London Transport
Central Area Routes 270–276

Last updated 14-2-10.

The first route 270 began operating in May 1956, running Mondays to Saturdays between Teddington Station and Kensington (Palace Gate) via Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Richmond, Kew Bridge, Turnham Green, Hammersmith and Olympia, except on Saturday afternoons when it ran only between Teddington and Hammersmith. In 1962 the Saturday service was withdrawn, replaced by additional journeys on route 27. The route was withdrawn in February 1963.

Route 270 returned in April 1970 when it replaced the southwestern end of route 27, between Richmond and Teddington. It ran Monday to Friday between Richmond Station and Fulwell Garage via Richmond Bridge, Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Waldegrave Road, Teddington and Stanley Road. In 1980 it was extended at both ends during Monday to Friday days and Saturday shoppping hours, from Fulwell to Hampton (Nurserylands Estate) via Hampton Hill, Broad Lane, The Avenue, Buckingham Road, Acacia Road and Nightingale Road; and in Richmond from the Station to Dee Road. In 1980 it was rerouted between Broad Lane and Nurserylands via Oak Avenue and Fernley Crescent, and between Twickenham and Fulwell via Hampton Road, the latter section being replaced by an extension of route 33. In April 1990 the 270 was renumbered R70. It saw SM and SMD class Swifts, later BLs and DMS Fleetlines, before ending with M type Metrobuses.

In May 1991 the number 270 was reused for a new route replacing withdrawn sections of routes 219, 220 and 280, running between Putney Bridge Station and Mitcham (Cricketers) via Upper Richmond Road (returning along Putney Bridge Road), Wandsworth, Garrat Lane, Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway. In 1996 the routeing was revised to run via Putney Bridge Road in both directions.

1970 route 270 timetable booklet ◀ Timetable An eight-page booklet for the conversion of route 27A and partial conversion of route 27 to SM route 270 effective 20 April 1970. It contains details of the route changes, a fare table and full timetable. It also includes a separate flyer advertising for Bus Drivers who can now earn (including overtime) £29 (or more).
This “E” plate could have come from either route 270, but the lack of full-stops after the MON and FRI abbreviations suggest that it dates from the 1970s. ▶

1960 Buses For Trolleybuses booklet
◀ Route 271—along with the 220 and 268—was created at Stage 7 of the Trolleybus Replacement Program on 19/20 July, 1960. A separate booklet was published for the 271/611 conversion because the other routes affected were all worked from Hammersmith Depot, well removed from Highgate.
The “mod” ’70s finally caught up with London Transport’s design department. Compare this booklet for the DMS conversion of route 271 on 16 January 1971 with that published for the 270 just nine months earlier (and shown above). The contents, however, follow the regular format of eight pages containing details of the route changes, first and last bus times, and a fare table. ▶

Route 271 was introduced in 1960 as a replacement for trolleybus route 611 and ran between Moorgate (Finsbury Square) and Highgate Village via Old Street Station, New North Road, Canonbury Road, Highbury Corner, Holloway Road and Archway. The route played host to the experiment using XA Atlantean buses in the ’60s. In 1987 it was extended on Sundays to Hendon Central Station via East Finchley and Finchley, and was cut back to Highgate Village again in 1991. In 1992 it was extended on Saturdays and Sundays from Moorgate to Liverpool Street Station. The route now provides a 24 hour service.

Route 272 was introduced in 1960 to replace the 590/690 trolleybus routes. The 272 provided a circular service in both directions from Startford Broadway via Portway, Plashet Road, Upton Park, Lonsdale Avenue, East Ham back to Plashet Road, Portway and Stratford. It was withdrawn in 1968 when it was replaced by flat-fare route S1. The route was reintroduced around 1975 as a Thamesmead local service between Woolwich and Thamesmead (Bentham Road) via Plumstead and Abbey Wood. As Thamesmead grew, changes were made to the routeing in town and it eventually disappeared, being taken over by the X72 and today’s 472.

DMS 1657
Bexleybus 82 [THM657M], ex-London Buses DMS1657, on the 272, loading up at Woolwich before setting out for an anti-clockwise loop of Thamesmead, during a spring 1989 lunchtime. Already enamel “E” plates had given way to vinyl stickers on the bus stop flag, at the top of its concrete post.
Photo courtesy dublo19
272 MON.-SAT.
These plates could have been from either instance of the two route 272s.

273 xxx xxx
The words MON.-SAT. were probably what was—rather inexpertly—removed from this “E” plate.
273 MON.-SAT.
This “E” plate would probably have come from the stop at Ruislip Station where buses passed the same stop running to both destinations.
For some unknown reason, RT1340—sans crew—is standing in the route 195 stop at the Hayes terminal, circa 1972. (It is possible that this photo was taken shortly after the service was extended on 17.06.72, but before an “E” plate for the 273 had been installed on this stop flag.)
Jim Blake photo; courtesy of London Bus Routes
M170 at Ruislip on a rainy day in July 1984.
Paul Davis photo; courtesy of London Bus Routes
Route 273 timetable leaflet
Timetable leaflet for the OPO conversion of route 273 effective 6 January 1973, with print code 1172/3787S/40,000. This is a fold-out leaflet with brief details of the changes and a fare table on the front. Inside are bus stop timetables for the service and on the back are diagrams showing how to use split-entrance buses.

Route 273 was introduced in November 1968, running daily between Ealing Broadway and Ruislip Station via Eaton Rise, Montpelier Avenue, Cleveland Road, Argyle Road, Ruislip Road East, Greenford and Yeading, with a Sunday extension to Ruislip Lido, replacing parts of routes 65 and 211. In 1972 the Sunday extension was withdrawn, but the Monday to Friday daytime service was extended from Ruislip to Hayes Station via Ickenham, Hillingdon, Long Lane, Oak Farm, Long Lane, Lees Road, Judge Heath Lane and Botwell Lane, replacing withdrawn route 98A. A year later Sunday service was withdrawn between Greenford and Ealing, and the route was converted to single-deck one-man operation. In March 1979 Sunday service was re-introduced between Greenford and Ruislip Lido, and two months later the Sunday service reverted to double-deckers. Then, for the next six years (until the route’s withdrawal), Sunday journeys were curtailed between Ruislip Station and Lido for the winter months (September-November through March-April). In 1982 the Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn between Ruislip Station and Hayes. The 273 was replaced in June 1984 by the E2.

Route 274 was introduced in 1968 running between Hayes (Bourne Avenue) and Greenford (Red Lion) via Yeading, and extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Ealing Broadway Station via West Ealing. The Sunday service was withdrawn in 1970. In 1972 the route was withdrawn between Hayes Station and Bourne Avenue, and replaced over this section by route 208. In 1977 the 274 was converted to one-man operation and in 1984 an additional service was introduced to Yeading Gardens Estate via Willow Tree Lane, Glencoe Road and Jollys Lane between Monday to Friday peaks and during Saturday shopping hours. In 1988 the evening service was withdrawn beyond Willow Tree Lane, Yeading. The route was withdrawn in 1990 and replaced by new routes E6 and E7.

The current route 274 was introduced in May 1991 to replace the withdrawn section of route 74, a long time after the use of enamel “E” plates had ceased. It ran between Marble Arch and Camden Town (Greenland Road) via Baker Street and The Zoo. In 1997 it was extended from Camden Town to Islington (Angel) via Camden Road Station, Agar Grove, York Way, Market Road, Caledonian Road, Copenhagen Street, Barnsbury Road, Tolpuddle Street, Liverpool Road and Islington High Street. In 2003 it was again extended, via Bayswater Road to Lancaster Gate Station.

Centrewest’s M908 [A908SUL] is seen at Ealing Broadway about to do a Willowtree Estate journey, as denoted by the special yellow destination blind.
Photo courtesy of London Bus Routes
274 MON.-SAT.

Judging by the surface discolouration due to ageing, this plate probably dates from the introduction of the 275 in 1960.
This double-vertical “E2” plate will have originated from Walthamstow Central Station in September 1968. Most of the bus stops there carried double-vertical plates, as this enabled more destinations to be included. Although there were only two included for the 275, it still had double-vertical plates to match the other routes. These are always exceptionally rare, and in almost every case only two were ever made.
This “E” plate will have probably come from the rush hour extension from Palmers Green to Enfield Town.
1981 route 275 bus stop poster
The biro notation at the bottom of this bus stop notice says posted at Claybury Hospital—one of the LCC’s asylums—which was also served by route 235 from 1976 to 1981.

Route 275 was introduced in 1960 to replace trolleybus 625, running daily between Woodford Bridge and Turnpike Lane Station via Woodford Green, Walthamstow, Tottenham Hale, Bruce Grove, Lordship Lane and Westbury Avenue, extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Winchmore Hill via Wood Green and Palmers Green, and further extended during Monday to Friday peak hours to Enfield Town. Later in the year it was withdrawn on Saturdays between Wood Green and Winchmore Hill, but reinstated again in 1963. In 1968 it was converted to one-man operation and shortened to run daily between Woodford Bridge and Walthamstow Central Station. In 1971 it was extended from Woodford Bridge to Claybury Hospital except during peak hours. In 1977 it was extended daily from Woodford Bridge to Barkingside (Fullwell Cross), but no longer running to Claybury. In 1985 the Sunday service was withdrawn, but reinstated after just a few weeks. In 1986 it was transferred to Eastern National Citybus under the tendering scheme, and was extended on Sundays to Claybury Broadway, but this was withdrawn again in 1993. In 1996 it was extended in Barkingside from Fullwell Cross to Tesco. In 2000 it was extended from Walthamstow Central to South Grove via Selborne Road.


Route 276 was introduced in 1968, running daily between Walthamstow Central Station and Yardley Lane Estate via Crooked Billet, Chingford Mount, Oldchurch Road, Mansfield Hill and Sewardstone Road, replacing the northern end of route 278. There were no changes to the route, other than vehicle type changes, until it was withdrawn in September 1982 when it was replaced by a revised route 212.

Another double-vertical plate that was new to Walthamstow Central Station in September 1968. Although four lines of text can be fitted to a normal “E” plate, it requires a reduced-size route number.

Route 276; adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.

Route 276
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