London Transport
Central Area Routes 134–139

Last updated 17-11-09.

134 MON.-SAT. - PB1 MON.-SAT.
This plate most likely came from Potters Bar Station.
1d route 134 ticket
An early 1d Bell Punch ticket issued by the London Passenger Transport Board.

Route 134 ran daily between Pimlico (Dolphin Square) and Potters Bar (The Avenue) via Victoria, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Tottenham Court Road, Camden Town, Kentish Town, Tufnell Park, Archway, Highgate, Muswell Hill, Friern Barnet, Barnet Church and Hadley Highstone. In 1955 it was extended in Potters Bar to the station. In 1958 it was withdrawn between Victoria and Pimlico during the off-peak on Mondays to Fridays, and also between Potters Bar Garage and Potters Bar Station on Sundays. In 1969 it was withdrawn between Victoria and Pimlico on Saturdays and Sundays. In 1970 it was withdrawn between Warren Street Station and Pimlico following the opening of the Victoria Line. In 1975 it was extended to Tottenham Court Road Station. In 1983 it was withdrawn between Barnet Church and Potters Bar. In 1989 it was withdrawn between Friern Barnet and Barnet Church. In 1990 it was extended on Mondays to Saturdays from Friern Barnet to North Finchley, and the Sunday service was similarly extended in 1998.

Route PB1 was a Monday to Saturday minibus service that began operating in 1976 between Potters Bar Garage and Rushfield via Oakmere Estate, the High Street, Potters Bar Station, Baker Street and Dugdale Hill Lane. In 1977 the Saturday service was withdrawn outside of shopping hours, and it was rerouted between the Garage and Station to run via Chace Avenue, Southgate Road and The Walk. The PB1 was one of only two routes that had two letters in their route “number”, the other being the BWI in Borehamwood.

Route 135 ran daily between Forty Hill (The Goat) and Brimsdown Station via Baker Street, Lancaster Road, Chase Side, Enfield Town, Southbury Road, Ponders End, Hertford Road and Green Street, with some Monday to Saturday journeys continuing on to Brimsdown Power Station. In 1950 two Sunday journeys were also extended to Brimsdown Power Station. In 1971 buses were diverted at Forty Hill to run to Carterhatch instead of The Goat. In 1974 the route was converted to one-man operation on Sundays and the two journeys to the Power Station were withdrawn on that day. In 1977 the Monday to Saturday journeys to Brimsdown Power Station were withdrawn, and journeys were extended to Lockfield Avenue Industrial Estate instead, replacing route 135A. In 1980 the Monday to Saturday service was converted to one-man operation, and the route was withdrawn from Lockfield Avenue, and extended during Monday to Friday peak hours and some Saturday journeys to Enfield Lock Station via Mollison Avenue, Bilton Way, Newbury Avenue and Ordnance Road. In 1982 the route was withdrawn completely, mostly replaced by other routes.

From 1987 the number 135 was reused for a service between Archway Station and Marble Arch via Tufnell Park, Kentish Town, Camden Town and Oxford Circus, but this route started after the use of enamel “E” plates had ceased.

1971 route 135 & 135A timetable
A bus stop timetable card effective 18 September 1971 for Buses 135 • 135A via Ponders End and Enfield Town to CARTERHATCH.
For some reason “E” plates for route 135 are extremely rare.

135A MON.-SAT.

Route 135A was introduced in May 1962 between Forty Hill and Brimsdown Station via Baker Street, Lancaster Road, Chase Side, Enfield Town, Southbury Road, Ponders End and Green Street. Peak hour journeys were extended to the Lockfield Avenue Industrial Estate, and this was the reason for the “A” suffix, as the main 135 route ran daily between Forty Hill and Brimsdown Station, with journeys to the Power Station. From 1971 both routes were rerouted to Carterhatch instead of Forty Hill, and use of the 135A number finally ceased in August 1977. The route operated from Enfield Garage [E] using RT buses for its entire life.

Route 136 was introduced in 1966 running on Mondays to Fridays only between South Harrow Station and Harrow MET Station via Roxeth Hill, London Road, High Street and Peterborough Hill, serving new roads, and operated by just a single RF. In 1969 it was extended from Harrow via Headstone Road, Harrow View, Courtenay Avenue and Long Elmes to Harrow Weald Garage, and also introduced on Saturdays between Harrow and Harrow Weald, by now using two vehicles. The Saturday service reached South Harrow in 1971. In 1979 it was rerouted in Harrow Weald via Boxtree Road instead of Long Elmes. In 1985 it was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours to Northwick Park Station via College Avenue, Belmont Circle and Kenton Lane replacing route 209. In 1987 it was reduced to peak hours only and withdrawn between Harrow Bus Station and South Harrow. The 136 was withdrawn completely in 1991.

Today’s 136—introduced in1994 after the use of enamel “E” plates had ceased—runs daily between Peckham Bus Station and Grove Park Station via New Cross Gate, Lewisham, Catford and Downham, partially replacing the withdrawn route 36B.

A 1971 publicity leaflet to advertise the type change when the verable RFs were replaced by new MBS single-deckers.
136 MON.-FRI.

137 MON.-SAT.
1933 route 137 timetable1997 route 137 & 137A timetableA comparison of bus stop timetables for the 137. The first is from January 1933—one of the last printed by London General—when the route ran from Chertsey to Hounslow Garage via Feltham, Sunbury, Upper Halliford and Shepperton. (An earlier General 137 operated on Sundays only between Golders Green Station and Welwyn via Hendon, Watford Way, Stanboro, Lemsford and Ayot Green.) The modern one dates from 31 August, 1997, and includes the 137A to Streatham Hill.

Route 137 ran daily between Crystal Palace and Oxford Circus via Leigham Court Road, Streatham Hill Station, Kings Avenue, Clapham Common, Chelsea Bridge, Sloane Square, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch. It was extended on Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings to Archway Station via Great Portland Street, Warren Street, Camden Town, Kentish Town and Tufnell Park. In 1970 the Saturday afternoon service was extended from Oxford Circus to Archway. In 1987 it was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and Archway. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Streatham Hill and Crystal Palace, and withdrawn completely during evenings and on Sundays at which times it was replaced by route 137A. In 1998 it was reintroduced at all times replacing the Clapham Common to Oxford Circus section of the 137A.

Route 138 was introduced in 1940 and ran daily between Coney Hall and Bromley North Station via Hayes, Pickhurst Lane, Westmoreland Road and Bromley South. In 1954 it was extended on Saturdays and Sundays from Bromley North to Grove Park Station via Burnt Ash Lane, but this extension was reduced to just Saturday afternoons in 1956, and withdrawn completely in 1958, along with the entire Sunday service. The route was withdrawn in 1989 and replaced by an extension of route B1. The number was resurrected in 1990 for a new minibus service between Catford Bridge Station and Coney Hall via Downham, Downham Way, Bromley North, Bromley South and much of the old 138 route.

2d London General ticket
◀ This ticket dates from the late 1920s when London General’s route 138 ran from Victoria Station to Loughton via Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Bloomsbury, Islington, Nagel, Mildmay Park, Dalston, Hackney, Clapton, Leyton, Whipps Cross, Woodford, Woodford Wells and Buckhurst Hill. The 38A ran from Victoria to Walthamstow (Chapel End), and the two routes provided a joint service as far as Bakers Arms.
Star Rider SR62 [F162FWY] waits on the stand at Catford Bridge some time during the autumn of 1990. ▶
Photo courtesy of London Bus Routes.

This plate is especially interesting: firstly as it shows SATURDAY, which is relatively uncommon on “E” plates; and secondly it states SEE BELOW which usually means the plate came from a specific bus stop served only at certain times. My guess is that it is from the Dagenham Dock stop post-1972, when most of the Saturday service was diverted to New Road.
This “E” plate possibly came from the section of route served by garage journeys to Romford (North Street) Garage [NS]. It has the rarer SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY wording. (The word ONLY was usually omitted.)
This leaflet was published in May 1975 to advertise the rerouting and extension of the 139.

Route 139 ran between Dagenham Dock and Gants Hill Station via Heathway, Becontree Heath, Whalebone Lane, Eastern Avenue and Newbury Park, with a Monday to Saturday peak hours extension to Barkingside (Fulwell Cross) via Cranbrook Road, but the peak hours extension only lasted until October 1950. In 1972 most of the Saturday service was diverted at Dagenham to New Road instead of the Dagenham Dock. In 1975 the route was extended from Gants Hill to Ilford Station, and also diverted between Whalebone Lane and Newbury Park via Rose Lane Estate. In 1982 the Saturday and Monday-to-Friday-evening service service was withdrawn. In 1986 Monday to Friday garage journeys operated in service from Ilford to Barking Garage via South Park Drive. In November 1987 the 139 was withdrawn.

In 1992 a new route 139 began operating between Trafalgar Square and West Hampstead (West End Green) via Oxford Circus, Baker Street, Rossmore Road, Lisson Grove, Abbey Road and West End Lane, with and extension via Finchley Road to Golders Green Station for meal relief journeys. In 1998 the relief journeys were withdrawn, and in 2003 it was extended to Waterloo: initally standing in Concert Hall Approach Road, but then after nine months moved to Addington Street via York Road. Seven months later the Waterloo stand altered again, buses now travelling via Waterloo Bridge and Meopham Street to end at Waterloo (Interchange).

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