London Transport
Central Area Routes 150–155

Last updated 22-03-10.

150 MON.-FRI.
◀ There is a slight mark on the front of this “E” plate from when the reverse was used and the front obliterated by a painted × (since removed, but still visible in the picture).
Bus stop information panel dating from August 1982. ▶

Route 150 was introduced in 1947 and ran daily between Barkingside (Old Maypole) and Hainault (Regarder Road) via New North Road. Later that year it was extended from Hainault to Chigwell Row via Manford Way. In 1948 it was extended from Barkingside to Ilford Station via Gants Hill. In 1955 it was extended on Sundays from Ilford to East Ham (White Horse) via Little Ilford Lane and Browning Road. In 1955 it was extended on Summer Sundays from Chigwell Row to Lambourne End, and this became a daily extension in 1958. In 1963 the Sunday service was renumbered 150A, and the Monday to Friday service was extended from Ilford Station to Becontree Heath via Green Lane, Goodmayes and Becontree. In 1968 it was further extended during Monday to Friday peak hours from Becontree Heath to Romford (North Street Garage) via Roneo Corner. In 1969 this extension was diverted at Roneo Corner to run to Hornchurch Garage instead of Romford. In 1970 the 150 was withdrawn again between Becontree Heath and Hornchurch, and a Sunday service was reintroduced in 1971 between Ilford and Lambourne End. In 1973 the route was withdrawn at weekends between Chigwell Row and Lambourne End, and withdrawn completely between Chigwell Row and Lambourne End in 1977. In 1980 the route was withdrawn and replaced by a bifurcation of route 247, although the route returned in 1988 running daily between Ilford and Chigwell Row. From 1997 the route was operated by Harris Bus under the tendering system, but when they folded in 2000 the route was taken over by East Thames Buses.

Route 152 ran daily between Feltham Station and Mitcham (Cricketers) via Hanworth, Hampton Hill, Teddington, Bushy Park, Hampton Court, Kingston By-pass, Hook, Tolworth, Malden, Raynes Park, South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood. In 1962 it was withdrawn between Feltham and Teddington except during Monday to Friday peak hours, and further withdrawn on Sundays between Teddington and Hampton Court. In 1963 the Saturday service was withdrawn between Teddington and Hampton Court. In 1966 the Monday to Friday service was withdrawn between Teddington and Hampton Court, apart from the peak hour journeys to Feltham. In 1970 it was converted to one-man-operation and diverted at Scilly Isles to Esher (High Street), and also diverted at New Malden to run via New Malden (Police Station). In 1973 it was withdrawn between Hinchley Wood and Esher and rerouted to Hampton Court via Hampton Court Way, with school journeys running to Hampton Grammar School. In 1975 it was diverted between Tolworth and Hook via Red Lion Road and Thornhill Road. In September 1980 it was diverted at Thornhill Road to Surbiton Station instead of Hampton Court. At the same time new route 152A replaced the school journeys to Hampton Grammar School. In 1982 the Sunday service was rerouted away from Surbiton to run to Chessington Zoo. In 1987 it was withdrawn between New Malden and Surbiton / Chessington Zoo and diverted instead to Kingston via Norbiton. In 1991 it was withdrawn between New Malden and Kingston but extended from Mitcham to Pollards Hill.

1d route 152 ticket 2d route 152 ticket 5d route 152 ticket
1d, 2d and 5d tickets for route 152. The first ticket is joint with the 152A, although I cannot find any evidence of that route having operated while these tickets were current!
152 152 MON-FRI


Route 152A was introduced in September 1980 as a replacement for route 152 school journeys from Mitcham to Hampton when the parent 152 was diverted to Surbiton. The 152A ran from Merton Garage to Hampton Schools on school days and to Hampton Court Station on other days. There were only two morning journeys and two afternoon journeys. The route did not last very long before being withdrawn without replacement in October 1981. It is possibly the very last route to have enamel “E” plates made for it, as they had already started to be phased out from 1981 onwards and replaced by stickers.

This plate is likely to have been used on the section of route to Hampton Schools.

153 - 199 MON.-SAT.

The 153 and 199 ran together for just over a mile between Westminster Bridge Road and Old Kent Road. This plate is likely to have come from the congested area around Elephant & Castle. They two routes also shared 500 feet of New Cross Road, but it is doubtful that they would have shared a stop as at that point the 153 was running east–west while the 199 was going north–south.

Route 153 operated on Sundays only between West Hampstead (West End Green) and Plumstead Garage/Bostall Woods via Abbey Road, St. John’s Wood Road, Baker Street, Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Lambeth, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, New Cross, Deptford, Blackheath, Charlton Village, Woolwich, Plumstead Road, Burrage Road, Crescent Road, Sandyhill Road (returning via Blomfield Road), Plumstead Common Road, The Slade and Kings Highway. It replaced route 53A which was withdrawn between Oxford Circus and West Hamstead and diverted to Camden town instead, so it was really a Sunday renumbering of the 53A. The route was withdrawn in May 1955, replaced by increased service on routes 53 and 59. In November 1958 the 153 was reintroduced for another seven years, being replaced by the 53 and 59 in January 1966.

Route 199 was introduced in October 1957 to improve the reliablity of routes 1 and 47. It ran Monday to Saturday between Waterloo and Farnborough via Elephant & Castle, Bricklayers Arms, Tower Bridge Road, Grange Road, Southwark Park Road, Galleywall Road, Rotherhithe New Road, Surrey Docks, Deptford, Blackheath Road, Lewisham Road, Lewisham, Catford, Bromley and Locks Bottom. It was withdrawn in January 1965.

After the production of enamelled metal “E” places ceased in the early 1980s, self-adhesive labels were used on stop flags.
1987 route 153 timetable
The 153 has been branded the HOLLOWAY hoppa, as shown on this southbound timetable dated 4.4.87.

A new 153 started running in June 1984, operating on Mondays to Saturdays (except late evenings) between Archway Station and Islington (Angel) via Holloway Road, Liverpool Road, Mackenzie Road, Westbourne Road, Offord Road, Hemingford Road, Copenahgen Street and Liverpool Road. In 1984 it was extended from Angel to Tottenham Court Road Station via Rosebery Avenue, Holborn and New Oxford Street. In 1987 this extension was withdrawn, but late evening service was introduced. In 1992 the route was diverted at Holloway to Finsbury Park Station and extended from Islington to Smithfield (White Bear) via St. John Street. In 1996 Sunday service was introduced. In 2001 the 153 was withdrawn from the short section of St John Street to Smithfield, instead being extended from Clerkenwell to Liverpool Street Station via Clerkenwell Road, Goswell Road, Beech Street and Moorgate.

Route 154 began running in March 1959 as a replacement for trolleybus route 654 between Crystal Palace and Sutton Green via Anerley, Norwood Junction, West Croydon, Waddon, Stafford Road, Wallington, Stanley Park Road, Ruskin Road and Benhill Avenue; with a Monday to Saturday extenstion to Morden Station via St. Helier. In 1966 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and two years later the 154 was withdrawn between Sutton Green and Morden on Monday to Friday evenings. In 1973 the service was converted from RTs to one-man-operated DMS buses. In 1977 the 154 was rerouted at Carshalton Beeches, now running via Stanley Park Road, The Beeches Avenue, Park Hill and Benhill Road. In 1981 service was withdrawn between West Croydon and Crystal Palace, and was diverted at Wallington via Roundshaw Estate, replacing withdrawn route 233. In 1986 the evening service was extended from Sutton to Morden. In 1988 a complicated rerouting ocurred, with a double run from 10.00 to 16.00 via Queen Mary’s Hospital between Carshalton and Sutton Green, and a diversion via Green Lane and London Road between St. Helier and Morden Station, while the Sutton Green to Morden extension was reduced to Saturday shopping hours and Monday to Friday except evenings. In 1990 Sunday service was introduced between West Croydon and Sutton Garage, replacing the withdrawn section of route 213. The following year Monday to Saturday evening journeys were extended from Sutton to Morden. In 1993 the Sunday double runs via the hospital were changed to run all day and extended to Morden except in the early morning (which followed in 1995).

154 N- AT
This heavily-weathered “E” plate still bears the remains of a sticker thar originally said MON-SAT.
154 MON.-SAT.
As this is an older plate—evidenced by the lack of black borders at the top and bottom—it may be one of the earliest ones to bear the legend MON. - SAT. rather than WEEKDAY.

155 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate post-dates the 1973 withdrawal of Sunday service on the 155.
This plate would have come from the Sunday-only section of the 155 west of Wimbledon during the years 1966 to 1973.
RT 1619
RT 1619 at the Wimbledon terminus, in 1976. The B(C)E3G3 stop sports a point identifier disk and a HEADSTOP “G” plate.
David Element photo © 1976;

Route 155 began running in 1951 as a tram replacement route from Wimbledon to Victoria Embankment via Merton, Tooting, Balham, Clapham, Kennington and Elephant & Castle, and looped either via Westminster Bridge and Blackfriars or Blackfriars and Westminster Bridge. In 1964 the Saturday afternoon and Sunday service was withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Embankment. In 1966 the route was withdrawn between Elephant & Castle and Embankment except for Monday to Friday peaks, Saturday mornings and Sunday early journeys. However, at the same time it was extended on Sundays from Wimbledon Station to Hersham Station. In 1969 Sunday service was further cut back in the east, from Elephant & Castle to Clapham Common (Old Town), and the western Sunday terminus was changed from Hersham Station to West Molesy. In 1973 Sunday service was withdrawn in its entirety and replaced by a revised route 131. In 1984 Embankment journeys were diverted to Aldwych via Westminster Bridge Road, York Road and Waterloo. In 1986 Saturday journeys from Elephant to Aldwych were withdrawn and the route was converted to one-man-operation. In 1987 it was withdrawn completely between Elephant & Castle and Aldwych. In April 1990 the 155 was rerouted and now ran from Wimbledon Station to Vauxhall Station via South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Tooting, Balham, Clapham, Stockwell and South Lambeth Road. Five months later Sunday service was reintroduced to replace part of withdrawn route 88. In 1992 it was converted to midi-bus operation and withdrawn between Stockwell and Vauxhall. In 1996 double-deckers were reintroduced, and operation was extended from Stockwell to Elephant & Castle to replace the withdrawn section of the 355. In 1997 Sunday journeys were converted to midi-bus operation. In 1999 all journeys were provided by low floor single-deck buses, and the southern terminal was changed from Wimbledon Station to Tooting (St. George’s Hospital).

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