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London Transport
Country Area Routes 370–379

North of the Thames

Last updated 27-07-06.

370 370 FARE STAGE - 370A FARE STAGE

Route 370 ran daily between Tilbury Ferry and Romford LT Garage via Tilbury, Chadwell St. Mary, Grays, North Stifford, South and North Ockendon, Corbets Tey, Upminster and Hornchurch. The route still runs today between Grays and Romford. Route 370A followed the same route as far as Grays, but diverted to Purfleet Station via East Purfleet and ran mainly during peak times and not at all on Sunday.

The first plate was once for route 370A but the “A” has been ground off officially as was sometimes done in the interests of economy or speed. The second “E” plate is hand-painted onto sheet aluminum, hence the slight irregularities in the lettering.


Route 370A ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Tilbury Ferry and Purfleet Station via Tilbury, Chadwell St. Mary, Grays and East Purfleet.

370A

371

Route 371 ran between Tilbury (Feenan Highway) and Rainham (Memorial) via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner, Aveley and Wennington.


Route 371A ran between Tilbury (Feenhm Highway) and Purfleet Station via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner and East Purfleet.

371A

371B 371B

Route 371B ran between Tilbury (Feenhm Highway) and Rainham (Memorial) via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner, Aveley (where it diverged briefly from the 371), Rainham and Wennington. It was operated by Grays [GY] garage using RTs in the 1950s and 1960s, converting to RF single deckers towards the end of the 1960s. In the 1970s, by then under London Country, short Nationals were used.


Route 374 ran between Uplands Estate and Linford (Butts Lane) via Stonehouse Corner, West Thurrock, Grays, Chadwell St. Mary, West Tilbury, Low Street Station and East Tilbury. On Monday to Saturday it was extended from Uplands Estate to Aveley (Tunnel Garage)

374

375

Route 375 was introduced quite late in London Country days as the new number for the previous 300 route running between Purfleet Station and Stifford Clays (Whitmore Avenue) via East Purfleet, Stonehouse Corner, West Thurrock, Grays and Turps Corner. The renumbering was caused by the 300 number being needed for the renumbering of the 303A to eliminate the “A” suffix, as was a fad of London Country during the ’70s.


Route 377 was a works service that ran between Apsley Mills and Redbourn via Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead town centre, Maylands Avenue and Cupid Green. There were very few journeys, and some were numbered 377A or 377B for slight variations. The whole of the 377/A/B family was a very infrequent and complicated group of routes generally running only during Monday to Friday peak hours which were operated by RTs. There would have been very few stops with “E” plates, probably only in the Apsley Mills and Town Centre area, and this is therefore extrememly rare.

377

377B 377B

Route 377B ran in the Hemel Hempstead area between Apsley Mills and Redbourn with a couple of journeys to Friars Wash.

The first plate is especially interesting because I believe this is a particularly old one with the much larger style of numbers, and it has an unusually small suffix letter. The weathering shows that the route hardly changed, right through to the ’70s, so it is likely to date from the earlier days of “E” plates on the route, which probably accounts for it being unusually heavy.


Route 378 was a Hemel Hempstead local works service running during Monday to Friday rush hours, lunchtimes and a couple of Saturday journeys, between Apsley Mills and Gadebridge via Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead Station and Chaulden. Some journeys ran to Boxmoor (Wharf Road).

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379

Route 379 was introduced quite late in London Country days, running on market days only between Hertford (Bus Station) and Stevenage (Bus Station) via Bramfield, Bulls Green, Nut Croft, Datchworth, Woolmer Green and Knebworth. It covered many of the roads previously served by route 329 between Hertford and Nup End which had been withdrawn some years earlier. Surprisingly, the 379 became quite successful with extra journeys being added. The route still runs today.

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