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London Transport
Central Area Routes 76–79

Last updated 11-08-06.

76
76
76 FARE STAGE
76 MON-SAT
76 MON-SAT
76 SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
76-97 MON-SAT
This “E” plate came from one of the bus stops on the common section of routes 76 and 97 between Tottenham and Dalston.
This plate may have come from the section between Moorgate and Waterloo after the Sunday service was withdrawn in 1970, as it appears to have been modified from a plain 76 plate with the addition of a sticker with the words “MON-SAT”. It is likely that this “E” plate came from the section of route to Brimsdown Power Station.

Route 76 ran daily between Victoria and Tottenham Garage via Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Mansion House, Bank, Moorgate, Old Street Station, Hoxton, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, extended Monday to Saturday peak hours and Sundays to Lower Edmonton. During Monday to Friday peak hours some journeys ran on to Brimsdown Power Station via Ponders End, and an additional service ran between Victoria and Liverpool Street Station. In 1958 it was withdrawn on Saturdays and Sundays between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except for a peak hour service to Westminster (Horse Guards Avenue). In 1970 it was withdrawn between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton except for the journeys running to Brimsdown Power Station. On Saturdays it was withdrawn between Mansion House Station and Waterloo, and on Sundays it was withdrawn between Moorgate and Waterloo. In 1978 it was extended from Waterloo to Victoria via Westminster on Mondays to Fridays, and extended from Mansion House to Waterloo on Saturdays. On Mondays to Saturdays it was diverted at Tottenham to run to Northumberland Park Station via Lansdowne Drive. In 1980 it was extended during peak hours to Northumberland Park Industrial Estate, but cut back again in 1982. In 1983 it was rerouted via St. Paul's and Ludgate Circus instead of Queen Victoria Street. In 1985 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Millbank and Horseferry Road instead of Westminster. In 1985 it was further rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Lambeth bridge and Lambeth Palace Road. In 1986 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours, and the Sunday service was withdrawn completely. In 1990 it was withdrawn between County Hall and Victoria. In 1992 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Mansion House via Aldwych and Ludgate Circus. In 1998 a Sunday service was reintroduced. In 2003 it was withdrawn between Tottenham Garage and Northumberland Park.

Route 97 ran between Brentford Half Acre and Greenford Red Lion via Northfields, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway, Eaton Rise, Woodfield Road, Pitshanger Lane, Scotch Common, Argyle Road and Ruislip Road.


77 MON-FRI
Route 77 ran daily between King’s Cross Station and Wallington via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Lambeth Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Tooting Broadway, Mitcham, Hackbridge and Carshalton. The route ran in two sections—Kings’s Cross to Tooting (Mitre) and Tooting Broadway to Wallington. In 1953 the Sunday service was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge and renumbered 77B. In 1957 the 77 was withdrawn between Euston and King’s Cross. In 1960 it was withdrawn between Aldwych and Euston on Saturday afternoons. In 1965 the Saturday service was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge and renumbered 77B. In 1973 the 77 was reintroduced on Saturdays between Aldwych and Tooting, and also reintroduced on Sundays between King’s Cross and Tooting to replace the 77B which was withdrawn. In 1981 the 77 was withdrawn between Aldwych and Euston, and diverted instead during Monday to Friday peak hours to Farringdon Street. It was also withdrawn between Tooting and Wallington, and extended on Mondays to Fridays from Tooting to Streatham Garage via Southcroft Road. On Sundays it was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross. In 1984 the Streatham terminus was changed to St. Leonard’s Church. In 1985 it was again diverted during Monday to Friday peak hours at Aldwych to King’s Cross instead of Farringdon Street. In 1986 it was converted to one-man operation and revised to run from Euston on Mondays to Fridays, Russell Square on Sundays and Aldwych on Saturdays to Tooting, extended on Mondays to Fridays to Streatham, but the following year the extension to Streatham was cut back and the route terminated at Tooting Station on Mondays to Fridays. In 1991 the route was standardised to run between Waterloo and Tooting Station via Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway.


77A MON-FRI

Route 77A ran daily between King’s Cross Station and Raynes Park via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Lambeth Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon. Some Monday to Friday morning journeys were extended to Worcester Park Station in 1956. In 1959 the Sunday service was diverted via Westminster Bridge and renumbered 77C, and the Saturday service was similarly rerouted and renumbered in 1965. In 1978 the Worcester Park journeys were withdrawn. In 1981 the 77A was reintroduced on Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday to Friday school journeys and Sunday afternoon buses were extended from Wandsworth to Putney Heath. In 1983 the 77A was withdrawn between Wandsworth and Raynes Park except for a Monday to Friday peak hour extension to Wimbledon Station which was withdrawn the following year. In 1990 the school journeys to Putney Heath were curtailed at Tibbetts Corner and a year later the route was revised to run between Aldwych and Wandsworth only.


Route 77B was introduced in 1953 as a Sunday-only variant of the 77, and ran between King’s Cross Station and Wallington via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Millbank, Vauxhall Bridge (the 77 ran via Lambeth Bridge), Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Tooting Broadway, Mitcham, Hackbridge and Carshalton. What was unusual (these days) is that it ran in two overlapping sections: from King’s Cross to Tooting (Mitre) and from Tooting Broadway to Wallington. It was also one of the last routes to be introduced using D-class Daimlers (along with RTLs). The Ds were replaced early in 1954 with RTs. In early 1957 it was withdrawn between Euston and King’s Cross. At the end of 1958 the Tooting Broadway to Wallington section was withdrawn and replaced by an extension of route 44 from Mitcham to Wallington. In 1965 the 77B was introduced on Saturdays between Euston and Wallington replacing the Saturday journeys on the 77 (but still via Vauxhall Bridge), and again running in sections. In 1969 the Saturday service was withdrawn between Aldwych and. July 1969 saw the Saturday route cut back from Euston to Aldwych. In October 1970 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Euston, only to be extended back to King’s Cross the following May! In October 1971 the 77B route gained RMs, but this was to be the last hurrah for the route. In May 1972 the Tooting to Wallington service was withdrawn and replaced by new route 115B. The 77B was withdrawn in 1973 when the 77 was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge, and the whole service was renumbered plain 77.

Eight years later (in 1981) the 77B had a reincarnation when it was introduced as another Sunday-only route between Clapham Junction and Raynes Park to replace part of the 77C (described below) when that route was withdrawn again. Operated this time by DMSs, it was not to be a long-running venture, lasting only two years and then withdrawn for the second time, replaced by new route 156. It’s fair to say that the 77B was never one of London’s best known Central routes, mainly due to only running on the weekend. Add in the overlapping sections (an unusual mode of operation for London), and this makes it a rather “unsung hero”.

The first “E” plate is more likely to have been made for the route’s second life, in which case it must be one of the last enamel “E” plates to be made as vinyl stickers were introduced from 1981 onwards. The second plate would have come from the common section between Euston and Westminster at a time when both routes were running on both days: between 1965 and 1971. It is not too common to find a split plate totally in red, showing a pair of suffix routes with both “SAT & SUN”, as latterly references to Saturdays were changed to black.

77B SUNDAY 77B SAT & SUN 77C SAT & SUN

77C SATURDAY
This “E” plate is likely to come from the Trafalgar Square–King’s Cross section.
77C SAT-SUN
77C SATURDAY KINGS CROSS
This plate would probably have come from Euston during the period when only the Saturday service ran there: between 1971 and 1975. As the plate is “destinated”, it is likely to be one of only two made.

Route 77C was introduced in 1959 on Sundays to replace the 77A which was withdrawn on this day, and ran between King’s Cross Station and Raynes Park via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon. In 1965 it was introduced on Saturdays, again to replace the 77A which was withdrawn on this day. In 1971 the 77C was withdrawn on Sundays between Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross, although in 1975 some early Sunday journeys were re-extended to King’s Cross. The 77C was withdrawn in 1981, being replaced by the 77 and 77A. There was a later route that carried the number 77C for schools, and it was the last route in London to have a “C” suffix.


Route 78 ran daily from Shoreditch (Calvert Avenue) to Dulwich (Plough) via Bishopsgate, Aldgate, Tower Bridge, Dunton Road, Old Kent Road, Peckham Park Road, Peckham, Peckham Rye and Barry Road. Originally operated by RTs from Nunhead [AH], Dalston [D] and Old Kent Road [P] garages, RTLs also ran on the route from 1954 to 1968. Routemasters first appeared on the 78 in 1963 on Sundays only, moving to Saturdays as well in 1969. In 1972 the route was converted to one-person-operation with DMS type buses, but these were replaced with Scania MDs in 1980. The 78 was converted from Scania MD to single-deck Leyland Nationals in 1981, and the following year double deck Leyland Titans ousted the LS class. In 1988, after almost 40 years of running between the same terminii, it was extended from Dulwich to Forest Hill, partly replacing the withdrawn section of route 12. In 1990 operation was transferred to London & Country on a two-year contract using Leyland Atlanteans and hired Fleetlines from South Yorkshire. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Peckham Rye and Forest Hill, now turning at Peckham Rye (Eastern Arm). In 1995 it was operated by Londonlinks, and in 1997 it moved within the Cowie group to Kentish Bus. In 1998 it was transferred within the Arriva group to Grey Green, then to to Arriva London North East in 1999. In 2000 the 78 was extended from Peckham Rye to Nunhead (St. Mary’s Road) via Nunhead Lane.

78

79 79 MON-FRI

Route 79 ran Monday to Saturday between Colindale Station and Perivale (Dawlish Avenue) via Canons Park, Kingsbury, Wembley and Alperton. On weekday evenings buses ran only between North Wembley and Alperton, and on Saturday evenings from North Wembley to Perivale. Only a Monday to Friday service was operated between 1966 and 1973. On Saturdays buses looped counterclockwise through Perivale via Bilton Road, Horsenden Lane, Bideford Avenue and Aintree Road.


Route 79A ran weekdays between Edgware Station and Perivale (Dawlish Avenue) via Canons Park, Queensbury, Kingsbury, North Wembley, Wembley, Alperton and Bilton Road, with some Monday to Friday rush hour and two Saturday journeys extended to Northolt Airport. Starting in 1954 on Saturdays and Sundays the 79A ran in an anticlockwise loop through Perivale via Aintree Road and Bideford Avenue, returning along Horsenden Lane and Bilton Road, and the service to Northolt Airport was cut back to Northolt (Target Inn). In 1956 the Sunday service was altered to run in both directions around the Perivale loop, but two years later the Sunday service was withdrawn. In 1966 the Saturday journeys beyond Perivale to Northolt were withdrawn. In 1968 route 79A was withdrawn between Alperton Station and Northolt except for Monday to Friday rush hour journeys, and replaced by new route 297. In 1969 the Northolt journeys became lunchtime only, and the remainder were transferred to route 79. In 1973 it was withdrawn between Alperton Station and Northolt. In 1980 it was extended from Alperton to Willesden Junction via Mount Pleasant, North Circular Road, Park Royal Trading Estate, Twyford Abbey Road and Acton Lane. In 1983 it wa withdrawn between Alperton Station and Willesden Junction and replaced by route 79, and also rerouted in Kingsbury via the Mall. In 1987 the 79A was renumbered plain 79 when it was transferred to London Buslines

79A MON-SAT 79A SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
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