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London Transport
Central Area Routes 10–14

Last updated 30-08-06.

Route 10 ran daily between Abridge (Blue Boar) and London Bridge Station via Chigwell, Woodford Bridge, South Woodford, Wanstead, Leytonstone, Stratford, Bow, Mile End and Aldgate. It was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Victoria Station via St. George’s Circus, Lambeth Bridge and Horseferry Road. In 1964 it was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays between Woodford Bridge and Abridge except for Monday to Friday peak hour journeys to Chigwell Station, with new route 10A covering this section. In 1968 the peak hour journeys were extended from Chigwell to Abridge, but the Sunday service was withdrawn between Woodford Bridge and Abridge. In 1972 it was converted to one-man-operation and withdrawn completely between Woodford Bridge and Abridge, and between Wanstead Station and Woodford Bridge on Sundays, and also withdrawn between London Bridge Station and Victoria. In 1976 it was rerouted on Mondays to Saturdays to Woodford Wells instead of Woodford Bridge, and was also extended on Mondays to Saturdays from London Bridge Station to Victoria Station via Elephant & Castle, St. George’s Circus, Lambeth Bridge and Horseferry Road. In 1977 it was withdrawn between Wanstead Station and Woodford Wells. In 1978 it was extended to Victoria Station on Sundays, although this was cut back again on Sunday mornings in 1985. The route was withdrawn completely in 1988. Today’s route 10 runs between King’s Cross Station and Hammersmith via Euston, Oxford Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner and Kensington.

Route 21 ran between Moorgate Finsbury Square and Eltham Well Hall via London Bridge, Borough, Great Dover Street, Bricklayers Arms, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Lewisham and Lee Green, with a Sunday extension to Farnborough Bull via New Eltham, Sidcup, Birchwood Corner and Swanley. In 1956, the Monday-Saturday service between Sidcup and Farningham was withdrawn and replaced by route 21A, then reintroduced in 1962, and yet withdrawn again between this section in June 1968! In January 1971 the Saturday service was withdrawn between London Bridge and Moorgate, and the Sunday service withdrawn between New Cross and London Bridge, with the Saturday service reintroduced between London Bridge and Moorgate in October 1978. During September 1980, the Sunday service was extended from New Cross to London Bridge. During the late ’80s, buses were extended to Foots Cray Tesco’s. Equally, in the late ’80s, one journey was introduced to West Kingsdown, with this being withdrawn in November 1997. During its time, buses ran out of New Cross, Sidcup and Old Kent Road garages, but buses now only run out of New Cross. This route now runs between Lewisham and Newington Green via New Cross, Old Kent Road, Bricklayers Arms, Great Dover Street, Borough, London Bridge, Monument, Bank and Moorgate.

A more detailed history of route 10 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

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Route 10 leaflet
Timetable leaflet for the one-person-operation conversion of route 10 starting 28 October 1972, with print code 972/3207S/49,000. This is a fold-out leaflet with brief details of the route and a fare table on the front. Inside are bus stop timetables for the service and on the back are diagrams showing how to use split entrance buses.
10 MON-SAT FARE STAGE - 21 MON-SAT
This “E” plate would have come from one of only a couple of stops in the London Bridge area, and it’s doubtful that another will surface, given that it is also a “FARE STAGE” plate.
10 WEEKDAY
← “WEEKDAY” was the older term that was used for Monday to Saturday routes, but as a five-day work week became more common it was replaced by the unambiguous “MON-FRI” and “MON-SAT”. It is therefore likely that these plates came from the section of route between Aldgate and Victoria Station. → 10 MON-SAT

10A MON-FRIThis “E” plate is for the 1970s version of the route as the 1960s 10A did not have any Monday to Friday sections.

Route 10A was introduced in 1964 and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Abridge (Blue Boar) and Leyton Green via Chigwell, Woodford Bridge, South Woodford, Wanstead, Leytonstone, Whipps Cross and Lea Bridge Road. It was withdrawn in 1968 and replaced by new routes 167A and 235.

A new route 10A was introduced in 1972 running on Mondays to Fridays between Victoria and Aldgate via Lambeth Palace, Elephant & Castle and London Bridge covering the southern end of route 10, and this was very short-lived as route 10 was re-extended to Victoria in 1976.

Timetable leaflet for the introduction of one-person-operation route 10A starting 30 October 1972, with print code 972/32095/29,000. This is a fold-out leaflet with brief details of the route and a fare table on the front. Inside are bus stop timetables for the service and on the back are diagrams showing how to use split entrance buses. →

Route 10A leaflet

Route 11 ran daily between Liverpool Street and Shepherd’s Bush via Bank, St. Paul’s, Ludgate Circus, Strand, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Victoria, Sloane Square, Chelsea, Fulham Broadway and Hammersmith. In 1970 it was withdrawn between Hammersmith (Brook Green) and Shepherd’s Bush, and in 1983 further cut back to Hammersmith Broadway. In 1986 it was re-extended to Shepherd’s Bush on Mondays to Saturdays except evenings, but cut back again in 1992 when it terminated at Hammersmith (Bus Station). In 1993 it was withdrawn between Fulham Broadway and Hammersmith and replaced by route 211 over this section. Route 15 ran from Kew Green (Sundays), via Kew Bridge, Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, Acton Vale, East Acton, Wormwood Scrubs, Barlby Road, St Marks Road, and Ladbroke Grove (Mondays to Saturdays), extended via Westbourne Grove, Paddington, Marble Arch, Oxford Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Fleet Street, St Pauls, Bank, Aldgate, Stepney, Limehouse and Poplar (Monday to Friday mid-days), being further extended via Canning Town, Plaistow and Upton Park to East Ham White Horse during Monday to Friday peaks and evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. In connection with the Trolleybus Replacement Programme, route 15 was extended from Poplar to East Ham at all times. Nowadays it runs between Paddington and Blackwall Station. Of course, the 15 is now one of just two routes using Routemasters, and this Heritage Route 15 runs between Trafalgar Square and Tower of London.

A more detailed history of route 11 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

Split “E” plates are always popular as they tended to be made for specific bus stops where there was insufficient space to display all route numbers on separate plates. This one is notable as the dividing line is not centred, making it rather unusual. It would have come from a bus stop between Bank and Trafalgar Square.

11 11-15

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Route 12 ran between Harlesden (Willesden Junction) and South Croydon (Red Deer) via Park Royal, East Acton, Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Elephant & Castle, Camberwell, Peckham, Dulwich, Forest Hill, Penge, Anerley, Norwood Junction, Addiscombe and East Croydon. In 1954 it was withdrawn between South Croydon Garage and South Croydon (Red Deer). In 1958 it was withdrawn on Sundays between Oxford Circus and Harlesden, and partly replaced by route 49. In 1960 it was re-extended on Sundays from Oxford Circus to Shepherd’s Bush. In 1972 it was withdrawn between Norwood Junction and South Croydon and replaced by new route 12A. In 1978 it was re-rextended on Sundays from Shepherd’s Bush to Harlesden. In 1986 it was withdrawn daily between East Acton and Harlesden, and between Penge and Norwood Junction. In 1988 it was withdrawn between Dulwich and Penge. In 1991 it was withdrawn between East Acton and Shepherd’s Bush. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Shepherd’s Bush. In 2004, the route was converted to articulated buses and shortened even further to run only between Oxford Circus and Dulwich, a shadow of its former self.

A more detailed history of route 12 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

12-39 MON-FRI
This “E” plate would have come from the common section of routes 12 & 39 between Westminster and Oxford Circus between 1963 and 1974.
Route 39 ran daily between Camden Town and Southfields Station via Hampstead Road, Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross Road, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Victoria, Chelsea, Battersea Bridge, Clapham Junction and Wandsworth. In 1952 it was withdrawn between Victoria and Camden Town on Sundays. In 1953 it was extended during Monday to Friday rush hours and on Saturdays from Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields via Kentsh Town. From 1953 until 1957 the summer Sunday service was extended from Victoria to Parliament Hill Fields. In 1958 the Sunday service was withdrawn completely, but reintroduced that summer between Southfields and Parliament Hill Fields. Later in 1958 the Sunday service was withdrawn completely and the service was withdrawn between Camden Town and Parliament Hill Fields, and further withdrawn on Saturday afternoons between Trafalgar Square and Camden Town. In 1961 it was extended from Camden Town to Parliament Hill Fields. In 1963 the Monday to Friday service was diverted at Trafalgar Square to Finsbury Park Station via Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, Camden Town and Holloway, and further extended during rush hours to Tottenham Garage via Manor House, partly replacing route 276, and the Saturday service was renumbered 39A. In 1964 the Saturday service was reintroduced on the 39 between Victoria and Southfields replacing the 39A. In 1970 the 39 was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Tottenham. In 1971 the Saturday service was diverted at Battersea Bridge to South Kensington via Fulham Road and renumbered 39A. In 1972 it was converted to one-man-operation. In 1973 it was extended from Southfields to Putney High Street via Tibbetts Corner, and further extended outside peak hours to Putney Bridge Station, when there was less traffic congestion. In 1974 the 39 was introduced on Sundays between Battersea (Parkgate Road) and Putney Bridge Station. In 1978 a Saturday service was introduced between Victoria and Putney Bridge, and the service was extended to Putney Bridge at all times. In 1990 it was withdrawn between Clapham Junction and Victoria and replaced by route 239, and it was also rerouted via York Road and Plough Road instead of East Hill, although this reverted back to east Hill soon after.

12-88
This “E” plate would have come from the common section of routes 12 & 88 between Shepherd’s Bush and Westminster.
Route 88 ran between Acton Green and Mitcham (Cricketers) via Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Vauxhall, Stockwell, Clapham, Balham and Tooting Broadway. During Monday to Friday peak hours and on Saturdays it was extended to St. Helier, running on to Belmont on Sundays. In 1961 the service was extended to Banstead Hospital on Sunday afternoons. The Saturday service was withdrawn between Mitcham and St. Helier in 1964, with the peak hour service being similarly withdrawn in 1970. It was withdrawn between Tooting and Mitcham in 1987 on Mondays to Saturdays. In 1988 it was extended beyond Acton Green to Turnham Green. The route was further cut back from Tooting to Clapham Common on Mondays to Saturdays in 1990, and soon after was cut back from Turnham Green to Marble Arch on Sundays, and Oxford Circus on Mondays to Saturdays. The Sunday service was cut back to Clapham Common the same year. In 1992 the Sunday service to Marble Arch was cut back to Oxford Circus, and in 1990 the whole service was extended from Oxford Circus to Camden Town via Warren Street Station and Hampstead Road.


Route 13 ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Hendon (Bell) and London Bridge Station via Golders Green, Swiss Cottage, Baker Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Aldwych, Fleet Street and Cannon Street. In 1952 it was withdrawn between Golders Green and Hendon, apart from garage journeys to Hendon Garage. In 1970 it was withdrawn between Aldwych and London Bridge and replaced by Red Arrow route 513 over this section. In 1978 it was extended from Golders Green to North Finchley, but withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Aldwych on Saturdays and Sundays. In 1982 it was re-extended on Saturdays from Oxford Circus to Aldwych, and similarly extended on Sundays in 1991. In 1993 it was transferred to Borehamwood Travel Services under the tendering scheme and withdrawn between Golders Green and North Finchley. It lost its Routemasters in 2005.

Route 30 ran from Roehampton to Hackney Wick via Putney, Fulham, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Kings Cross, Islington, Highbury and Dalston. It has been worked by Hackney [H] and Putney [AF] garages with RT, RTL and Routemaster buses.

Route 210 ran between Golders Green Station and Finsbury Park Station via North End Road, Spaniards Road, Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, Archway, Hornsey Rise and Stroud Green. In 1963 it was extended on Sundays over route 236 to Leyton (Hainault Road) via Highbury Barn, Mildmay Grove, Crossway, Ridley Road, Queensbridge Road, Hackney, Victoria Park Road, Hackney Wick, Eastway, Grove Green Road and Fairlop Road. In 1968 the Sunday extension was cut back to Leytonstone Station. In 1970 it was converted to one-man-operation and withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Leytonstone. In 1976 it was extended during Monday to Saturday shopping hours from Golders Green to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, and this extension now runs at all times.

A more detailed history of route 13 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

13 MON-SAT-30
← This “E” plate would have come from the short section between Baker Street and Portman Square which would only have been a handful of stops at most, but the split of routes where space was tight could mean that routes were combined differently. This is likely to be an extremely rare combination of totally unrelated routes at a time when “SAT” was still noted in red.



This “E” plate was likely from the stretch of road between Archway and Muswell Hill Garage [MH]. For a complete explanation of these journeys, please see the entry for route 210. →
13 AND 210 GARAGE JOURNEYS

14 FARE STAGE
14 SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
I cannot be certain where this “E” plate would have come from, as there was no section of route only covered by special journeys, so it might have been for just a single bus stop at a curtailment point, or it could have been for garage journeys to Holloway Garage. Nevertheless, a very rare plate for this major central London route.
Route 14 timetable slip
This is a bus stop timetable slip dated 8.1.72 with print code 1171/1014K/600 (2 ch ) 300. These used to be posted at stops where the service was considered to be frequent. It gives a description of the route from Hornsey Rise to Putney (Oxford Road). There is useful (?) information such as the service interval is “about every 4–8 minutes”, a warning that at certain times (but does not tell when) that it runs in two sections, and the last bus times at five timing points.

Route 14 is a very long-established trunk route and ran daily between Hornsey Rise (Favourite) and Putney (Oxford Road) via Holloway, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, Euston, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Fulham Broadway and Putney Bridge, extended during Monday to Friday rush hours to Kingston via Putney Heath, Roehampton, Kingston Vale and Norbiton. From 1953 until 1958 it was extended on summer Sundays from Putney to Hampton Court. In 1958 the rush hour journeys to Kingston were withdrawn, but the route was extended there on Sundays at all times. The summer Sunday extension to Hampton Court then continued from Kingston each year until 1965. In 1971 the 14 was withdrawn between Putney and Kingston and replaced by the introduction of the 85 on Sundays. In 1987 the 14 was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays between Euston and Hornsey Rise, but extended on Sunday afternoons from Hornsey Rise to Turnpike Lane Station. The route was also extended from Putney to Putney Heath (Green Man). Later that year the Monday to Friday off-peak service was withdrawn between Tottenham Court Road Station and Euston. In 1988 it was withdrawn between Crouch End and Turnpike Lane Station. In 1992 the 14 was withdrawn on Sundays between Euston and Crouch End and replaced by new route 91. In 1995 it was withdrawn at all times between Tottenham Court Road Station and Euston. In 2005 the route finally lost its Routemaster operation.

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