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Central Area Routes 41–44

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Route 41 ran daily between Archway Station and Tottenham Hale via Hornsey Rise, Crouch End, Turnpike Lane, West Green and Broad Lane. It was extended on Mondays to Saturdays during rush hours to Ilford Station via Forest Road, Grove Road, South Woodford and Gants Hill. In 1958 it was withdrawn between Tottenham Hale and Ilford on Saturdays. In 1960 it was withdrawn completely between Tottenham Hale and Ilford and rerouted instead to Stratford on Mondays to Saturdays via Forest Road, Blackhorse Road, Markhouse Road, Leyton Station and Maryland. In 1961 it was further extended to Victoria & Albert Docks via Plaistow, Balaam Street and Freemasons Road replacing route 249A. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Tottenham hale and Victoria & Albert Docks and replaced by new route 241. In 1981 it was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Ferry Lane Estate. In 1984 it was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours and Saturday shopping hours from Archway Station to Highgate (The Wellington) via Highgate Village, but this extension was withdrawn again in 1985. In 1992 it was withdrawn between Tottenham Hale and Ferry Lane Estate.

BUS ROUTE 41 This is one of the famous—infamous, if you’re a trolleybus fan—yellow posters which London Transport put up in bus stop timetable panels, and on the trolleybus poles themselves, before each stage of the conversion programme between 1959 and 1962. This one was issued in connection with the withdrawal of trolleybus route 623 (although that is not mentioned on it) and informs that, as of April 27, route 41 will be replaced bewteen Tottenham Hale and Ilford by new route 123 (which replaced the 623 trolleybus) and route 41 will be extended to Stratford Broadway. It was printed in March 1960 with print code 360-692Z-7700/11 chgs (700) and described as Panel A for posting between Archway Station and South Woodford.
This style of poster has been used on London bus stops since the 1920s, using two holes at the top corners to hang the poster inside the frame or simply tied to one of the poles that supported the overhead wiring (although today’s versions are laminated and without the hanging holes). As such they were subjected to the weather. This example is not bad considering it was displayed during March of 1960.
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42 FARE STAGE
Fare stage “E” plates are always rather more interesting as they are far less common. Although not as pronounced as on the route 43 MON-SAT plate below, there is a larger-than-normal space between the two numbers on this plate.
42 CAMBERWELL
This plate may have come from a stop in Camberwell Road just before Peckham Road, where the weekday service turned off to loop around, and the Sunday journeys to Herne Hill and Norwood would have boarded at a different stop. Alternatively, it may have been posted at Aldgate Bus Station.

In 1949 route 42 ran daily from Aldgate (Bus Station) to Camberwell Green via Minories, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, Bricklayers Arms, Old Kent Road, Albany Road and Camberwell Road. In 1952 it was extended on Sunday from Camberwell Green to Norwood Garage via Loughborough Junction, Herne Hill and West Norwood to replace the Sunday withdrawal of route 48. In 1954 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Herne Hill and Norwood Garage. In 1955 the Saturday service was extended from Camberwell Green to Norwood Garage to partially replace route 48 on Saturdays. In 1956 Saturday service was withdrawn between Herne Hill and Norwood Garage. The following year it was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours from Camberwell Green to Herne Hill to again compensate for route 48’s partial withdrawal. In 1965 the 42 was withdrawn between Camberwell Green and Herne Hill on Saturday, with this section covered by new route 40B. In 1966 it was withdrawn between Camberwell Green and Herne Hill, with this section being left unserved. In 1970 it was converted to single deck one-person-operation, but double deck buses were reintroduced in 1973. In 1979 it again reverted to single deck operation, but was again converted back to double deck operation the next year. In 1985 the evening service was withdrawn, and later that year operation was transferred to London Country South East. In 1990 the 42 was converted to Metrorider minibus operation. In 1994 Darts replaced the Metroriders, and it was extended (except evenings) from Aldgate to Liverpool Street Bus Station. In 1996 a late evening service was introduced. In 1997 it was extended from Camberwell Green to Denmark Hill via Red Post Hill, and the contract was transferred from Kentish Bus (the new name for LCSE) to Limebourne. In 2001 operation was transferred to Connex Bus, and then contracted to Durham Travel Services the next year. When DTS went into liquidation in 2002, the service was transferred to East Thames Buses.


Route 43 ran between Friern Barnet and London Bridge Station via Muswell Hill Broadway, Highgate, Archway, Holloway, Highbury, Islington, Old Street Station, Moorgate and Bank. The Sunday service was withdrawn in 1958. A Sunday service was reintroduced in 1991 running between Muswell Hill Broadway and Moorgate, continuing on to Liverpool Street. In 1998 the Sunday service was extended to Friern Barnet, and diverted at Old Street to run to London Bridge Station via Shoreditch and Liverpool Street Station during market hours. The Sunday service has since been rerouted via Moorgate to follow the Monday to Saturday service.

Route 76 ran daily between Victoria and Tottenham Garage via Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Mansion House, Bank, Moorgate, Old Street Station, Hoxton, Dalston, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill, extended Monday to Saturday peak hours and Sundays to Lower Edmonton. During Monday to Friday peak hours some journeys ran on to Brimsdown Power Station via Ponders End, and an additional service ran between Victoria and Liverpool Street Station. In 1958 it was withdrawn on Saturdays and Sundays between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except for a peak hour service to Westminster (Horse Guards Avenue). In 1970 it was withdrawn between Tottenham and Lower Edmonton except for the journeys running to Brimsdown Power Station. On Saturdays it was withdrawn between Mansion House Station and Waterloo, and on Sundays it was withdrawn between Moorgate and Waterloo. In 1978 it was extended from Waterloo to Victoria via Westminster on Mondays to Fridays, and extended from Mansion House to Waterloo on Saturdays. On Mondays to Saturdays it was diverted at Tottenham to run to Northumberland Park Station via Lansdowne Drive. In 1980 it was extended during peak hours to Northumberland Park Industrial Estate, but cut back again in 1982. In 1983 it was rerouted via St. Paul’s and Ludgate Circus instead of Queen Victoria Street. In 1985 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Millbank and Horseferry Road instead of Westminster. In 1985 it was further rerouted between Waterloo and Victoria via Lambeth bridge and Lambeth Palace Road. In 1986 it was withdrawn between Waterloo and Victoria except during Monday to Friday peak hours, and the Sunday service was withdrawn completely. In 1990 it was withdrawn between County Hall and Victoria. In 1992 it was rerouted between Waterloo and Mansion House via Aldwych and Ludgate Circus. In 1998 a Sunday service was reintroduced. In 2003 it was withdrawn between Tottenham Garage and Northumberland Park.

A more detailed history of route 43 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in Central London (Ian Allan, 1986; ISBN 0 7110 1568 6).

Route 43 timetable
Route 43 timetable for service to London Bridge Station, dated May 1979.
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43 WEEKDAYS
This is the much rarer version, with the pluralised WEEKDAYS.
43 WEEKDAY
Weekday plates are always rather more interesting as the expression became ambiguous in the ’60s as more and more people started to work a five-day week rather than a six-day one, and so the expression was changed to MON-SAT.
43 MON-SAT
Of particular interest is the unusual space between the two numbers on this “E” plate.
43 MON.-SAT. - 76
This “E” plate would have come from the common section of routes 43 and 76, between Bank and Old Street Station.

44 FARE STAGE
44 SUNDAY
This “E” plate could have come from either the original Wallington extension, or the Blackwall Tunnel extension. In any case, it is a nice red Sunday variation on a long-established route.
DMS 2400
Sutton garage had a Sunday allocation on route 44 and DMS 2400 [OJD400R] is seen at Mitcham—the furthest north a SuttonBus would go in service—on the 23rd of October 1988 on its way to Aldgate.
Photo courtesy of the DMS Bus Page.

Route 44 was a tram replacement route that ran daily between between London Bridge Station and Mitcham via Southwark Bridge Road, St. George’s Circus, Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea, Wandsworth, Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway. In 1958 it was extended on Sundays to Wallington via Hackbridge Corner and Carshalton Station replacing route 77B. In 1963 it was extended on Sundays from London Bridge to Poplar (Blackwall Tunnel) via Aldgate, Stepney East and Limehouse. In 1964 the Sunday extension beyond Mitcham to Wallington was withdrawn and replaced by new route 115A. In 1967 the Sunday extension to Poplar was reduced to market hours only, and in 1971 was withdrawn between Aldgate (Bus Station) and Poplar. In 1988 it was again extended on Sundays from Mitcham to Sutton via St. Helier. In 1991 it was withdrawn south of Tooting Station and north of Vauxhall, and replaced to London Bridge by new route 344.

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