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London Transport Trolleybus Routes


Last updated 02-12-05.

The ultimate demise of London’s trolleybus network was on 8 May 1962. The routes were assigned to the 5xx and 6xx series in the bus route renumbering scheme of October 1934.


Route 521 ran from North Finchley to Holborn Circus via New Southgate, Wood Green, Finsbury Park, Holloway, King’s Cross and Gray’s Inn Road, returning to King’s Cross via Farringdon Road. It was paired with route 621 which ran ’round the King’s Cross–Holborn loop in the opposite direction. The 521 and 621 were replaced on 7 November, 1961 by route 221.

Route 601 was London’s first trolleybus route (in the form of London United Tramways' route 1), and ran from Tolworth to Twickenham via Surbiton, Kingston, Hampton Wick, Teddington and Fulwell. It was replaced on 8 May, 1962 by route 281.


Route 603 ran from Tolworth to Kingston via Surbiton and Eden Street, with a circular loop in Kingston via Richmond Road, Kings Road, Park Road and London Road. It was replaced on 8 May, 1962 by route 283.

Route 639 ran from Hampstead Heath (South End Green) to Moorgate via Chalk Farm, Camden Town, Crowndale Road, King’s Cross, Islington and City Road. It was replaced on 31 January, 1961 by route 239.


Route 657 ran from Hounslow to Shepherd's Bush via Isleworth, Brentford, Kew Bridge, Chiswick, Turhnam Green and Goldhawk Road. It was replaced on 8 May, 1962 by route 117.

Route 660 ran from North Finchley to Hammersmith via Fichley, Golders Green, Childs Hill, Cricklewood, Willesden Green, Craven Park Junction, Harlesden, Acton Vale and Ravenscourt Park. It was replaced on 2 January, 1962 by route 260.


Route 662 ran from Sudbury to Paddington Green via Wembley, Stonebridge Park, Craven Park, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Royal Oak and Harrow Road. It was replaced on 2 January, 1962 by route 18.

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