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London Transport
Country Area Routes 360–369

North of the Thames

Last updated 28-08-06.


Route 360 was a London Transport Country Area route running between Luton (Park Square) and Caddington via Farley Hill.

Route 361 ran on Mondays to Saturdays as a circular service from St. Albans Bus garage via Chiswell Green, How Wood Estate and back via Chiswell Green to St. Albans. Some Monday to Friday afternoon journeys ran on to Harpenden (Church Green) via Sandridgebury Lane.



Route 362 ran daily between High Wycombe and Chesham (Nashleigh Arms) via Terriers Cross Road, Hazlemere, Holmer Green, Penn Street, Amersham and Chesham Broadway.

Route 364 ran daily between Flamstead Village and Luton (Park Square) via Friars Wash, Markyate, Woodside and Farley Hill. It was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Hitchin (St. Mary’s Square) via Cockernhoe, Tea Green, The Heath, Breachwood Green, Kings Walden, Preston and Gosmore. The route was taken over by Court Line around 1973 who subsequently folded amid great publicity. The route was apparently very picturesque, running along very narrow country lanes, but sadly I never managed to travel on it.



Route 364A was a branch of the 364 that followed the identical routeing except that it ran ran daily between Whipsnade Zoo and Luton (Park Square) via Kensworth and Markyate. It also suffered the same fate at the hands of Court Line.

Route 365 was introduced as a railway replacement service for the Luton to St. Albans line which was closed in 1965. The 365 ran daily between Luton (Park Square) and St. Albans City Station via Viaduct Arches, Newmill End, Coldharbour, Batford, Cherry Trees, Wheathampstead, Sandridge and St. Albans.



Route 366 ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Luton (Park Square) and Welwyn Garden City Station via Newmill End, Batford Corner, Cherry Tress and Wheathampstead. The route hardly altered over the years, which accounts for the very old plates.

Route 367 was a works service for Bata Shoe Factory and ran just a few Monday to Friday rush hour journeys between Bata Factory and Tilbury Docks (The Ship) via Chadwell St. Mary and Tilbury.


London Country short Leyland National SNB 227 [LPB227P] en route to the Bata factory at Chadwell St. Mary in July 1979.
Steve Fennell photo; LBIC70

A pre-war route 368 ran between St. Albans and Whipsnade Zoo.

The modern route 368 (which this plate is from) ran between Grays (Queens Hotel) and East Tilbury (Bata Shoe Factory) via Chadwell St. Mary, with a journey to and from Stifford Clays. The route was a very infrequent service running only during Monday to Friday peak hours to serve the needs of workers at the Bata Factory. There would have been very few stops with “E” plates, probably only in Grays town centre.

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