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London Transport
Central Area Routes 210–219

Last updated 30-08-06.

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 In 1970 it was converted to one-man operation and withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Leytonstone.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.

LS 231
SMS 231 [THX231S] taken in Fichley Road opposite the entrage to Golders Green station on 5th February 1978, on a garage journey to Muswell Hill.
Andrew Colebourne photo

Concerning the “13 AND 210 GARAGE JOURNEYS” plate above, Andrew Colebourne wrote:

During the period between 31st January 1976—when the 210 was extended to Brent Cross—and 27th October 1978 (which was the last day the 13 ran from Hendon garage), the 210 only ran on Mondays to Saturdays over the shared section of Golders Green Road as far as Highfield Avenue, where the 210 turned off towards Brent Cross station.

The 210 had a Muswell Hill garage [MH] allocation from the beginning (i.e. 1934, when it was renumbered from 110) for most of the time until 20th June 1986, when it became solely worked by Holloway [HT] Garage. It had a complicated series of garage workings to and from MH. These mostly joined the line of route at Archway Station, but there were also workings from Golders Green via East Finchley. The Archway workings certainly dated from the early post-War period (there is an Alan Cross photograph of an LTL “Scooter” with appropriate blinds), but I do not know when the Golders Green workings started. A timetable panel dated “8.8.76” shows the following;

Muswell HillFinsbury ParkArchway834
Muswell HillGolders GreenArchway12
Brent CrossMuswell HillArchway1
Finsbury ParkMuswell HillArchway421
Golders GreenMuswell HillArchway234

Note that the Monday to Friday (nine from MH, seven back) and Sunday (four from MH and five back) journeys do not “balance”. The allocation at 1st March 1976 from LOTS “SUP4” was ten SMS Monday to Friday, nine SMS Saturday, seven SMS Sunday (plus four SMS daily from HT), although the Sunday MH allocation was eight SMS by November. Hence there were a number of buses that worked “dead” from and to MH, unless the timetable panel did not show the journeys concerned.

Notably, when upper and lower case lettering was introduced for intermediate points on blinds, the 210 garage journey blinds had the intermediate point “ARCHWAY” in upper case. Similarly, workings via Golders Green had “GOLDERS GRN” in upper case—see my photograph of LS231. Evidently these workings did not exist in 1976 unless they were not shown in the timetable. However, the same routing via East Finchley was used by route 13 buses allocated to MH. There was also a short section between Muswell Hill Broadway and MH shared with the Archway 210 journeys: I think this is most likely to be the section where the plate originated—I do not remember seeing “E” plates showing either garage journey working in Finchley Road at the Golders Green end. Route 13 had a Monday to Friday-only MH allocation from 24th January 1970 until 27th October 1978 (RM until 19th October 1975, RML thereafter: the buses were used on route 102 at weekends except for about 13 months in 1974-75); it was six RMLs on Mondays to Fridays only during 1976. Not all of the buses worked in service from MH to Golders Green. Those that did not ran direct to Henleys Corner via the North Circular Road. I remember these preceding the evening peak.

I trust the above is of interest and that I have not bored you!

211 MON-SAT - 264 MON-SATThis “E” plate likely came from the common section of routes 211 and 264 between Kingston Bus Station and Hampton Court Station through Hampton Court Park, during the period August 1969 to January 1978, but possibly between Hampton Court Station and Hampton Station during the 21 months from August 1969 to April 1971.

Routes 211-264
Route 211 ran daily from Ealing Broadway to Ruislip Station via Gordon Road, Drayton Green, Greenford Avenue, Greenford, Yeading and Ruislip Gardens, with a Monday to Saturday extension to Ruislip (High Street). In 1950 and 1951 the Sunday service was extended from May to October to Ruislip Lido via Bury Street. In April 1952 the 211 was withdrawn between Greenford (Red Lion) and Ruislip—the withdrawn section replaced by an extended 97—but Monday to Friday morning peak journeys were extended to Greenford (Adrienne Avenue). This extension was very short-lived, being withdrawn after only seven weeks’ operation. In 1964 the route was extended from Greenford to Ruislip Station Monday to Saturday, replacing the withdrawn section of route 97. The route was replaced by new routes E1 and 273 in November 1968.
In August 1969 the number 211 was reused for a new Monday to Friday service between Hounslow Garage and Hampton Station via Hanworth, Bear Road, Swan Road, Hampton Lane, Hanworth Road, Nightingale Road, Broad Lane and Percy Road, with a Saturday extension to Kingston via Station Road, Thames Street and Hampton Court. No evening service was operated. The Monday to Friday service was withdrawn at the end of January 1971, and the Saturday service only lasted another two-and-a-half months.
In September 1971 the 211 reappeared as a new Monday to Saturday single-deck one-person-operation route between Kingston (Bus Station) and Walton-On-Thames (Hepworth Way) via Hampton Court, East Molesey, Walton Road, Terrace Road and Church Street, replacing the withdrawn section of route 131 between West Molesey and Walton. In 1972 it was diverted between Hampton Court and East Molesey via Hurst Park Estate, following River Bank, Hurst Road and New Road.In 1976 it was diverted at West Molesey via Field Common Estate, now travelling to Walton-On-Thames via Walton Road, Central Avenue, Pool Road, Molesey Road, Fernbank Avenue, Homefield Road, Oakbank Avenue, Fieldcommon Lane, Molesey Road, Rydens Road, Ambleside Avenue, Cromwell Road, Cottimore Lane and Terrace Road. In 1978 it was extended from Kingston to Tolworth Broadway via Penrhyn Road, Surbiton Station, Ewell Road, Berrylands Road, Park Road, Surbiton Hill Park, Raeburn Avenue, Elgar Avenue and Ewell Road, and Sunday service was introduced between Kingston and Tolworth. In 1979 it was converted to double-deck operation. In September 1982 the Sunday journeys were withdrawn, and at the end of January 1983 the Monday to Saturday service was also cancelled, partly replaced by revised route 216.
Today’s route 211 began running in 1993 between Waterloo (Taxi Road) and Hammersmith (Bus Station) via Westminster Bridge, Victoria, Sloane Square, Kings Road, Finborough Road (returning via Beaufort Street), Fulham Road, Fulham Broadway, Dawes Road and Fulham Palace Road. On 1998 contract operation was transferred to Travel London. In 2000 Travel London was acquired by Limebourne, and a year later Limebourne was acquired by Connex Bus. In 2002 the 211 was converted to double deck operation. In 2004 the name game went full circle, with Connex taken over by National Express, operating under the Travel London name!

Route 264 ran daily as a single-deck route using T-type buses from Hersham Green to Sunbury via Hersham Station, Rydens Road, Ambleside Avenue, Cromwell Road, Bowes Road, Hersham Road, Walton High Street, Walton Bridge, Gaston Bridge Road, Halliford Road, Thames Street and Green Street. In 1951 it was extended from Sunbury to Kingston via Hampton Station and Hampton Court, replacing part of route 216. In 1955 the vehicle type change from T to TD. In 1957 it was diverted at Sunbury via Windmill Road and Staines Road West instead of Green Street. In 1958 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and a year later the TDs were withdrawn in favour of RFs. In 1966 one-person-operation was introduced. Ten years later Bristol BLs replaced the RFs. The route was withdrawn at the end of January 1978.
In 1981 route 264 reappeared as a Monday to Saturday route using DMS double-deckers running between Putney Bridge Station and Roehampton (Danebury Avenue) via Putney High Street, Upper Richmond Road and Dover House Road. In 1982 Sunday service was introduced, and in 1983 the DMSs were replaced by Metrobuses. In 1985 Monday to Saturday journeys were extended from Putney Bridge to South Kensington Station via Fulham Palace Road, Lillie Road, Earls Court and Cromwell Road (replacing the withdrawn section of route 74), with southbound journeys from South Kensington diverted via Putney Bridge Station. In February 1987 the route was withdrawn, replaced by the 74.
Today’s 264 began running in August 1985, replacing part of route 64 on Monday to Saturday between (Longmead Road) and Croydon (Katharine Street) via Mitcham Common and West Croydon, with a Sunday extension to New Addington (Homestead Way) via Croham Road, Farley Road, Addington and Lodge Lane taking the place of the complete 64 Sunday service. In 1988 the route was extended from Croydon to South Croydon (Swan & Sugar Loaf) for Monday to Friday peak hour journeys, and to South Croydon Garage on Monday to Friday between peaks and during Saturday shopping hours. In 1990 the route was extended to run at all times between Tooting Broadway and South Croydon Garage. The withdrawn Sunday service to New Addington was replaced by a reintroduced route 64. At the same time Leyland Olympians replaced the D-type Daimlers used until then. In 2003 the 264 was extended from Tooting Broadway to Tooting (St. George’s Hospital) via Garratt Lane, Fountain Road and Blackshaw Road, returning via Tooting High Street. In 2004 the night service previously numbered N264 was incorporated into the daily schedule.

Route 212 originally ran daily between Finsbury Park (Wells Terrace) and Muswell Hill Broadway via Stroud Green, Crouch End Broadway and Park Road. In 1969 it was renumbered W7 when it became a flat-fare route. The next route 212 was introduced in 1970 and ran daily between Palmers Green Garage and Dollis Hill via North Circular Road, Finchley and Staples Corner, replacing part of route 112. In 1976 it was diverted to serve Brent Cross Shopping Centre. It was withdrawn in 1978 and replaced by route 112. The current Route 212 was introduced in 1981 and runs daily between Walthamstow (St. James’s Street Station) and Chingford Station via Walthamstow Central, Prospect Hill, Fulbourne Road, Highams Park, Chingford Hatch and Friday Hill. It replaced flat fare route W21.


213-213ARoute 213 ran from daily Kingston Station to Belmont via Norbiton (Coombe Lane), Traps Lane, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village, Sutton and Carshalton Beeches. It was operated by a combination of single deck T- and LTL-types from Sutton [A], Kingston [K] and Norbiton [NB] garages, with a couple of Qs on Saturday from 1950 to 1952. RFs appeared in 1953, and had assumed all service by 1955. In 1962 it was diverted at Norbiton via Kingston Hill and Galsworthy Road in order to serve Kingston Hospital. Also, the Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn between Sutton and Belmont, replaced by route 151. The route now ran daily from Kingston to Sutton Garage via Norbiton, Kingston Hill, Gloucester Road, Coombe Lane, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam and Sutton, with a Sunday extension to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches. In 1963 the service was converted to double deck RTs after the road was lowered at Worcester Park, and the Sunday extension from Sutton to Belmont was replaced by new route 213A. However, just 16 months later the Sunday service to Belmont was reintroduced with the withdrawal of the 213B. In 1966 Routemasters were introduced on Sundays. In 1969 all Sunday service was withdrawn, with the 213A extended from Sutton to Belmont to compensate. In 1970 Monday to Friday peak hour journeys were extended from Sutton to Belmont. In 1972 the route was converted to one-person-operation using DMS types. In 1978 the 213 was modified to a token experimental service running Monday to Saturday mid-days from Kingston to New Malden (Post Office), but was withdrawn after only six months, leaving the northern part of Traps Lane unserved. The remainder of the 213 was covered by routes 57 and 213A.

D2616 on route 213; date, location & photographer unknown.
D2616 on route 213; date, location & photographer unknown.
The number 213 was reintroduced in 1984 as a renumbering of the 213A, operated with Ds and Ms. The trunk of the route ran daily from Kingston to Sutton via Kingston Hospital, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, New Malden and North Cheam, then continuing to Sutton Garage (Monday to Saturday evenings), and extended to St. Helier Station via St. Helier (Rose) on Monday to Friday except evenings and Saturday shop hours. During Monday to Friday peak hours the 213 ran to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches, and on Sunday it branched off from St. Helier (Rose) to West Croydon (Bus Station) via Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, Hackbridge, Wallington, Roundshaw and Duppas Hill Road. In 1986 one single-direction-only peak-hour journey was diverted from St. Helier (Rose) via Reigate Avenue, Sutton Common Road, Forest Road, Love Lane and Green Lane to St. Helier Station, but it was withdrawn a year later. In 1989 the St. Helier leg was replaced by a revised route 151, and the Sunday branch was rerouted, now running via Ringstead Road and Carshalton Beeches instead of Green Wrythe Lane and Carshalton. In January 1990 school day journeys were extended in the peak direction only from Kingston to Ham (BAE Works) via Richmond Road, Kings Road, Park Road and Tudor Drive, but this projection was withdrawn after only eight months. In September the Belmont and West Croydon extensions were withdrawn, the Sunday service to Croydon being replaced by a re-introduced route 154. In 1991 single-direction-only journeys were added to and from Glenthorne High School via Rose Hill, Green Lane, Love Lane, Forest Road and Sutton Common Road. In 1997 the Glenthorne School service was withdrawn and replaced by a revised 613. At the same time NVs (Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties Palatine bodywork) replaced Metrobuses on the 213. In 2002 the route was converted to low-floor EVLs (Volvo B7TL/East Lancs Vyking 2).

Route 213A began on 8 May 1963, running Monday to Saturday between Kingston Bus Station and Sutton Garage via Norbiton (Clarence Avenue), Kingston Hospital, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village and Sutton, with a Sunday diversion from Sutton to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches. In January 1964 the weekday service was extended to Wimbledon Station via Suttom Common Road, Morden and South Wimbledon, (replacing route 286), and the Sunday service was withdrawn and renumbered 213B. In November Sunday service was re-introduced between Kingston and Morden Station, partly replacing withdrawn routes 213B and 286. In 1970 the 213A was withdrawn between Sutton Garage and Belmont, replaced by a revised 213 service. In 1972 the route was converted to one-person-operation, with DMS-types replacing RTs. At the same time it was extended to Belmont during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1976 Monday to Friday mid-day journeys to Belmont were introduced. On 4 February 1984 the service was renumbered 213.

And to complete the story, route 213B began operating on January 29, 1964 as a renumbering of the 213A because of a re-routeing at Sutton. It ran on Sundays from Kingston to Belmont (California) via Norbiton, Gloucester Road, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, Langley Grove, Coombe Road, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village, Sutton and Carshalton Beeches Station. It was withdrawn less than ten months later on November 18th when it was replaced by a re-introduced 213A between Kingston and Sutton and an extended 213 from Sutton to Belmont.

Route 214 was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for trolleybus route 615, and ran daily between Moorgate (Finsbury Square) and Parliament Hill Fields via Old Street Station, City Road, Islington (Angel), King’s Cross, Royal College Street and Kentish Town. In 1970 it was rerouted at King’s Cross to run via Crowndale Road and Camden Town to cover route 239 which was withdrawn. In 1989 it was extended on Mondays to Fridays from Moorgate to London Bridge Station via Bank and Monument. In 1992 the Sunday service was extended from Moorgate to Liverpool Street Station, and later that year it was revised to run at all times to Liverpool Street. In 1993 it was extended from Parliament Hill Fields to Highgate Village via West Hill and South Grove. The route now runs 24 hours a day.

Although the lettering size was never entirely consistent, this “E” plate has larger numbers, which were more common on older plates.
This plate is particularly unusual, as the wording “TERMINATING HERE” was not normally used. It probably came from the last stop at Parliament Hill Fields where passengers got off before the bus swung ’round to the stand. A very rare plate indeed!


Route 217 ran between Upshire and Alexandra Park via Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross, Enfield, Great Cambridge Road and Turnpike Lane from 1958 to 1968 without a Sunday service.

“WEEKDAY” was the old version of “MON-SAT” when a six-day work week was common, and so its age would tally with the pink discoloration found on older “E” plates. As with other older plates, this particular plate is also very heavy and thick.

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