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London Transport
Central Area Routes 160–164

Last updated 31-07-06.

Route 161 ran daily between Woolwich (Parsons Hill) and Chislehurst (War Memorial) via Eltham and Mottingham. It was extended during Monday to Saturday rush hours to Sidcup Garage via Perry Street and Foots Cray, and during Monday to Friday rush hours to Greenwich Church via Woolwich Road. In 1958 the Saturday service to Sidcup Garage was withdrawn apart from garage journeys, and in 1960 the Monday to Friday rush hour service was cut back from Greenwich to Woolwich Road (Victoria Way). This was further cut back in 1971 to Charlton Station. In 1980 the use of route number 161A was discontinued, and so a Monday to Saturday service was introduced on the 161 beyond Chislehurst to Petts Wood Station. In 1984 the Sidcup Garage extension was revised to run at all times, but in 1985 was reduced to just garage journeys, and then in 1988 back to Monday to Friday peak hours, and later that year just down to school journeys! At the same time the Charlton extension was withdrawn. In 1991 it was diverted at all times at Chislehurst to run via Bickley to Bromley North Station, and the Sidcup and Petts Wood extensions were withdrawn. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Chislehurst and Bromley. In 1999 it was extended daily from Woolwich to North Greenwich Station via Woolwich Road and Bugsby’s Way.

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161A WEEKDAY

Route 161A was introduced in 1953 and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Petts Wood Station and Woolwich (Parsons Hill) via Chislehurst, Mottingham and Eltham. It was extended during Monday to Friday rush hours to Greenwich Church via Woolwich Road. In 1960 the Monday to Friday rush hour service was cut back from Greenwich to Woolwich Road (Victoria Way). This was further cut back in 1971 to Charlton Station. In 1980 the use of route number 161A was discontinued, and route 161 took over the Petts Wood service for a few more years.


Route 162 was introduced in 1960 running between Stratford and Little Heath via Plashet Road, Green Street, Upton Park, East Ham and Barking, replacing part of trolleybus routes 689/690. In 1961 it was rerouted at Barking to run to Mayesbrook Park on Mondays to Saturdays, but the Sunday service was left unchanged and renumbered 162A. In 1965 the 162 was diverted at Upton Park to run to Wanstead via Forest Gate on Mondays to Fridays, with the Saturday service being renumbered 162A. In 1970 a Saturday service was introduced between Wanstead and Mayesbrook Park and in 1971 it was converted to one-man-operation. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Barking Garage and Mayesbrook Park and the route was withdrawn completely in 1993.

This plate shows no days of operation, and is therefore likely to date from the route’s earliest period when it ran daily for the short time between February 1960 and October 1961.

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163 MON-SAT

Route 163 was originally introduced as a tram replacement in 1952 and ran from Plumstead Common to Victoria Embankment via Woolwich, Greenwich, New Cross, Peckham, Camberwell, Kennington and Westminster. In 1965 it was extended on Mondays to Fridays through to Parliament Hill Fields via Tottenham Court Road, Camden Town and Kentish Town. The route was withdrawn in 1970.

As this plate shows “MON.-SAT.”, it obviously came from the section between Plumstead and Embankment.


Route 163A was introduced in 1959 and ran on Sundays only between Plumstead (Woodlands Estate) and Camberwell Green via Plumstead Common, Woolwich, Greenwich, Deptford, New Cross and Peckham, with early morning journeys extended to Kennington. It replaced the Sunday service on the 163 and provided a new Sunday service to Woodlands Estate. In 1963 it was diverted at Plumstead to Abbey Wood, and the early journeys to Kennington were withdrawn. The service to Woodlands Estate was replaced by a Sunday service on the 192. The route was withdrawn in 1966.

This is a nice example of an “E” plate for this route which only came in a Sunday variation.

163A SUNDAY

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Routes 164 & 164A map.My 1934 map shows route 164 running from Morden Station to Epsom Station via St. Heller, Suton, Belmont, Sutton Lane, Banstead High Street, Bolters Lane, Firtree Road, College Road, Alexandra Road and Epsom High Street. It then ran without change for nearly five decades—a remarkable record for any route!—until it was withdrawn between Banstead (Victoria) and Epsom in April 1982. The withdrawn section was replaced by new London Country route 418. Five months later Monday to Saturday evening service was withdrawn between Belmont and Banstead. In 1983 the Monday to Saturday service was extended from Morden Sation to Lower Morden via Hillcross Avenue over withdrawn route M1. In 1984 Monday to Friday peak journeys were extended from Lower Morden to Wimbledon Station via Raynes Park, Wimbledon Chase and Hartfield Road over route 156. In 1985 the 164 was withdrawn between Raynes Park and Wimbledon, but all Monday to Friday trips were extended from Lower Morden to Raynes Park. In 1986 Monday to Saturday evening service was withdrawn. In 1988 it was withdrawn between Belmont and Banstead and from Morden Station to Raynes Park. Beyond Morden it was extended daily to Wimbledon Station via Martin Way, Wimbledon Chase and Hartfield Road, replacing the withdrawn section of route 157. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Sutton and Belmont.


Route 164A was introduced in 1934, running from Morden Station to Burgh Heath via St. Heller, Suton, Belmont and Banstead. By 1938 it had been extended to Tattenham Corner Station via Tattenham Way. In 1979, after 45 years of operation, the route was withdrawn, partly replaced by route 80A. The 164A was always worked from Sutton Garage [A]. In the post-war years it saw D-class utility Daimlers, then RTs, and finally Routemasters before it was withdrawn.

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164A FARE STAGE
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