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London Transport
Central Area Routes 195–199

Last updated 25-07-06.

Route 195 was introduced in 1951 running daily between Stockwell Station and Norwood Garage via Brixton, Tulse Hill and West Norwood. In 1956 it was withdrawn on Sundays and covered by the new route 2B. In 1957 the 195 was withdrawn completely and replaced by an extension of the 186 from Crystal Palace to Victoria.

A new route 195 was introduced in 1959 running daily between Woolwich (Parsons Hill) and Eltham (Well Hall Station) via Plumstead, Wickham Lane, Welling, Bexleyheath, Bexley, Blendon and Blackfen. It was withdrawn in 1963 and replaced by routes 51 and 89.

The next route 195 was introduced in 1965, running between Perivale (Bideford Avenue) and Hayes North via Greenford, Ruislip Road, Allenby Road, Lady Margaret Road, Southall, Hayes Station and Lansbury Drive. In 1966 it was withdrawn on Saturdays. In 1967 it was extended from Hayes North to Charville Lane Estate. In 1968 the route was withdrawn

The 195 was once again reintroduced in 1971 as a daily service using Swifts between Greenford and Hayes Station. It was extended to Charville Lane Estate on Monday to Saturday (except evenings), and continued on to Perivale on Monday to Saturday (evenings excepted). It still runs daily, now covering much of the old route between Ealing Hospital and Charville Lane Estate via Southall and Hayes.

The “SPECIAL JOURNEYS” plate could have come from any of the three route variations, and would probably have been used for a single bus stop at an intermediate stand working used by odd journeys. →

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This plate either postdates 1950 and predates 1957 or postdates 1974, as route 196 only ran Monday to Saturday between those dates; however, the larger-than-usual numbers and the fact that this tile is heavier than most suggests that it could date from the earlier period.
Because of the amount of weathering and the use of the word “WEEKDAY”, this “E” probably dates from the years 1950-1957.
This plate dates from 1974 (or later) when the Sunday service was withdrawn. Unlike the older plate to the left, the days of operation are now spelled out, since the term “WEEEKDAY” is rather ambiguous, and many fewer people work a siz-day week nowadays.

Route 196 was introduced in 1950 replacing route 239 and part of route 68A and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Tufnell Park (Hotel) and Waterloo via Brecknock Road, York Way, King's Cross, Euston, Russell Square and Aldwych. In 1951 it was extended from Waterloo to Norwood Junction via Elephant & Castle, Camberwell, Herne Hill, West Norwood and Upper Norwood, and also introduced on Sundays between Waterloo and Norwood Junction. The Sunday service was withdrawn in 1958. In 1971 it was withdrawn between Euston and Tufnell Park and replaced by a new route 239. In 1974 it was withdrawn between Herne Hill and Euston and diverted to run instead to Brixton Station, and also introduced on Sundays. In 1985 it was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours to Kennington, with some early morning journeys further extended to Islington Green via Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Bloomsbury and Rosebery Avenue. It was withdrawn between Brixton and Islington in 1992. In 2005 it was extended from Brixton to Elephant & Castle via Stockwell, Lansdowne Way, Wandsworth Road, Vauxhall and Kennington Lane, replacing part of route 322.

Route 197 ran daily between Norwood Junction and Caterham Valley via Woodside Green, Morland Road, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley, Kenley and Whyteleafe, as long ago as 1948. In 1971 the Sunday service was converted to one-man-operation and renumbered 197B (which is described below). In 1974 the Monday to Saturday service was converted to omo, and the Sunday service was renumbered back from 197B to 197. In 1984 the 197 was withdrawn between Whyteleafe and Caterham Valley during evenings and all day on Sundays, and in 1986 it was withdrawn completely between Croydon (Katharine Street) and Caterham Valley.

This “E” plate would have lasted only three years when the 197 and 197B ran together, and is likely to be an extremely rare combination.


Route 197A was introduced in 1970 and ran on Mondays to Fridays between Norwood Junction and Thornton Heath Garage via Woodside Green, Morland Road, Lower Addiscombe Road, Landsdowne Road, East Croydon, Croydon and London Road, extended during peak hours to Thornton Heath (High Street). In 1973 it was converted to one-man-operation and diverted via Cherry Orchard Road instead of Landsdowne Road. The route was withdrawn in 1978.

Route 197B was introduced in 1971 running on Sundays between Norwood Junction and Caterham Valley via Woodside Green, Cherry Orchard Road, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley, Kenley and Whyteleafe, and replaced the Sunday service on the 197. It was withdrawn just three years later in 1974, making this a very short-lived route.



Route 198 was introduced in 1957 and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Uxbridge Station and Hayes & Harlington Station via Hercies Road, Hillingdon, Oak Farm Estate, Hayes End and Church Road, extended on Mondays to Fridays to Hounslow West Station via Harlington Corner and Cranford. It replaced part of route 98. In 1958 a Sunday service was introduced between Uxbridge and Hayes, but it was withdrawn later that year. In 1963 it was withdrawn during the off-peak on Mondays to Fridays between Hayes Station and Hounslow West, but it was extended during peak hours from Hounslow West to Hounslow (Bus Station). Later in 1963 some school journeys were extended from Uxbridge to Ruislip Station via Harefield Road and Swakeleys Road. The route was withdrawn completely in 1968 and replaced by changes to route 98.

A new route 198 was introduced as the Thamesmead area expanded in the 1970s as a partial replacement for the 194B, and ran on Mondays to Fridays between Woolwich and Thamesmead Eastern Industrial Estate via Plumstead. It was designed to serve the workers at the industrial area, hence the unusual operating times. Over subsequent years the route changed a little, becoming an all-day service at one stage, but this “E” plate dates from the the earlier years.

A more recent route using the number 198 currently runs between Thornton Heath and Shrublands.

With such detailed wording, this is an unusual example of an “E” plate.

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