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London Transport
Country Area Routes 335–339

North of the Thames

Last updated 21-08-06.

335 335 - 353

Route 335 ran from Windsor to Watford via Slough, Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Chalfont & Latimer, Chenies, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Croxley, and, Croxley Green, .

Route 353 ran daily between Windsor (Bus Station) and Berkhamsted Station via Slough, Stoke Green, Stoke Common, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Amersham, Chesham and Ashley Green.

The split “E” plate is believed to be from Amersham Garage, but it could be from Windsor, as those were the areas where the two routes ran together.

Route 336 ran from Watford to Chesham via Croxley Green, Croxley, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Chenies, Chalfont & Latimer and Amersham. This is a very old plate for a route that hardly changed over the years, and probably dates from the days of the first bus stops in the country area.



Route 336B ran on Sundays only between Amersham Garage and Northwood Station via Amersham Station, Chalfont & Latimer, Chenies, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and Mount Vernon Hospital. There were just four return trips and they covered this section of Green Line Coach route 703 when the latter was withdrawn around 1965.

These are particularly interesting “E” plates, as relatively few country routes were Sunday only, and even fewer had “B” suffixes.

Route 337 ran between Hemel Hempstead Station or Two Waters Garage and Dunstable (Square) via Moor End, Hemel Hempstead town centre, Water End, Gaddesden, Studham and Whipsnade Heath. Although not shown as having a Sunday service in my 1965 timetable, I believe that there was a period when it ran on Sundays to Whipsnade Zoo. Later on the number was reused for the 331A when letter suffixes were being phased out in favour of three-digit route numbers.

It is especially unusual for Country Area “E” plates to be produced in red, as generally there were very few Sunday-only variations.



Route 338 ran between St. Albans Bus Garage and Harperpury Hospital via London Colney. Some journeys ran on to Radlett Station. This was a rather short route and I imagine there would not have been many “E” plates for it. There is also some discolouration which shows it to be a very old plate, and the route changed very little so it would have been in use until the end.

Route 338A provided just a few journeys to serve Napsbury Hospital at visiting times on Wednesdays and Sundays, and ran between St. Albans Garage and Radlett Station via London Colney, Napsbury Hospital and Harperbury Hospital. The normal service ran daily as 338 and bypassed the Hospital.



Route 339 ran daily between Harlow (Bus Station) and Warley (Eagle Way) via Potter Street, Thornwood, Epping Station, North Weald, Tylers Green, Ongar, Kelvedon Hatch, Pilgrims Hatch and Brentwood.

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