London Transport
Central Area Routes 80–82

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In 1949 route 80 ran daily from Tooting Broadway to Lower Kingswood (Mint Arms) via Mitcham, St. Helier, Rose Hill, Sutton, Belmont, Banstead, Burgh Heath and Kingswood. For 20 years there were no changes until it was converted to one-person-operation and diverted at Sutton from Tooting to Morden via Sutton Common Road, and extended in Lower Kingswood from Mint Arms to Rookery Way. In 1976 the Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn between Belmont and Lower Kingswood (replaced by an extended route 280), and in 1980 it was further withdrawn between Sutton and Belmont. In April 1982 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Belmont and Lower Kingswood, but in September the Monday to Friday journeys (except evenings) were extended from Sutton to Belmont. The next year daily service was extended from Morden to Putney Bridge Station via Wimbledon and Putney Heath over route 93. In 1988 the route was withdrawn between Morden and Putney but extended Monday to Saturday except evenings from Belmont to Banstead Village. In 1991 journeys were diverted via Highdown Prison. In 1996 it was once again withdrawn beyond Belmont, but extended from Morden to Hackbridge (Reynolds Close) via St. Helier, Wrythe Lane, and Green Wrythe Lane.

DMS 2368
◀ Between 1983 and 1988 route 80 and 93 provided a joint service from Morden to Putney. DMS 2368 [OJD368R] is seen at Putney Bridge Station on the 30th of September 1984.
D 2621 [THX621S] has just passed the old trollybus turning circle at Sutton Green and will soon travel past Sutton garage on its way to Morden. It is in full SuttonBus livery with a yellow band, and mushroom skirt and fleet names. (Some buses also had the garage phone number on the towing panel but this didn’t last long). This view was taken on the 8th of June 1991; within a year it will have been broken up at P.V.S. ▶
Photos courtesy the DMS Bus Page
D 2621

This “E” plate is from before 23rd October 1976, when the 80A changed from a daily to Sunday-only service.

Route 80A ran daily from Tooting Broadway to Walton-on-the-Hill via Mitcham, St. Helier, Rose Hill, Sutton, Belmont, Burgh Heath and Tadworth. Originally using D-type Daimlers, it was converted to the RTL-type in 1953 and then RTs in 1954. In 1969 it was diverted at Sutton to Morden Station via Sutton Common Road, and converted to one-man-operated single-deck RFs. In June 1976 the RFs were replaced by the BL-type, and four months later Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn and replaced by new route 280A. In 1979 the 80A was rerouted between Belmont and Banstead via Bolters Lane, Banstead High Street, Sutton Lane and Cotswold Road; and between Banstead and Tadworth via Merland Rise, Tattenham Corner Station, Great Tattenhams and Tattenham Way to replace withdrawn route 164A. In 1979 the BLs were replaced by the double-deck DMS-type. The route was withdrawn in 1982.

Route 81 ran daily between Hounslow Garage and Slough Station via Hounslow West, Cranford, Harlington Corner, Harmondsworth, Longford, Bath Road, Colnbrook and Langley. It was extended on Saturday and Sunday afternoons to Windsor Castle. In 1963 it was withdrawn between Slough and Windsor Castle. In 1966 it was extended on Sundays from Hounslow to Shepherd’s Bush Green via Isleworth, Brentford, Turnham Green and Goldhawk Road. The extension to Shepherd’s Bush was withdrawn in 1969. In 1985 it became the very first route to be operated under tender for London Transport, and was worked by Len Wright Travel doing business as London Buslines using yellow and brown DMS buses.

Windsor (Route 81)
This 1926 poster for the London General Omnibus Company’s route 81 was designed by D. Paton.
© LondonTransport Museum
1931 route 81 timetable
This timetable panel for route 81 journeys to Windsor Castle is dated December 1931 but titled SUMMER SERVICE 1932.
1972 route 81 timetable
A more recent timetable for the 81—now only running as far as Slough—effective 30.9.1972.
From September 2, certain fares which are below the rates normally paid, will be brought more nearly into line with the standard, so that passengers on all routes will in future be paying at rates nearer the standard, i.e., 2½d. for up to 1 mile and roundly 2d. per mile for longer journeys.
No single fare will be raised by more than 2d.
From September 23, with the approval of the Licensing Authority, the 2d. ordinary single fare in operation between Windsor, Castle Hill and Eton College, Burning Bush will be raised to 2½d.
1984 route 81 fare notice
London Buslines DM 1078 [GHV 78N]
London Buslines DM 1078 [GHV 78N] at Houslow West Station in 1987.
J.J. Eadon-Clarke photo; DMSHB
Because it crossed from the Central to the Country area, route 81 often had a problem with conforming with both fare schedules, as evidenced by these two notices. The one on the left is from about 1969; the right one is dated March 1984.
This “E” place could have come from Hounslow Bus Station.
I believe this plate came from Shepherd’s Bush Green.


Route 81B was introduced in 1954 running on summer Saturdays and Sundays between London Airport Central and Hounslow Garage via the airport tunnel, Harlington Corner, Cranford and Hounslow West. It was withdrawn for the winter but reintroduced daily the following year. In 1962 it was extended on Sundays from Hounslow to Shepherd’s Bush Green via Isleworth, Brentford and Chiswick, but the Sunday extension was withdrawn in 1969. The route was withdrawn completely in 1970 and replaced by new route 82.

◀ This “E” plate would have come from bus stops along the Sunday extension between Hounslow and Shepherd’s Bush during the years 1962 to 1969.
A special bus stop display from Hounslow Bus Station for stopping arrangements for routes 81B to London Airport Central, 116 to Bedfont and Staines and 117 to Lower Feltham, Staines and Egham dated 9.5.62, following the trolleybus conversion of route 657 which finished on the previous day. The other side of this double-length display (of which only the top half is shown) is blank. This display is slightly larger than two sheets of A4 size paper. ▶
Routes 81B & 116 bus stop notice

The original route 82 ran between Stepney East Station and Rotherhithe (Amos Estate) via Rotherhithe Tunnel, Lower Road, Surrey Docks Station, Redriff Road and Rotherhithe Street. In 1952 it was extended in Rotherhithe to St. Mary Church Street. In 1964 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Stepney East Station and Surrey Docks Station, apart from garage journeys. In 1966 it was also withdrawn outside of rush hours on Mondays to Fridays and on Saturday afternoons between Stepney East and Surrey Docks, and withdrawn completely on Sundays. In September 1968 the route was converted from RTL to RT operation, and a month later it was withdrawn completely.

A new route 82 was introduced in September 1970, running daily between Hounslow Bus Station and Heathrow Central via Hounslow West, Cranford and Harlington Corner. It was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Hatton Cross via the Cargo Tunnel and Cargo Terminal, and further extended on Mondays to Fridays to Hounslow West Station. It replaced route 81B and provided the first regular bus service through the Heathrow Cargo Tunnel. Because the route ran as a loop, buses travelling clockwise had yellow destination blinds. On the opening of the Piccadilly Line extension to Heathrow Airport in July 1975, the 82 was withdrawn between Hatton Cross and Hounslow West via the direct routeing, and became a daily route between Hounslow and Hatton cross via Heathrow Airport. The route was withdrawn in September 1982 and replaced by route 202.

The current route 82 runs between North Finchley and Victoria and was introduced in 1986, long after enamel “E” had plates ceased to be produced.

Route 82 timetable notice
◀ Part of a front destination blind from an SMS bus. It is an original linen screen-printed blind made by London Transport’s Aldenham Works for Hounslow Garage, coded K and dated 26/08/71. Black destination readings denoted the service via Bath Road returning via Great South West Road, while yellow designated via Great South West Road and returning via Bath Road.
The top half of a special bus stop timetable display for route 82 to Heathrow Airport Central from the westbound stop in Bath Road at Hounslow West Station, with the coloured destination blind details for the two routings, dated 17 June 1972. ▶
Route 82 timetable notice
◀ These two “E” plates could have come from either the Rotherhithe or the Hounslow service; the others are all from the 1970–1982 route 82. ▶ 82 FARE STAGE
This “E” plate would have come from a stop between Hatton Cross and Hounslow West Station prior to 1975.
This “E” plate is especially rare and would have only only come from a couple of stops.
This plate is an unusual size—approximately 5 inches × 8 inches—because at the time the bus stops at Heathrow Airport were provided by the British Airports Authority and were non-standard. Therefore, a number of the plates at Heathrow were this size. This is a rare example of a painted “E” plate which was produced because of the non-standard size. It was sign-written by specially-trained staff at London Transport’s Works & Buildings Department.
This “E” plate would have come from a stop—possibly at Hounslow West where the route ran in three directions—where the message was too complex to incorporate onto the plate.
This “E” plate is especially interesting not only because of the informative wording, but also because of the error where terminal is spelt as TEMINAL. (It was extremely rare to get errors on “E” plates.) It would most likely have come from a stop at Heathrow Central, where buses ran both ways through the bus station.
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