London Transport
Central Area Routes 264–269

Last updated 13-2-10.

264 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate likely came from the Hersham Green–Sunbury route, post-1958.
264 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate came from one of the two earlier 264 routes.
1970 route 264 timetable
◀ Bus stop timetable card from the original route 264, for “up” trips dated 18.4.70.
Timecard for route 264 Monday to Friday service FW192 commencing 14.6.1976. It is the later style laminated type, and although is quite dirty and knocked about, can still be read. ▶
1976 route 264 timecard

Route 264 ran daily as a single-deck route using T-type buses from Hersham Green to Sunbury via Hersham Station, Rydens Road, Ambleside Avenue, Cromwell Road, Bowes Road, Hersham Road, Walton High Street, Walton Bridge, Gaston Bridge Road, Halliford Road, Thames Street and Green Street. In 1951 it was extended from Sunbury to Kingston via Hampton Station and Hampton Court, replacing part of route 216. In 1955 the vehicle type change from T to TD. In 1957 it was diverted at Sunbury via Windmill Road and Staines Road West instead of Green Street. In 1958 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and a year later the TDs were withdrawn in favour of RFs. In 1966 one-man-operation was introduced. Ten years later Bristol BLs replaced the RFs. The route was withdrawn at the end of January 1978.

In 1981 route 264 reappeared as a new Monday to Saturday route using DMS double-deckers running between Putney Bridge Station and Roehampton (Danebury Avenue) via Putney High Street, Upper Richmond Road and Dover House Road. In 1982 Sunday service was introduced, and in 1983 the DMSs were replaced by Metrobuses. In 1985 Monday to Saturday journeys were extended from Putney Bridge to South Kensington Station via Fulham Palace Road, Lillie Road, Earls Court and Cromwell Road (replacing the withdrawn section of route 74), with southbound journeys from South Kensington diverted via Putney Bridge Station. In February 1987 the route was withdrawn, replaced by the 74.

Today’s 264 began running in August 1985, replacing part of route 64 on Mondays to Saturdays between Tooting Broadway (Longmead Road) and Croydon (Katharine Street) via Mitcham Common and West Croydon, extended on Sundays to New Addington (Homestead Way) via Croham Road, Farley Road, Addington and Lodge Lane taking the place of the complete 64 Sunday service. In 1988 the route was extended from Croydon to South Croydon (Swan & Sugar Loaf) for Monday to Friday peak hour journeys, and to South Croydon Garage on Monday to Friday between peaks and during Saturday shopping hours. In 1990 the route was extended to run at all times between Tooting Broadway and South Croydon Garage. The withdrawn Sunday service to New Addington was replaced by a reintroduced route 64. At the same time Leyland Olympians replaced the D-type Daimlers used until then. In 2003 the 264 was extended from Tooting Broadway to Tooting (St. George’s Hospital) via Garratt Lane, Fountain Road and Blackshaw Road, returning via Tooting High Street. In 2004 the night service previously numbered N264 was incorporated into the daily schedule.

Route 265 was introduced in May 1952 to replace withdrawn route 65A and part of route 7, running daily from Chessington (Copt Gilders) to Kingston via Stokesby Road, Church Lane, Moor Lane, Bridge Road, Hook, Surbiton and Villiers Road, extended on Mondays to Saturdays to East Acton (Brunel Road) via Ham, Petersham, Richmond, Kew Bridge, Gunnersbury Lane and Acton. In 1954 the 265 was withdrawn between Kingston and Kew Green except duing Monday to Friday rush hours and on Saturdays, meaning the route ran in two separate sections at other times. In 1958 the Saturday service was withdrawn between Kingston and Kew Green. In 1963 the Saturday service was withdrawn between Kew Green and East Acton, and all day on Sundays. In 1965 the 265 was withdrawn on Mondays to Fridays between Kingston and East Acton except for a rush hour extension to Richmond (Dee Road). The route was completely withdrawn in 1966 and replaced by changes to route 65.

Keith Williams adds, “This was therefore the only London Transport route without a middle section in the middle of the day, whereas services would be running at each end. During the middle of the day, [in order] to travel from one end of route 265 to the other, you needed to get a 65 from Kingston to Kew Green. There were special 265 “E” plates for this middle section—they may have just said 265 RUSH HOURS ONLY, but again, I just cannot remember for sure, yet in the ’60s, [I] would have seen these hundreds of times.”

RT1547 on route 265
RT1547 [KGU416] with restricted “war-time” destination display, taken some time in the mid-1950s.
Photo courtesy London Bus Routes.
1965 route 265 timetable
This panel would have been sited at southbound stops along the two miles of road between Acton (Gunnersbury Lane) and Kew Green served by both the 7 (London Bridge Station to Kew Green via Oxford Circus, Ladbrook Grove and Acton Vale) and 265. Dated June 1965, the reverse side shows journeys in opposite direction.
1965 route 265 timetable1965 route 265 timetable
Both of these routes ran from Chessington (Copt Gilders Estate)—the 265 to Kingston (Monday to Saturday) and East Acton (Monday to Friday), and the 65A to Ealing (Argyle Road; Sundays)—but the only section of route served exclusively by these two was a one-mile section of Bridge Road and Church Lane in the Estate. The reverse () shows journeys in southbound direction, but from Kingston only. Dated 4 July 1965.

The number 265 was next used in March 1979 for a new route running daily between Leatherhead Garage and Kingston via Malden Rushett, Chessington, Hook, Surbiton and Villiers Road, extended on Sundays to Richmond (Dee Road) via Kings Road, Park Road, Tudor Drive, Ham, Ashburnham Road, Sandy Lane and Petersham. The route was withdrawn in September 1980 and replaced by changes to route 71.

1993 route 265 timetable
The current route 265 has received StreetLine branding. This bus stop timetable is dated for March 1993.

In June 1984 route 265 returned as a Monday to Saturday one-way circular service from Putney Bridge Station via Putney, Upper Richmond Road, Roehampton Lane, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, Dover House Road, Upper Richmond Road and Putney. No late evening service was provided. The following year the circular route withdrawn, and the 265 was diverted from Upper to Lower Richmond Road, now running Putney Bridge Station to Roehampton (Bessborough Road) via Lower Richmond Road, Putney Common and Roehampton Lane. In 1991 it was extended from Roehampton to Tolworth Broadway via Alton Road, Kingston Vale, Kingston By Pass, Burlington Road, New Malden (Police Station), Malden Road and Kingston By-Pass, replacing the withdrawn section of route 72. At the same time it was converted to midibus operation. Also, late evening service terminated at New Malden (Police Station), and southbound journeys in Roehampton were rerouted, doubling back to Roehampton Lane from Bessborough Road. In 1997 the route was extended at all times in Tolworth via Ewell Road to “Red Lion”.

This plate appears to be quite old, as evidenced not only by the amount of weathering, but also by the less-pronounced hook on the numeral 2 and the more-upright 6s. It is the one and only “E” plate that I own, and this shows how it looks after a little cleaning. The numbers were hand-painted, rather than silk screened onto the plate.
1976 route 266 timetable

Route 266 was introduced in 1962 as a trolleybus replacement route running daily between Edgware Station and Hammersmith via Burnt Oak, Colindale, West Hendon, Cricklewood, Craven Park, Harlesden, North Acton, Acton and Acton Vale. In 1970 it was withdrawn on Mondays to Fridays between West Hendon and Edgware except for a peak hour extension to Colindale Station, and withdrawn on Saturdays and Sundays between Cricklewood Garage and Edgware Station. In 1976 it was extended during Monday to Saturday shopping hours from Cricklewood to Brent Cross Shopping Centre. In 1978 some Monday to Friday peak hour journeys were extended from Colindale to Mill Hill Broadway Station via Grahame Park Way and Lan Acre. In 1981 it was withdrawn between Staples Corner and Mill Hill. In 1995 the service to Brent Cross was introduced during Sunday shopping hours, and the service now runs daily at all times between Hammersmith and Brent Cross.

August 1976 bus stop timetable for northbound journeys on bus 266.

Route 267 was introduced in May 1962 as a trolleybus replacement route running daily between Hammersmith (The Grove) and Hampton Court via Turnham Green, Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Twickenham, Fulwell and Hampton Hill. In 1969 the Sunday terminal in Hammersmith changed from The Grove to outside the Metropolitan (now Hammersmith & City) station (where the Sunday “E” plate is likely to have come from). In 1970 the route was extended at Hampton Court from Vrow Walk to the Station. In 1988 the Sunday terminal changed again from the Met. station to Butterwick, but this was after the use of “E” plates had ceased. In 1991 the route was withdrawn between Fulwell Garage and Hampton Court and replaced over this section by new route R68, but continues to run to Hampton Court on summer Sundays.

Timetable booklet dated 18 September 1971 for the conversion of route 267 to DMS. Its 12 pages contain details of the route changes, a fare table and full timetable. There was also a separate flyer inserted advertising for Bus Drivers can now earn (including overtime) £31 (or more).
This Sunday “E” plate is obviously a very rare one, as it would have appeared on just one or two bus stops in Hammersmith: outside the Met. station, and possible in Butterwick Bus Station.

◀ This “E” plate could have come from either version of route 268.
One of the vinyl stickers which came into use after enamel plates were phased out. Obviously from the Hampstead service. ▶
268 HampsteadHoppa
◀ Cover and inside of the timetables distributed for the introduction of London Country’s HampsteadHOPPA minibus service on the last day of May 1986.
DLD203 en route to Golders Green Station, ca. 2000. ▶
Photo courtesy of Ian Armstrong’s London Bus Routes.
Route 268 was introduced in 1960 as a replacement for trolleybus route 628, running daily between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction via Wandsworth, Putney, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, White City and Scrubs Lane, extended during Monday to Friday rush hours to Acton (Market Place) via North Acton. In 1965 it was extended during rush hours and lunchtimes on Mondays to Fridays from Willesden to Hanwell Broadway via North Acton, Acton, Ealing Broadway and West Ealing. The lunchtime journeys were withdrawn in 1966, and the entire route was withdrawn at the end of that year.

A new route 268 was introduced in 1968, one-man-operated from the start, running between Golders Green Station and Finchley Road Station via North End Road, Jack Straws Castle, Heath Street, High Street Hampstead, Rosslyn Hill, Belsize Avenue, Belsize Park, Buckland Crescent, College Crescent, Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road. It provided a new service over previously-unserved roads in Hampstead Village and Belsize Park. In 1996 operation was transferred to London Country North West under contract to LRT and the 268 was marketed as the HampsteadHOPPA. In 1989 R&I Coaches took over operation of the route. In 1998 it was extended along Finchley Road from the Underground station to the Sainsbury’s Superstore at the O2 Centre. In 2000 operation passed to Metroline, and was then transferred to Arriva the Shires in 2006.

Route 269 was introduce in April 1961 as a replacement for trolleybus 629, runing between Tottenham Court Road and Enfield Town via Maple Street, Camden Town, Holloway, Finsbury Park, Manor House, Turnpike Lane Station, Wood Green, Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill. It was withdraw in in September 1968, partly replaced by a revised route 29.

In June 1973 the number was reused for a new Monday to Friday service between Chingford Station and Leyton (Downsell Road) via The Ridgeway, Old Church Road, Chingford Mount, Walthamstow and Bakers Arms, replacing a withdrawn section of route 69. This service lasted until the end of January 1976, when the routing again became part of the 69.

The present route 269 was introduced in May 1977 between Sidcup Garage and Woolwich (Hare Street) via Foots Cray, Sidcup Station, Faraday Avenue, Hurst Road, Parkhill Road, Townley Road, Bexleyheath, Erith, West Street, Belvedere, Abbey Wood and Plumstead. In 1979 the Sidcup terminal was changed to Queen Mary's Hospital, and in 1982 the Sunday service was extended from Hare Street to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich. In 1985 the 269 was extended from Sidcup to Bromley North via Perry Street, Chislehurst and Bickley. In 1988 it was converted to single deck operation and withdrawn between Bexleyheath and Woolwich, replaced by new route 469. In 1991 the Bexleyheath terminal was changed to the Bexleyheath Shopping Centre, and one early Monday to Saturday journey started from Plumstead Station and ran to Bexley via Abbey Wood, Belvedere, Erith and Barnehurst. (In 1994 this service was rerouted at Abbey Wood via Eynsham Drive and Harrow Manorway instead of McLeod Road, and in 1999 the Plumstead trip was withdrawn.)

Many livery variations visited route 269: originally red London Buses; then the blue and cream of Bexleybus (which eventually reverted to red) from 1988 to 1991; then primrose and maroon (and later green and yellow) of Kentish Bus in 1991 through 1999, and finally back to red of Stagecoach London.

LS184 [THX184S] / Bexleybus 54
◀ Blue & cream Bexleybus Leyland National 54 [THX184S] (but displaying its London Buses’ number LS184) on route 269, loading up in Bexleyheath during the autumn of 1990. Already vinyl stickers had superceded enamel “E” plates here. At the top of its concrete post, the bus stop flag—which thanks to the southern orbital Green Line forging its way east of Croydon—is of the BUS & COACH variety.
Photo courtesy dublo19

This plate could be from either the trolleybus replacement route, or the Woolwich – Bexleyheath service. ▶
269 MON.-FRI.
◀ These two “E” plates are from the 1973-1976 route, when it did not run on weekends. ▶ 269 MON.-FRI.
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