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London Transport
Central Area Routes 110–119

Last updated 11-08-06.

Route 112 was the famous North Circular Road route, running from Palmers Green to Ealing Broadway via Bowes Road, North Circular Road, Finchley, Brent, Neasden, Stonebridge Park, Hanger Lane and Ealing Common, with additional service between Brent Station and Park Royal Station. During the summer of 1950 there was a Sunday extension to Hampton Court via South Ealing, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington and Bushey Park. From 1951 through 1954 the summer Sunday extension operated via Richmond, Petersham, Ham Common and Kingston insted of Teddington. In ’55 to ’58 the summer Sunday extension only ran to Kew Green. During the summer of 1959 Sunday service was extended over routes 65 and 83 to London Airport (Central) via South Ealing, Great West Road, Osterly, Lampton, Vicarage Farm Road, Hounslow West Station, Cranford and Harlington Corner. In 1965 the additional service between Park Royal and Brent was withdrawn, partly replaced by new route 187A. In 1970 the 112 was withdrawn between Finchley (Henley’s Corner) and Palmers Green, replaced by new route 212. In 1971 it was extended at Finchley to Manor Cottage Tavern, and converted to single deck one-person-operation. In January 1976 Monday to Saturday service was diverted via the new Brent Cross Shopping Centre, and that May the route reverted to double deck operation. In 1978 it was extended from Finchley to Palmers Green Garage, replacing the withdrawn 212. In 1981 Monday to Friday evening and Sunday service was withdrawn, and in 1987 the 112 was once again converted to single deck operation. In 1988 operation was transferred to Pan Atlas Ltd. with Leyland Lynx buses. In 1990 it was extended from Palmers Green to Wood Green via the 29, and rerouted at New Southgate via Station Road, Friern Barnet Road and Bowes Road instead of Telford Road, and rerouted to double run via Arnos Grove Station, so it now ran from Ealing Broadway to Brent Cross, via Hanger Lane, Stonebridge Park and Neasden, with a daytime extension to Wood Green (Redvers Road) via Finchley, Arnos Grove and Palmers Green. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Brent Cross and Palmers Green, replaced by the new 232, and operations were reassigned to R&I Coaches. A Sunday service was reintroduced in 1996. From 2004 Telling Golden Miller has operated the route.

112← This “E” plate is unusual as the rear of it is black. The back of most other plates are generally the same colour as the primary front colour.

These two Sunday “E” plates are more than years old, as the Sunday-only extensions of the 112 ceased running in 1959. →

← The “FARE STAGE” plate could have come from the Brent Cross Shopping Centre diversion.

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Route 113 ran daily between Oxford Circus and Edgware Station via Oxford Street, Baker Street, St. John’s Wood, Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road, Hendon Way, Hendon Central, Watford Way and Edgwarebury Lane. In 1969 it was withdrawn on Sundays between Swiss Cottage and Oxford Circus, but re-extended there in 1975. In 1976 an additional service was introduced on Mondays to Saturdays between Edgware Station and Brent Cross (Shopping Centre). In 1985 the additional service to Brent Cross was withdrawn and replaced by route 186, and the service between Mill Hill (Apex Corner) and Edgware was withdrawn between the peaks on Mondays to Fridays and during the day on Saturdays, alhough this was reinstated to run at all times in 1987. Latterly, the use of red for Saturday services was discontinued.

This is one of the plastic plates which superseded the enamel ones and vinyl stickers. This type of plate has a fitting on the back which fits into a kind of keyhole mounting on the bus stop flag.
In 1931 route 114 ran daily between Northold Station and Edgware Station via Northolt Road, South Harrow, Bessborough Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Wealdstone, Harrow Weald, Stanmore and Canons Park, with a rush hours extension to Mill Hill (Green Man). By 1934 it had been withdrawn between Northold Station and South Harrow, but ran daily to Mill Hill. By 1938 it had been extended from South Harrow to Rayners Lane via Eastcote Lane and Kings Road, but withdrawn between Edgware Station and Mill Hill. In 1957 the 114 was rerouted via Porlock Avenue between South Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill, but in 1966 reverted back to its original routeing. At the same time it was diverted at Eastcote Lane to and extended to Ruislip Lido via Victoria Road, South Ruislip and Ruislip Manor, replacing route 158 which now provided the withdrawn service between South Harrow and Rayners Lane. In 1970 the 114 was withdrawn between Harrow Weald Garage and Edgware except for certain peak hour school journeys to Harrow Weald (Masefield Avenue), being replaced by new route 286. In 1971 the route diverted back to Porlock Avenue, was converted to single-deck one-person-operation, and late evening service was withdrawn between Ruislip Station and Ruislip Lido. In 1972 some Monday to Saturday journeys were diverted from Porlock Avenue to Lower Road and Bessborough Road. Yellow blinds were used to distinguish these journeys. These journeys were withdrawn in 1978, replaced by a revised route 258. In 1983 the 114 replaced the withdrawn section of route 140 and was extended from Harrow Weald to Mill Hill Broadway Station via Kenton, Queensbury and Burnt Oak, with some Monday to Friday peak hour journeys extended to Mill Hill East Station via Bunns Lane. In 1987 it was replaced on Monday to Friday between Ruislip Station and Ruislip Lido by new route H13. In 1991 the peak hour extension to Mill Hill East was withdrawn, and operation was tendered to BTS. In 1995 the Sunday service to Ruislip Lido was withdrawn. In 2000 operation was transferred to Sovereign, and thence to London United in 2002.


During May 1948, route 115 ran between Wallington Belmont Road and Croydon Airport, via Manor Road, Hackbridge Corner, Mitcham, Streatham Road, Mitcham Road, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath and Purley Way. During October 1950, route 115 was extended beyond Croydon Airport to Whytleleafe via Purley, Kenley and Godstone Road. During November 1964 and December 1966, parts of the route were replaced by new routes 115A and 115B. The route was withdrawn in April 1981. The current route operates between Aldgate and East Ham via Limehouse, Poplar, Canning Town, Barking Road and Upton Park.

Route 115A was introduced in 1964 running on Sundays only between Wallington (Belmont Road) and Croydon Airport via Carshalton Station, Hackbridge, Mitcham, Streatham, Thornton Heath Pond and Purley Way. It replaced part of route 115 on this day, and also the withdrawn section of route 44. Originally operated by RT buses from Thornton Heath Garage [TH], it was converted to Routemaster operation the following year, then to one-person-operated SM single-deckers in 1971. In 1972 a Saturday service was introduced, with some journeys extended from Croydon Airport to Purley, replacing route 115 on this day. In 1978 the service was renumbered back to 115, and the route was finally withdrawn in April 1981.

This “E” plate dates from the Saturday and Sunday operation between 1972 and 1978.



Route 116 ran daily between Hounslow Garage and Staines via Hounslow Heath and Bedfont. On Summer Sundays until 1962 it ran on to Old Windsor via Egham. In 1962 it was extended on Mondays to Saturdays from Hounslow to Turnham Green via Lampton, Osterley, Great West Road and Chiswick, and further extended during rush hours and on Saturdays to Hammersmith (Brook Green). In 1966 the Sunday service was withdrawn and replaced by the 116A. In 1968 the Hammersmith terminus changed to the Met Station. In 1969 the Monday to Friday off peak service was withdrawn between Hounslow and Turnham Green, and the Sunday service was reintroduced between Hounslow and Staines. The Saturday service was withdrawn between Hounslow and Turnham Green the same year. In 1971 it was converted to one-man operation and diverted to Brentford during Monday to Friday peak hours, but the Brentford terminus was soon changed to Great West Road (Ealing Road). The route was withdrawn between Hounslow and Brentford in 1982. In 1991 it was extended from Hounslow to Brentford, but withdrawn between Bedfont and Staines, although re-extended there again in 1993. In 1996 it was withdrawn between Ashford Hospital and Staines.

These “E” plates are for a rush-hours-only section of the route, which could either be for the peak-hour workings to Hammersmith in the 1960s or to Brentford in the 1970s.

Route 116A started running in 1966 as a Sunday-only route between Staines (Bridge Street) and Cranford (Berkely Arms) via Bedfont Green, Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Kingsley Road, Lampton, Heston and Cranford Lane, replacing parts of routes 110 and 116. It was a short-lived route, being withdrawn in 1969 when the 116 began running daily and a re-introduced route 111.



In 1949 route 117 ran daily from Egham Station to Hounslow Garage via Staines, Ashford Road, Ashford, Lower Feltham, Feltham and Hounslow Heath. In 1962 it was extended Monday to Saturday from Hounslow to Shepherds Bush Green via Isleworth, Brentford, Chiswick, Turnham Green and Goldhawk Road to replace withdrawn trolleybus route 657. At the same time Sunday service was withdrawn between Staines and Egham. In 1969 Sunday journeys were extended from Hounslow to Shepherds Bush, replacing withdrawn sections of routes 81 and 81B. In 1975 all service between Staines and Egham was withdrawn, replaced by an extended route 90. In 1978 the route was converted to single-decker one-person-operation, withdrawn completely between Brentford and Shepherds Bush, and reduced to Monday to Friday (except evenings) between Hounslow Garage and Brentford (County Court). In 1983 Sunday afternoon journeys were extended from Hounslow to Brentford. Just eight months later in 1984 the Sunday service was once again withdrawn between Hounslow and Brentford. Service was also introduced to Ashford Hospital, with buses bifurcating at Ashford via Church Road and Stanwell Road. In 1991 Saturday service was extended from Hounslow to Brentford, the Staines terminal was changed to the bus station, and operations were transferred to Tellings Golden Miller. Six months later operation was transferred to London & Country in 1992. In 1993 service was expanded so that the 177 ran daily from Hounslow to Brentford. In 1996 the 117 was withdrawn between Isleworth (Fire Station) and Brentford, and operation was transferred from London & Country to Armchair. In 2001 it was extended from Isleworth to West Middlesex Hospital via London Road and St. John’s Road. For many years Hounslow [AV] and Turnham Green [V] garages worked the route using RT and Routemaster buses.

Route 118 ran daily between Clapham Common (Old Town) and Raynes Park (Junction Tavern) via Poynders Road, Clapham Park, Streatham Hill, Streatham Common, Streatham Vale, Mitcham Common. Morden and Lower Morden. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Morden Station and Raynes Park and replaced by route M1 over this section. In 1987 it was diverted via Thornton Avenue instead of Brixton Garage, and in 1990 it was withdrawn between Streatham Hill and Clapham Common, and extended to Brixton Station during Monday to Friday peak hours. It was extended to Brixton Station at all times during 1994.

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Route 119 ran daily between Bromley North Station and Croydon (Barclay Road) via Bromley South, Hayes, West Wickham, Shirley and East Croydon. In 1961 it was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours from Croydon to Thornton Heath Garage via West Croydon, Waddon and Purley Way, and further extended the following year to Thornton Heath (High Street). In 1964 the Croydon terminus for the main service was changed to West Croydon Bus Station. In 1970 the 119 was withdrawn at weekends and replaced by the 119A on Saturdays and the 119B on Sundays. In 1978 the route was diverted at West Croydon to run via London Road instead of Waddon, and reintroduced on Saturdays replacing the 119A, and revised to run on to Thornton Heath (High Street) at all times. In 1985 a Sunday service was introduced to replace the 119B. In 1992 the route was withdrawn between West Croydon (Bus Station) and Thornton Heath (High Street). In 1996 it was extended from West Croydon to Croydon Airport (Water Palace).

Route 119A was introduced in 1970 running on Saturdays between Bromley North Station and Thornton Heath (High Street) via Bromley South, Hayes, West Wickham, Shirley, Croydon, West Croydon, London Road and Thornton Heath Pond. In 1978 the route was withdrawn and replaced by the introduction of the 119 on Saturdays.

Route 119B is described below.

Saturday-only “E” plates are always relatively unusual as so few routes ran only on that day.
This plate would have been used from 1970 until 1978 when the two routes ran together, and it is a highly unusual variation as it contains two replaced suffix routes for different days in different colours.


Route 119B was introduced in 1970 using RT buses running on Sundays between Bromley North Station and Thornton Heath (High Street) via Bromley South, Hayes, West Wickham, Shirley, Shirley Way, Croydon, West Croydon, London Road, Thornton Heath Pond and Brigstock Road. It was converted to Routemasters in 1975 and crewed Titans in 1984. In 1985 the route was withdrawn and replaced by the introduction of the 119 on Sundays.

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