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Central Area Routes 110–115

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Route 110 ran daily between Twickenham Station and Hounslow Garage via Staines Road, Hospital Bridge Road, Powder Mill Lane and Hanworth Road. In 1960 it was extended from Hounslow to Cranford during Monday to Friday peak hours via Lampton, Heston and Cranford Lane. In 1963 the extension was also introduced during Saturday shopping hours, and in 1964 the Monday to Friday extension became all day. In 1966 the extension additionally was introduced on Sundays, but later that year the Sunday service was withdrawn completely, and replaced by new route 110A. In 1971 a limited Sunday afternoon service was introduced between Twickenham and Hounslow. In 1978 the Monday to Friday off-peak service was withdrawn between Hounslow and Cranford, and the Sunday service was withdrawn completely. In 1993 the Saturday service was withdrawn between Hounslow and Cranford, and in 1995 the Monday to Friday service was similarly cut back.

It is an especially interesting “E” plate as it shows SEE BELOW, which usually means the plate came from a specific bus stop served only at certain times.


Unusually, in 1974 route 111 only visited Kingston on Saturdays. As Kingston became more important as an outer London shopping centre, the bus network steadily expanded to serve the Saturday shopping-bag brigade. This plate was almost certainly made in the mid to late 1960s.
There’s no doubt as to the effective date of this bus stop timetable.

In 1949 route 111 ran from Hounslow Garage to Hanworth (Brown Bear) via Hounslow High Street, Hounslow West, Vicarage Farm Road, Heston, Lampton, Kingsley Road, Hounslow Garage, Hanworth Road and Hounslow Road, with a Saturday afternoon and Sunday extension to Hammersmith (Brook Green Hotel) via Twickenham Road, Staines Road, Twickenham, Richmond, Lower Richmond Road, Chiswick Bridge and Youngs Corner. In 1951 it was withdrawn between Richmond (Sandycombe Road) and Hammersmith, replaced by route 71. In 1952 Sunday journeys were withdrawn beyond Twickenham Station. From October 1953 until May 1954 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Hanworth and Twickenham Station. The following year the route underwent a major revision: it now ran from London Airport Central to Hanworth via Harlington Corner and Cranford Lane (no longer serving Hounslow via Vicarage Farm Road), Heston, Lampton and Hanworth Road, and extended only to Richmond (Sandycombe Road) only on Saturday afternoons, the withdrawn section being covered by new route 232. In February 1956 the 111 was withdrawn between Cranford (Queens Head) and London Airport Central except for peak hours and weekends, and five months later Sunday journeys were similarly discontinued. In 1957 Saturday service followed suit. In January 1958 Saturday evening service was withdrawn between Hanworth and Richmond. Six months later Saturday afternoon journeys to Richmond were cut back to Twickenham Station, but Cranford shorts were extended from the Queens Head to Berkely Arms. In 1960 the 111 was withdrawn between Cranford and London Airport, and in 1963 the Saturday afternoon extension to Twickenham Station was withdrawn. Finally, after years of contractions, in 1964 the route was extended Monday to Friday daytime from Hanworth to Hampton via Bear Road, Swan Road, Hampton Lane, Hanworth Road, Nightingale Road, Broad Lane, Percy Road and Station Road, and further extended Saturday shopping hours to Kingston via Thames Street and Hampton Court (although it was replaced by and extended route 110 between Hounslow station and Cranford except for Monday to Friday peaks). In January 1966 the Sunday service was withdrawn, partly replaced by extending the 110 from Hounslow to Cranford. A month later the 111 replaced the 110 between Hounslow and Cranford on Monday to Friday evenings, but these journeys were withdrawn in September ’68. In 1969 the route was converted to One-Man-Operation, replaced by new route 211 between Hounslow and Kingston, and reintroduced on Sundays over its entire length between Cranford and Hanworth. In 1971 the 111 replaced the 211 between Hanworth and Hampton Station Monday to Friday except evenings, then from Hampton to Kingston Saturdays except evenings. In 1975 service was expanded to run from Cranford to Hampton at all times except for Saturday shopping hours when it ran from Hounslow to Kingston. In 1978 the route was modified to run between Cranford and Kingston at all times. In 1981 it was extended from Cranford to Heathrow Airport Central via Harlington Corner. In 1982 it was diverted in Hampton via Hanworth Road, Acacia Road, Buckingham Road, The Avenue and Percy Road. Other than changing from single deckers to double deckers to minibuses than to low floor double deckers, there have been no other changes since the early ’80s.

The 111 has had quite a few changes of fortune, going from a quite boring suburban back-street route to the trunk route it is today. I doubt if anybody apart from enthusiasts would ride from one end to other because there are so many alternatives from Heathrow, such as the 285 or 726. In the early fifties the Hammersmith section was odd insomuch that the Richmond-to-Chiswick section was only worked by the 111 and then weekends only, mainly to cater to the cemetery crowds at Mortlake. In the sixties the Hounslow-to-Cranford section could not make up its mind between the 110 or 111, and in fact crews operated a joint duty schedule which was unusual for that period when flexibility with duty rotas was rare.

Route 112 was the famous North Circular Road route, running from Palmers Green to Ealing Broadway via Bowes Road, North Circular Road, Finchley, Brent, Neasden, Stonebridge Park, Hanger Lane and Ealing Common, with additional service between Brent Station and Park Royal Station. During the summer of 1950 there was a Sunday extension to Hampton Court via South Ealing, Kew Bridge, Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington and Bushey Park. From 1951 through 1954 the summer Sunday extension operated via Richmond, Petersham, Ham Common and Kingston insted of Teddington. In ’55 to ’58 the summer Sunday extension only ran to Kew Green. During the summer of 1959 Sunday service was extended over routes 65 and 83 to London Airport (Central) via South Ealing, Great West Road, Osterly, Lampton, Vicarage Farm Road, Hounslow West Station, Cranford and Harlington Corner. In 1965 the additional service between Park Royal and Brent was withdrawn, partly replaced by new route 187A. In 1970 the 112 was withdrawn between Finchley (Henley’s Corner) and Palmers Green, replaced by new route 212. In 1971 it was extended at Finchley to Manor Cottage Tavern, and converted to single deck one-person-operation. In January 1976 Monday to Saturday service was diverted via the new Brent Cross Shopping Centre, and that May the route reverted to double deck operation. In 1978 it was extended from Finchley to Palmers Green Garage, replacing the withdrawn 212. In 1981 Monday to Friday evening and Sunday service was withdrawn, and in 1987 the 112 was once again converted to single deck operation. In 1988 operation was transferred to Pan Atlas Ltd. with Leyland Lynx buses. In 1990 it was extended from Palmers Green to Wood Green via the 29, and rerouted at New Southgate via Station Road, Friern Barnet Road and Bowes Road instead of Telford Road, and rerouted to double run via Arnos Grove Station, so it now ran from Ealing Broadway to Brent Cross, via Hanger Lane, Stonebridge Park and Neasden, with a daytime extension to Wood Green (Redvers Road) via Finchley, Arnos Grove and Palmers Green. In 1994 it was withdrawn between Brent Cross and Palmers Green, replaced by the new 232, and operations were reassigned to R&I Coaches. A Sunday service was reintroduced in 1996. From 2004 Telling Golden Miller has operated the route.

This “E” plate is unusual as the rear of it is black. The back of most other plates are generally the same colour as the background of the face.
This FARE STAGE plate could have come from the Brent Cross Shopping Centre diversion.
This leaflet was distributed in 1971 to familiarize riders with the new one-person-operated SMS-type single-deck buses introduced on the 112 on 15 May 1971.
These two Sunday “E” plates are more than years old, as the Sunday-only extensions of the 112 ceased running in 1959.

This plate would probably have come from the bus stop at Brent Cross Shopping Centre where, for a while, there was an additional service towards Edgware. It is extremely rare, like most destinated plates, but it is particularly difficult to find plates for this route, possibly because it had a long strech of solo road along Watford Way with bus stops that did not carry “E” plates.
It is very unusual to find a plate that bears both a destination and days of the week. Having said that, I don’t know where this plate would have come from, although there may have been some journeys in the 1980s that ran from Edgware Station to the Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
These two “E” plates are examples from the period when Saturday was often shown in red.
Latterly, the use of red for Saturday services was discontinued.

Route 113 ran daily between Oxford Circus and Edgware Station via Oxford Street, Baker Street, St. John’s Wood, Swiss Cottage, Finchley Road, Hendon Way, Hendon Central, Watford Way and Edgwarebury Lane. In 1969 it was withdrawn on Sundays between Swiss Cottage and Oxford Circus, but re-extended there in 1975. In 1976 an additional service was introduced on Mondays to Saturdays between Edgware Station and Brent Cross (Shopping Centre). In 1985 the additional service to Brent Cross was withdrawn and replaced by route 186, and the service between Mill Hill (Apex Corner) and Edgware was withdrawn between the peaks on Mondays to Fridays and during the day on Saturdays, alhough this was reinstated to run at all times in 1987.

In 1931 route 114 ran daily between Northold Station and Edgware Station via Northolt Road, South Harrow, Bessborough Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, Wealdstone, Harrow Weald, Stanmore and Canons Park, with a rush hours extension to Mill Hill (Green Man). By 1934 it had been withdrawn between Northold Station and South Harrow, but ran daily to Mill Hill. By 1938 it had been extended from South Harrow to Rayners Lane via Eastcote Lane and Kings Road, but withdrawn between Edgware Station and Mill Hill. In 1957 the 114 was rerouted via Porlock Avenue between South Harrow and Harrow-on-the-Hill, but in 1966 reverted back to its original routeing. At the same time it was diverted at Eastcote Lane to and extended to Ruislip Lido via Victoria Road, South Ruislip and Ruislip Manor, replacing route 158 which now provided the withdrawn service between South Harrow and Rayners Lane. In 1970 the 114 was withdrawn between Harrow Weald Garage and Edgware except for certain peak hour school journeys to Harrow Weald (Masefield Avenue), being replaced by new route 286. In 1971 the route diverted back to Porlock Avenue, was converted to single-deck one-person-operation, and late evening service was withdrawn between Ruislip Station and Ruislip Lido. In 1972 some Monday to Saturday journeys were diverted from Porlock Avenue to Lower Road and Bessborough Road. Yellow blinds were used to distinguish these journeys. These journeys were withdrawn in 1978, replaced by a revised route 258. In 1983 the 114 replaced the withdrawn section of route 140 and was extended from Harrow Weald to Mill Hill Broadway Station via Kenton, Queensbury and Burnt Oak, with some Monday to Friday peak hour journeys extended to Mill Hill East Station via Bunns Lane. In 1987 it was replaced on Monday to Friday between Ruislip Station and Ruislip Lido by new route H13. In 1991 the peak hour extension to Mill Hill East was withdrawn, and operation was tendered to BTS. In 1995 the Sunday service to Ruislip Lido was withdrawn. In 2000 operation was transferred to Sovereign, and thence to London United in 2002.

Of interest is the route 114 “E2” plate, although the legend requiring the larger size has been covered over. I suspect it was to do with journeys to Ruislip Lido. There is also an unusual green “E” plate for route 128. The colour normally signified Green Line services, but in this case it was used to match the route branding, and is unique in its use of bright yellow characterss.
Andrew Colebourne photo

This is one of the plastic plates which superseded the enamel ones and vinyl stickers. This type of plate has a fitting on the back which fits into a kind of keyhole mounting on the bus stop flag.

115 MON.-FRI.
115 MON.-SAT.

During May 1948, route 115 ran between Wallington Belmont Road and Croydon Airport, via Manor Road, Hackbridge Corner, Mitcham, Streatham Road, Mitcham Road, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath and Purley Way. During October 1950, route 115 was extended beyond Croydon Airport to Whytleleafe via Purley, Kenley and Godstone Road. During November 1964 and December 1966, parts of the route were replaced by new services 115A and 115B. The route was withdrawn in April 1981.

The current route 115 operates between Aldgate and East Ham via Limehouse, Poplar, Canning Town, Barking Road and Upton Park.

Route 115A was introduced in 1964 running on Sundays only between Wallington (Belmont Road) and Croydon Airport via Carshalton Station, Hackbridge, Mitcham, Streatham, Thornton Heath Pond and Purley Way. It replaced part of route 115 on this day, and also the withdrawn section of route 44. Originally operated by RT buses from Thornton Heath Garage [TH], it was converted to Routemaster operation the following year, then to one-person-operated SM single-deckers in 1971. In 1972 a Saturday service was introduced, with some journeys extended from Croydon Airport to Purley, replacing route 115 on this day. In 1978 the service was renumbered back to 115, and the route was finally withdrawn in April 1981.

This “E” plate dates from the Saturday and Sunday operation between 1972 and 1978.

115A SAT.-SUN.
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