Upminster Park Estate - CRANHAM
Journeys to St Edwards School replaced by new schoolday only Route 686.

 

Blue Triangle DL916 Station Road, Upminster

 

15.09.02
FL51+
14DL
12DL
5DL

Earlier journeys introduced on Sunday

 


27.09.08
RM201+
14SC
13SC
10SC
Contract reassigned to East London operating from their Rainham base

 

Scania 15016 seen with black & white blinds in Romford

 


29.09.13
RM201+
14SC
13SC
10SC

Contract extended for two years

 

 

19792 Enviro normally seen on Route 174 has strayed onto the 248

 


26.09.15
RM201+
14SC
13SC
10SC

ROMFORD  -  CRANHAM
Contract renewal

 

Operating Garages

RD Hornchurch
Changeover at garage after 1970
Pre 1970 was at Upminster Station

BT Blue Triangle

RM Rainham
Changeover at Romford Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Ian Armstrong 2020
Date of edit   Saturday, 21.09.19