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London Transport
Central Area Routes 30–35

Last updated 03-08-06.

Route 30 is very long-established route running daily between Hackney Wick and Roehampton via Hackney, Dalston, Highbury, Islington, King’s Cross, Euston, Warren Street, Baker Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, South Kensington, West Brompton, Fulham, Putney and Dover House Road. In 1981 it was rerouted at Putney via Putney Heath, and extended on Saturdays and Sundays in Roehampton from Earl Spencer to Bessborough Road. Later that year it was withdrawn from Bessborough Road and diverted to Danebury Avenue instead. In 1982 it was withdrawn between Putney Heath and Roehampton, and also rerouted between Dalston and Hackney via Hackney Downs. In 1987 it was withdrawn between West Brompton and Putney Heath. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Euston and West Brompton and diverted at Euston to Trafalgar Square via Russell Square, Kingsway, Aldwych and Strand but the following year it was diverted at Euston to run over its old routeing to Marble Arch again.. It has been worked by Hackney [H] and Putney [AF] garages with RT, RTL and Routemaster buses.

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Route 31 is an old established route that ran daily from Camden Town to Chelsea (Stanley Arms) via Chalk Farm, Swiss Cottage, Kilburn, Westbourne Park, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill Gate, Kensington and Earl’s Court. In 1934 it was operating every three minutes, with a 47-minute end-to-end running time and a 7d maximum fare. In 1987 Sunday journeys were converted to one-man-operation, and in 1989 midibuses replaced double deckers. In 1999 the 31 was withdrawn between Notting Hill Gate and Chelsea, being replaced by new route 328. In 2005 the route was converted to low-floor double deck operation.


Route 32 was introduced in June 1970 and ran daily between Edgware Station and Kilburn Park Station via Burnt Oak, Colindale, West Hendon and Cricklewood. It was converted from Routemaster to one-man-operation in March 1971 after only nine months service. In 1981 some journeys were diverted to run to Mill Hill Broadway via Grahame Park Estate, but these were withdrawn between Grahame Park and Mill Hill in 1992 and withdrawn completely in 1996.

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Route 33 was introduced in 1962 and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Becontree Heath and Plaistow (Greengate) via Green Lane, Becontree, Bennetts Castle Lane, Longbridge Road, Barking, East Ham and Upton Park, extended on Saturdays to Canning Town. In 1965 the Saturday service was withdrawn, and the route was extended during Monday to Friday rush hours from Plaistow to Silvertown (Holt Road) via Canning Town. It was withdrawn on 31st December 1966, the same day as the Hounslow–Hammermsith–Kensington route 33 started!

The current route 33 replaced the western end of route 73, and ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Hounslow Garage and Hammersmith via Whitton, Twickenham, Richmond, East Sheen and Barnes, continuing on to Kensington (Queen’s Gate) on Mondays to Fridays, or Brook Green Hotel on Saturdays. In 1970 the Saturday shopping hour service was altered to run to Kensington. In 1982 it was rerouted at Twickenham to run to Fulwell Garage via Waldegrave Road and Teddington, and also introduced on Sundays between Fulwell and Hammermsith (Brook Green Hotel). In 1985 the daily service was extended to Kensington. In 1988 it was extended on Sundays from Fulwell Garage to Nurserylands Estate via Hampton Hill, but this was cut back again in 1990. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Hammersmith Broadway and Kensington.

Both of these “E” plates could have come from either route, which both had Monday to Friday and Monday to Saturday only sections.


Route 34 is a very long-established route running between Barnet and Walthamstow via Whetstone, Arnos Grove, Palmers Green and Edmonton. It had extensions at various times to Leyton Green and Downsell Road, or to Leytonstone. Latterly, between 1977 and 1981, the service in Leytonstone between Green Man and Harrow Green was reduced to just a few peak hour journeys. The route lost crew operation in 1977 and today’s route has settled between Barnet Church and Walthamstow.

This “E” plate is likely to have come from one of the few stops over the short section between Green Man and Harrow Green in the years 1977–1981. There would not have been many of them.

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This “E” plate would have most likely come from the common section of routes 35 and 48 between Shoreditch and London Bridge.

Route 35 ran between Clapham Common and Chingford Hatch via Brixton, Camberwell, Elephant & Castle, London Bridge, Liverpool Street, Clapton, Leyton, Whipps Cross and Highams Park. In 1968 the outer section was hived off as new route 235, and the 35 was cut back to various terminals in Hackney. Since 1991 the route has terminated at Liverpool Street. In more recent years it has been extended to Clapham Junction. It is still a major trunk route today, and it is difficult to believe that buses once ran through from Clapham Common to Chingford Hatch.

Route 48 ran between Whipps Cross and London Bridge via Leyton, Clapton, Dalston, Shoreditch and Liverpool Street.

A more detailed history of route 35 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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