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London Transport
Country Area Routes 350–359

North of the Thames

Last updated 17-07-06.

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▲ I believe this plate is a particularly old one with the much larger style of numbers, although it is true that the numbers were never of a constant size. However, the extreme weathering suggests that it may date from the earlier days of “E” plates on the route.350-351
350 ALIGHTING POINT-351

Route 350 ran in the northeastern portion of London Transport’s Country Area. My 1949 map shows the route running from Bishop’s Stortford to Hertford via Little Hadham and then Hadham Cross passing through Much Hadham... had enough of that! (Honest, there was also Hadham Ford.) In about 1960, the route was combined (as the 350) with the 342 which ran from New Barnet Station to Hertford, and RFs took over for the whole distance from New Barnet to Bishop’s Stortford replacing the RTs previously used on the 350.

Route 351 is described below.

A more detailed history of route 350 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).


Route 350A actually ran more frequently then the 350, and until the 1970s still retained a Sunday service. In the 1950s the 350A ran from Hertford to Bishop’s Stortford and served the villages of Hunsdon and Stanstead Abbotts instead of Wareside. In about 1960 the 350 and 350A routes were combined with the 342 which ran from the red bus area at New Barnet Station to Hertford via Potters Bar. Originally RT-operated, for the remainder of its life (after being extended over the 342) the 350A was operated by RF vehicles. It was renumbered 351 in the ’70s when the “A” suffixes were replaced in favour of three digit route numbers.

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351

There have been a few routes with the number 351 over the years. In the mid-60s route 351 ran as a limited stop service between Much Hadham and Buntingford via Widford, Wareside, Ware, Standon and Puckeridge as a replacement service for the branch line to Buntingford which closed on 14th November 1964, and as a result every stopping point would have carried an “E” plate. In the mid-70s the number was used for the renumbering of the former 350A, and ran between Bishops Stortford and New Barnet Station via Bury Green, Little Hadham, Much Hadham, Widford, Hunsdon, St. Margarets, Ware, Hertford, Hertingfordbury, Letty Green, Essendon, Brookmans Park, Little Heath, Potters Bar and Barnet.


Route 352 was an infrequent route providing just a few journeys on Wednesdays and Fridays between Dunstable (Square) and Dagnall via Whipsnade Turn. There was also a Saturday service of just a few journeys which ran beyond Dagnall to Berkhamsted (Bridgewater Road) via Northchurch. The route was withdrawn in 1973. The number was soon re-used for the renumbering of part of route 318, and ran between Watford and Hemel Hempstead via Croxley, Sarratt, Chipperfield and Bovingdon. Some journeys ran between Watford and Bucks Hill, which had previously been purview of the 318A.

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353

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.

A more detailed history of route 353 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).

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London Country AEC Swift SM476 at Amersham Garage on 5 August 1976. The centre “E” plate on the bus stop flag is identical to the one shown here.
Michael Furnell photo; LBIC70

Route 354 was a local circular service in the St. Albans area running both ways ’round the loop from Marshalswick (Chandlers Road) via Sandpit Lane, St. Peter’s Street, City Station and Fleetville back to Marshalswick.

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355

Route 355 ran daily between Harpenden (Church Green) and Radlett (Station Road) via Batford Corner, Cherry Trees, Wheathampstead, Sandridge, St. Albans, Park Street and Colney Street, and was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Borehamwood (Cowley Hill).


Route 355A ran Mondays to Saturdays between Harpenden (Church Green) and How Wood Estate via Batford Corner, Cherry Trees, Wheathampstead, Sandridge, St. Albans and Park Street.

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Route 358 ran between St. Albans Bus Garage and Borehamwood (Milton Drive) via London Road, Napsbury Gates and Shenley. I believe the first plate is a particularly old one with the much larger style of numbers, although it is true that the numbers were never of a constant size. However, the route hardly changed over the years, so it is likely to date from the earlier days of “E” plates on the route.


Route 359 ran daily between Amersham Station and Aylesbury via Little Missenden, Great Missenden, Wendover and Weston Turville Turn.

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