London Transport
Central Area Routes 140–145

Last updated 23-08-10.

Route 141 was introduced in 1961 as a trolleybus replacement route and ran daily between Winchmore Hill (Green Dragon Lane) and Moorgate (Finsbury Square) via Palmers Green, Wood Green, Turnpike Lane Station, Manor House, Newington Green and Hoxton. It was extended on Mondays to Fridays to Grove Park Station via London Wall, Aldersgate Street, St. Paul’s, Ludgate Circus, Blackfriars Road, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Brockley Rise, Stanstead Road, Catford and Downham. It was withdrawn between Wood Green (Redvers Road) and Winchmore Hill in 1968 and replaced by new route W4. In 1969 a Sunday service was introduced between New Cross Garage and Grove Park, and therefore the route ran in two separate sections on this day: Wood Green–Moorgate and New Cross–Grove Park. In 1970 Monday to Friday evening service was withdrawn between Turnpike Lane and Wood Green (except for garage journeys), then the southern Sunday section was withdrawn between Catford Garage and Grove Park. In 1971 a Saturday service was introduced between Farringdon Street and Grove Park, partly replacing the 141A. In 1972 the southern Sunday section was withdrawn. In 1978 the Saturday service was altered to run through from Wood Green to Grove Park, and the Sunday service was extended to Farringdon Street. In 1985 the 141 was withdrawn on Saturdays between Catford Garage and Grove Park. In 1990 the Sunday service was rerouted at Moorgate to run to Liverpool Street Station instead of Farringdon Street. In 1992 the route was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays south of Moorgate, and Sunday journeys were rerouted at Liverpool Street through new Bus Station. In 2002 the service was rerouted daily at Moorgate to run to London Bridge Station via Bank and Monument instead of Liverpool Street. In 2006 the 141 was re-extended from Wood Green to Palmers Green, replacing the withdrawn section of route 29.

Self-adhesive labels were used on stop flags after the production of enamelled metal “E” places ceased in the early 1980s.
141 MON.-FRI.
“E” plates like this would have been posted on stops from Moorgate to Grove Park until 1969.
141 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate likely came from a stop between Farringdon Street and Grove Park during the 1970s and ’80s.


Route 141A was introduced in November 1961 between Finsbury Park Station and Grove Park via Highbury Barn, Highbury Corner, Islington, Angel, Aldersgate, St. Paul’s, Ludgate Circus, Blackfriars, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Brockley Rise, Stanstead Road, Catford and Downham, running on Saturdays and Sundays, and replacing the former 179 route. Initially operated using RM buses from New Cross [NX] garage starting in November of 1961. In October 1962, RT buses from Holloway [J] garage were also allocated to the route. In June 1966 the 141A was withdrawn on Sundays between Highbury Barn and Finsbury Park, with the Sunday service being fully withdrawn on 25th October 1969, leaving the route on Saturdays only until this too was withdrawn on 3rd September 1971. Thus the route was Saturday only for less than two years.

This “E” plate probably comes from a bus stop between Highbury Barn and Finsbury Park and would date from around 1966. The Sunday service was cut back to Highbury Barn in that year, so only a few bus stops would have needed to display the SATURDAY wording.

Route 142 ran daily between Watford Junction and Kilburn Park Station via Bushey, Bushey Heath, Stanmore, Edgware, Burnt Oak, Colindale, West Hendon, Cricklewood and Kilburn. In 1952 it was withdrawn on Sundays between Edgware and Kilburn Park, re-extended there again in 1962, cut back again in 1963, and extended back again in 1966! In 1970 it was cut back again to Edgware at all times, except for a Monday to Friday peak hour extension to Colindale (Annesley Avenue), and converted to one-man operation. In 1976 the Colindale extension was withdrawn, and service was extended on Mondays to Saturdays from Edgware to Brent Cross Shopping Centre via Burnt Oak, Colindale, West Hendon and Staples Corner, and further extended except during peak hours to Brent Cross Station (which was previously named Brent Station), but cut back from the station to the shopping centre after less than four months. In 1993 it was rerouted between Stanmore and Edgware via Stonegrove over route 251 which was withdrawn over this section. The Sunday service has also been extended to Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Route 142 timetable from 1922
A selection of route 142 timetables: this one dated September 27, 1922, has a print code of 134 - 50/250 - 9-9-22.
Route 142 timetable from 1924
By April 18, 1924, London General had adopted the format that is still in use to this day. Its print code is 544 - 82/215 - 3-7-24.
Route 142 timetable from 1981
This one dates from April 1981. The red shading indicates the flat fare section, between Bushey Heath and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
142 MON.-SAT.
This plate will have come from that very short-lived section of route between Brent Cross Shopping Centre and Brent Cross Station, over which there can have been few stops with “E” plates. Obviously it is an astonishingly rare plate, having had such a short life.
This “E” plate would probably have come from a bus stop at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

◀ This “E” plate is astonishingly rare and probably unused as there are very few instances where “E” plates have been actually made for routes that were never introduced. Other examples are 247C, 294, 722A and maybe a couple more.
The London General Omnibus Company did have a route 142A, as detailed on this timetable (along with the 142B) from May 20th, 1933, which has a print code of 1033 - 400 - 30-4-31. ▶
Route 142A+142B timetable from 1931

As far as I can establish, route 142A was never introduced by London Transport. It appeared on Cricklewood Garage [W] blind sets towards the end of 1968, and is thought to have been planned as a part-replacement for route 60. Prior to 7th September 1968 the 60 had been Waterloo–Piccadilly Circus–Oxford Street–Edgware Road–Cricklewood on Mondays to Fridays, extended except evenings to Colindale. The plan was to replace it between Waterloo and Marble Arch with new Red Arrow route 505 (which happened), between Marble Arch and Cricklewood with new route 8B (which happened), and between Kilburn Park Station and Colindale Station with new Monday to Friday route 142A (which did not happen). In practice, a parallel scheme to convert part of the 245 (North Finchley–Stanmore) to one-man-operation saw the 251 extended in September 1968 from Burnt Oak to Stanmore. The 245 was cut back to Cricklewood Garage and the opportunity taken to put a peak hour extension on from Cricklewood Garage to Colindale Station. This preserved the link between the Edgware Road and Colindale Station and rendered the 142A unnecessary. If anybody can add to or correct this information, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Route 143 ran daily between Archway Station and Hendon Central Station via Great North Road, East Finchley, East End Road, Finchley Central, Hendon Lane and Church Road. In 1958 it was withdrawn on Sundays and diverted in East Finchley via Aylmer Road and The Bishops Avenue to replace route 58. In 1961 it was extended from Archway Station to Farringdon Street via Holloway, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross and Holborn Circus. Later that year it was withdrawn on Saturday afternoons between King’s Cross and Farringdon Street. In 1966 it was withdrawn completely on Saturdays between King’s Cross and Farringdon Street. In 1968 it was converted to one-man operation and withdrawn between Archway Station and Farringdon Street, and the rerouting once again reverted to Great North Road. Also, a Sunday service was reintroduced. In 1963 it was rerouted between Archway and East Finchley via Highgate Village. In 1976 it was extended from Hendon Central to Brent Cross Shopping Centre during Monday to Saturday shopping hours. In 1982 the Sunday service was withdrawn once again, but reintroduced again in 1984 between Hendon Central and East Finchley. In 1987 the Sunday service was withdrawn yet again. In 1991 a Sunday service was once more reintroduced between Archway and Hendon Central, and the service was rerouted daily in Finchley via Squires Lane, Long Lane, Finchley Central, Regents Park Road and Gravel Hill. In 1995 the Sunday service was extended from Hendon Central to Brent Cross during shopping hours.

1983 route 143 notice
In 1983 route 143 provided a daytime service on Good Friday.
This “E” plate would probably have come from a stop at Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

This “E” plate likely came from a stop served by school journeys.
December 1966 timetable
A December 1966 timetable for route 145.

Route 145 ran daily between Ilford and Dagenham (New Road) via Green Lane, Goodmayes and Becontree, extended to Dagenham Dock during Monday to Friday peak hours, with some daily journeys to Dagenham (Ford Works). At the opposite end a Monday to Friday rush hour extension ran beyond Ilford to Chingford (Royal Forest Hotel) via Gants Hill, South Woodford and Woodford Wells. In 1963 it was withdrawn between Ilford and Chingford except for a few school journeys, with this section being replaced by new route 179. The Sunday service was extended from Ilford to Leytonstone and renumbered 145A. In 1966 the Sunday service was reintroduced between Ilford and Dagenham replacing the 145A. In 1968 the school journeys were cut back from Royal Forest Hotel to Chingford Station, and the Sunday service was withdrawn in 1969. In 1970 school journeys were withdrawn between Woodford Wells and Chingford. In 1971 the 145 was diverted via Waterworks Corner instead of High Road. The route was converted to one-man operation with pay-as-you-enter DMS double-deckers in 1974. In 1981 school journeys were extended from Woodford Wells to Chingford Station. In 1985 the route was diverted in Dagenham to serve Dagenham Village, and journeys to Dagenham Dock were withdrawn. In 1986 the school journeys were renumbered 145A and transferred to Eastern National. Also that year the routeing was revised to run between Redbridge Station and Dagenham (New Road) via The Drive, Ilford, South Park Drive, Longbridge Road, Porters Avenue, Hedgemans Road and Dagenham Village, with some Monday to Friday journeys running on to Dagenham (Fords). In 1991 the 145 was extended in Dagenham from New Road to Asda. It was also reintroduced again on Sundays, and later that year extended from Redbridge to Leytonstone (Green Man) via Wanstead. In 1997 it was extended in Leytonstone from the Green Man to the station. At various times through the years the route was operated by RT, RTL and RTW types. The 145 was converted to the Leyland Titan (T type) in 1980.

Route 145A was introduced in 1963, running on Sundays only between Dagenham (New Road) and Leytonstone (Green Man) via Heathway, Hedgemans Road, Bennetts Castle Lane, Becontree, Goodmayes, Green Lane, Ilford, The Drive, Redbridge and Wanstead. It was basically the Sunday 145 renumbered and extended from Ilford to Leytonstone. It was withdrawn in 1966 and replaced by the introduction of the 145 on Sundays and a new 148A.

The exceptionally short life of this plate accounts for its superb condition, and as always, fare stage plates are far less common. This one is of outstanding interest however, as the FARE STAGE portion is in black, whereas it was far more usual for Sunday plates to be totally in red.

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