London Transport
Central Area Routes 167–169

Last updated 23-06-10.

167A MON.-SAT.

Route 167A was introduced in September 1968 as a partial replacement of the 10A, running daily from Abridge (Blue Boar) via London Road and Abridge Road to Rolls Park, then circular service in both directions via Chigwell Road, Chigwell Rise, Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton High Road, Church Hill, Rectory Lane, Debden Station and Chigwell Lane. In 1971 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and in 1972 most of the Monday to Friday journeys were shortened to run only between Abridge and Chigwell Station. The 167A was withdrawn in April 1976, and was operated by RTs for its entire life.

This “E” plate dates from after 16 January 1971, when the route no longer operated on Sundays.

Route 168 was a tram replacement route introduced in 1950 between Wandsworth and Victoria Embankment via Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and Westminster Bridge, running on to Farringdon Street via Blackfriars on Mondays to Saturdays. In 1951 it was extended daily from Wandsworth via Tibbets Corner to Putney Heath (Green Man). In 1953 the Saturday pm service was withdrawn between Horse Guards and Farringdon Street. In 1956 the Sunday service was cut back to Vauxhall, and withdrawn completely in 1958. In 1961 the route was revised to run Mondays to Saturdays from Putney Heath to Turnpike Lane Station, being extended from Blackfriars via Holborn Circus, Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross, Holloway, Finsbury Park and Manor House, but the following year the Saturday service was withdrawn between Farringdon Street and Turnpike Lane Station. It was cut back to Farringdon Street again in 1965 when the northern section was renumbered 168A. The 168 was rerouted via Trafalgar Square later that year. The Farringdon Street extension was gradually reduced to peak hours only by 1978, and the route was withdrawn completely in 1980.

168 MON.-FRI.
168 MON.-FRI.
MON.-FRI. was the newer replacement for the somewhat ambiguous WEEKDAY
This “E” plate would have come from the Farringdon Street extension, and dates from the last years of the 168.
This plate is particularly rare as it will have come from the section of route between Embankment and Farringdon Street at a time when the Saturday service was limited to just a few early journeys. It also has rather unusual wording in that there is no & between MON-FRI and SATURDAY, making the message somewhat ambiguous.
168 MON.-SAT.
… since WEEKDAY could have also meant MON.-SAT. in the era of the six-day work week. The larger numbers and rounder 8 suggest that this is an older plate from the early days of the route, from the section between Westminster and Farringdon.
This plate would have come from a stop on Victoria Embankment only served when buses were terminating at Horse Guards Avenue. It is notable that HORSEGUARDS is shown incorrectly as one word, and for some reason the need was found to abbreviate “Avenue”.

168A MON.-FRI.
This “E” plate dates from the 168A’s last days, after the route was altered in 1981 to run only from Hornsey Rise to Waterloo but extended during peak hours to Vauxhall, and this plate is from that short peak-hours section.

Route 168A was introduced in 1965 to replace the northern end of the 168, running on Mondays to Fridays between Turnpike Lane and Clapham Junction via Manor House, Finsbury Park, Holloway, Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, Grays Inn Road, Holborn Circus, Blackfriars, Stamford Street, Waterloo, Albert Embankment and Vauxhall. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Turnpike Lane. In 1979 it was rerouted at Holloway to run to Hornsey Rise instead of Finsbury Park. In April 1981 it was converted to one-man operation and withdrawn between Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. It was also withdrawn outside peak hours between Waterloo and Vauxhall, and was finally withdrawn in September 1982. The 168A was worked by RTs from both Holloway garages: HT and J.

Route 169 was introduced in October 1950 to replace tram service 28, running daily between Victoria and Clapham Junction via Vauxhall and Wandsworth Road. This route did not change throughout its life and it was withdrawn in August 1958.

The next route 169 was introduced 12 months later as a replacement for trolleybus service 691, running daily between Barking (London Road) and Barkingside via Ilford, Ley Street, Newbury Park and Horns Road. A few months later, some rush hour journeys were extended from Barking to Remploy Works. In 1962 some rush hour journeys were extended at the other end of the route to Hainault Industrial Estate. In 1965 the Monday to Saturday service was extended from Barkingside to Claybury (Caterham Avenue) via Fullwell Avenue, and the Hainault Industrial Estate journeys were renumbered 169B. The Remploy Factory journeys were withdrawn in 1966. In 1968 the Sunday service was also extended to Claybury. In 1973 it was converted to one-man-operation, and on Sundays was extended to Oban Road in Barking to serve the Gascoigne Estate. In 1982 the daily service was extended beyond Barking to Thames View Estate replacing the 179 and 199 over this section, but was cut back again in 1991 when new routes B1 and B2 were introduced. The route now runs daily between Barking and Clayhall (The Glade).

May 1965 timetable for routes 169 and 169B
A May 1965 timetable for routes 169 and 169B. The schedule must have been fairly simple, as it was possible to include both directions on the one side of the sheet.
This plate came from one of the early 1960s rush hour extensions that ran to the Remploy Works and the Hainault Industrial Estate.
169 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate is likely to have come from the Barking route when the Monday to Saturday service ran on to Claybury between 1965 and 1968.


Route 169A was introduced in August 1959 as a Monday to Saturday service between Barkingside (High Street) and Bow Church via Newbury Park, Ilford, Manor Park, Forest Gate and Stratford Broadway, with a Monday to Friday peak hours extension to Mile End Gate via Mile End. In 1963 the evening service was withdrawn between Stratford and Bow. In 1968 all service was withdrawn beyond Stratford, and in 1969 the route was reduced to peak hours only. In 1973 it was extended from Stratford Broadway to the new Stratford Bus Station. The 169A was withdrawn in March 1977 without replacment.

For its first four years the 169A was worked by RTs and RTLs from Seven Kings [AP] and Bow [BW] garages, but the operations were transferred to Upton Park [U] in 1963. The route only saw Routemasters on Saturdays, which were a spare allocation from route 15.

Timetable for routes 169 and 169C

Route 169C was introduced in 1968, running on Sundays only between Barking (London Road) and Claybury Broadway via Ilford Lane, Ilford, Newbury Park, Barkingside and Clayhall Avenue. In 1973 it was extended from Barking to Gascoigne Estate and converted to one-man-operation. The route was withdrawn in 1976.

◀ This timetable panel is dated 1.8.71(A), when these routes were operated by RT-type buses. The table for westbound service is on the other side. This is a very interesting “E” plate as it is a rare example of a red Sunday-only plate being combined with a rather uncommon “C” suffix route. It probably came from Ilford. ▶
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