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Other Operators: A–D

Last updated 31-07-06.

A green lettering on white background scheme was normally used for “foreign” bus companies who operated into the London Transport area. As LT was responsible for all bus and coach stops in its territory, it produced these special “E” plates on behalf of those companies.

Alder Valley

Alder Valley was formed in 1972 from the merger of Thames Valley and Aldershot & District. It survived privatisation and several changes of ownership until 1992 when the name disappeared into Stagecoach Hants & Surrey. These “E” plates would have been found in an area west of London where their services mixed with those from London Country after 1970.

If anyone can more details about Alder Valley routes, I will be happy to add to the descriptions.

Alder Valley route 20 provided a regular daily service between High Wycombe (Bus Station) and Windsor Central Station via Wycombe Marsh, Loudwater, Wooburn Green, Bourne End, Cookham, Boulters Lock, Maidenhead and Fifield. One bus per hour was numbered 20A and served Hatch Bridge instead of Fifield.

This is a standard example of a split “E” plate where the operator’s name is shown once, and came from a bus stop in High Wycombe.

ALDER VALLEY 20-20A

25 25A 25B ALDER VALLEY

Alder Valley routes 25, 25A & 25B.


Alder Valley route 28.

28 ALDER VALLEY

29 - 29A  ALDER VALLEY

Alder Valley routes 29 & 29A.


Alder Valley route 42.

42 ALDER VALLEY

48A ALDER VALLEY

Alder Valley’s route 48A ran a short distance into the London Transport area at Addlestone.


Alder Valley ran express buses between London and Reading during the ’80s. One or both of these “E” plates may well have come from Heathrow bus station where the 310 and 300 converged.

“E” plates with the operator’s name above the route number are more unusual. The second plate is particularly notable in that it is black on the reverse.

ALDER VALLEY 300 310 ALDER VALLEY 300 310

300 310 311 ALDER VALLEY

The Alder Valley LondonLink group of routes ran between Victoria and Reading, I believe, and the different numbers represented different routeings. Some routes may have finished at other towns.

This “E” plate is a particularly unusual one as it shows three route numbers and an operator’s name.


Alder Valley route 320 was renumbered from service “C” on 23rd May 1976, and ran between London (Victoria) and Farnham via Staines. It was again renumbered, this time to X20 on 13th April 1980, lasting just under four years.

As can be seen by these two plates, there was great variation on the green colour used by London Transport on “E” plates.

320 ALDER VALLEY 320 ALDER VALLEY
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