London Transport
Central Area Routes 27–29

Last updated 16-03-10.

Route 27 and 127 ticketsRoute 27 and 127 tickets

Two 2d London General tickets for routes 27 and 127. The shorter one is older, as it has the service numbers along the right side instead of across the top. ▶

Route 27 ran on Sundays only from from Archway Station to Hounslow via Tufnell Park, Kentish Town, Camden Town, Warren Street, Baker Street Station, Marylebone, Paddington, Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, Hammersmith, Turnham Green, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Twickenham and Whitton. In 1952 the route was diverted at Twickenham to run to Teddington, and introduced on Mondays to Saturdays. From 1953 until 1965 the Summer Sunday service was extended to Hampton Court via Bushy Park. In 1970 the Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Richmond (Bus Station) and Teddington and replaced by new route 270, and in 1982 the Saturday and Sunday services were similarly cut back. In 1991 the route was shortened at both ends to run only between Camden Town and Turnham Green, and replaced to Archway by the 135, and to Richmond by the 391. In 1995 it was extended from Camden Town to Chalk Farm (Safeway’s—now Morrison’s). It has been worked by Holloway [J], Shepherd’s Bush [S] and Turnham Green [V] garages amongst others, and has seen RT and Routemaster buses.

This “E” plate was once for route 27A and the A suffix was officially ground off when the suffix was dropped (visible in the picture). Nevertheless, it is especially interesting as the 2 is of the more curved Gill Sans variety rather than London Transport’s Johnston typeface.
This “E” plate came from the section of route between Richmond and Teddington, between the years 1970 and 1982.

◀ This plate came from the second of the two routes as this was the only one to run on Mondays to Saturdays, and even then only between 1966 and 1969. Being a FARE STAGE version it is obviously rather rare, and this is not an easy route to find “E” plates for.
Eight different geographical punch tickets from the routes 27/27A/27B group, issued in the 1940s and all with the older style large value overprint. Values range from 1d to 7d and include the longer 2½d value with transfer stage. ▶
Tickets courtesy jrs232.
Route 27, 27A and 27B tickets

In 1949 route 27A ran daily between Highgate (Archway Station) and Teddington Station via Tufnell Park, Kentish Town, Camden Town, Hampstead Road, Warren Street Station, Marylebone Road, Paddington, Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, Olympia, Hammersmith, Chiswick High Road, Turnham Green, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Twickenham, Cross Deep and Waldegrave Road. In 1952 it became Sunday only and was rerouted at Twickenham to run to Hounslow Garage via Whitton. It was withdrawn in 1958.

The next route 27A was introduced in 1965, running on Mondays to Fridays between East Acton (Brunel Road) and Teddington Station via East Acton Lane, Acton High Street, Gunnersbury Lane, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Twickenham and Waldegrave Road. In 1966 it was introduced on Saturdays between East Acton (Du Cane Road) and Teddington. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Richmond (Dee Road) and East Acton and revised to run on Mondays to Fridays only. The route was finally withdrawn in 1970.

Route 28 ran from Wandsworth Plain to Golders Green Station via Wandsworth Bridge, Fulham Broadway, North End Road, West Kensington, Olympia, Kensington High Street, Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park Stn, Kilburn High Road, Quex Road, West Hampstead and Childs Hill, with a limited-stop Monday to Friday peak hours extension from Wandsworth Plain to Kingston Vale (KLG Works) via West Hill, but these journeys were withdrawn in 1958. In 1963 a Sunday afternoon projection from Wandsworth Plain to Putney Heath (Green Man) was introduced via West Hill and Tibbetts Corner, replacing the withdrawn route 168. In 1981 the Sunday afternoon extension was withdrawn. The next year the 28 was extended in Wandsworth to the Arndale Centre, now turning at Wandsworth (Mapleton Road). In 1989 it was the first major route to be converted to minibus operation using MA-class Mercedes Benz 811D chassis fitted with Alexander 28-seat bodies, and was marketed as GOLD ARROW. In 1999 the route was withdrawn between Harrow Road (Prince of Wales) and Golders Green, replaced by new route 328. At the same time, night journeys were added as route N28. In 2004 low floor double deckers replaced midibuses. In 2006 route 28 was extended from Prince of Wales to Kensal Rise Station via Harrow Road, Kilburn Lane and Chamberlayne Road, which restored a link lost when route 46 was withdrawn in 1969.

The 28 is not an easy route to find on “E” plates.
This “E” plate came from the section between Wandsworth and Putney Heath and probably dates from the original extension in 1963.
This “E” plate is hand-painted or stencilled onto a piece of aluminum sheet, instead of the usual enamelled steel. Note the unusual form of the figure 8.
◀ A pair of the vinyl stickers used after the production of enamel “E” plates had ceased. ▶ 28 GOLD ARROW

I believe this “E” plate was posted on a stop between Southgate Station and Cockfosters Station during the years 1968–1970.
This plate probably dates from the period 1970 to 1977 and comes from the section of route 29 between Wood Green and Southgate (now covered by route 121).
SUNDAY “E” plates with a destination are quite rare, and my guess is that this one comes from Turnpike Lane Station where there were many destinated plates.
29 - 68
This “E” plate likely came from the vicinity of Camden Town where routes 29 and 68 intersected.
A 3d (1¼p) ticket for London General Omnibus Company Ltd. & Associated Companies’ service 29.

In 1949 route 29 ran from Victoria Station to South Mimms (Blanch Lane) via Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Road, Tottenham Court Road, Camden Town, Holloway, Finsbury Park, Manor House, Green Lanes, Turnpike Lane Station, Wood Green, Palmers Green, Southgate, Cockfosters, Hadley Woods, Potters Bar and Mutton Lane, with a Monday to Friday peak hours extension to Borehamwood (Chester Road) via Barnet Way and Elstree Road. On Monday to Saturday it ran in two sections: Victoria—Hadley Woods and Turnpike Lane—South Mimms or Borehamwod. In 1951 the Borehamwood terminal was changed to the Elstree Way Hotel. In 1953 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday journeys were introduced to Clare Hall Hospital. Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Potters Bar and South Mimms in October 1956, except for occasional journeys to Clare Hall Hospital, but was restored three months later. In 1968 Monday to Saturday service north of Southgate Station was replaced by new route 298, except for Monday to Friday peak hour journeys which now terminate at Cockfosters Station. In 1970 Sunday service was withdrawn between Southgate and South Mimms, replaced by new route 299. At the same time Monday to Saturday pm late journeys were terminated at Palmers Green (Triangle). In 1977 the 29 was diverted beyond Palmers Green to Enfield Town (Palace Gardens) via Winchmore Hill. In 1990 Monday to Saturday early morning journey to Enfield Garage were introduced following route 107. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Victoria, and the next year it was withdrawn between Palmers Green and Enfield, replaced by new route 329. In 2006 service was withdrawn between Wood Green and Palmers Green and replaced by a revised route 141.

Route 68 ran daily between Chalk Farm Station and South Croydon via Camden Town, Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Waterloo, Elephant & Castle, Camberwell Green, Denmark Hill, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, West Norwood, Upper Norwood, Thornton Heath and West Croydon. It was extended to South Croydon Garage in 1957. In 1986 it was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays between Euston Station and Chalk Farm. In 1996 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Euston and Chalk Farm, and it was also cut back from South Croydon to Norwood Garage.

A more detailed history of route 29 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

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