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London Transport
Country Area Routes 320–324

North of the Thames

Last updated 08-08-06.

320 route map

Route 320 was a rather circuitous Hemel Hempstead local route that ran in a lazy “S” from Gadebridge to Vauxhall Road via Chalden, Boxmoor, Two Waters, Moor End and Adeyfield. It was later extended from Adeyfield to Woolmer Drive.


This “E” plate will have come from a bus stop served only at certain times, possibly a bus stand. The wording “SEE BELOW” is very rare to find.

Route 321 was a major trunk route running from Luton (Park Square) to Uxbridge Station via Kingsbourne Green, Harpenden, St. Albans, St. Stephens, Garston, Watford, Croxley Green, Croxley, Rickmansworth, Maple Cross and Denham. It usually ran in two sections: Luton to Rickmansworth, and Harpenden (George) to Uxbridge.

A more detailed history of route 321 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).

London General Route 322 & Route 325 Timetable - 31st January, 1934

Route 322 ran between Hemel Hempstead (Maylands Avenue) and Watford Junction via Highfield, Hemel Hempstead Town Centre, Moor End, Belswains Lane, Ovaltine Works, Kings Langley and Huntonbridge.

An early London Transport leaflet, still bearing the “General” mark, for routes 322 (Hemel Hempstead–Watford via Kings Langley) and 325 (Hemel Hempstead–Watford via Abbots Langley), commencing 31st January 1934. It includes timetables for both routes, a list of services in the area, and a map of Watford bus routes, including Watford High Street Bus Garage.



Route 322A ran on Sundays only between Warners End and Watford Junction via Gadebridge, Hemel Hempstead Town Centre, Moor End, Belswains Lane, Ovaltine Works, Kings Langley, Huntonbridge and Ridge Lane.

This is an especially nice “E” plate as it is of the less common variety of Sunday plates with “FARE STAGE” in black, rather than red.

Route 323 ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Orsett and Purfleet Station via Woodside Estate, Socketts Heath, Grays, West Thurrock and Stonehouse Corner.



Route 323A ran just a few peak hour journeys on Mondays to Fridays between Nutberry Corner and East Purfleet (Mill Road) via Socketts Heath, Grays, West Thurrock and Stonehouse Corner.

Route 323B was apparently a school service from Chadwell St. Mary to Woodlands Estate, Grays and Uplands Estate. Thanks to the individual who kindly supplied this information.



This is a temporary plate which was a cheaper version of the standard enamel “E” plate and had the same appearance from the front, but had a salmon coloured back and was made of possibly tin plate (but normally aluminum) with a thin glaze over the white and black facia. It weighs about 100 grams, which is about 1/3 of the weight of the full enamel version.
Autofare Buses Route 324

Route 324 ran mainly as a circular local route in Welwyn Garden City from Knightsfield via the station and the hospital, and thus there would not have been too many stops along the route with “E” plates, as these would have generally only been used where there were a number of bus stops, such at at the station and the Cherry Tree.

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