London Transport
Central Area Routes 295–299

Last updated 3-12-09.

295 MON.-FRI.
295 MON.-SAT.
Route 295 leaflet
Timetable leaflet for the one-person-operation conversion of route 295 starting 17 June 1972, with print code 172/1232S/43,000. This fold-out leaflet has 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 295 ran between East Acton and Hammersmith via Sheppherds Bush. On Saturday and Sunday days, service was extended to Wandsworth Bridge via Wandsworth Road. In 1973 it was converted to one-man-operation and rerouted to run from Ladbroke Grove to Hammersmith Broadway via Latimer Road Station and Shepherds Bush, with an extension to Wandsworth Garage via Fulham Broadway Monday to Friday days, and for a short time to Fulham (Edgarley Terrace) on Saturdays. In 1975 Sunday service was withdrawn, and the 295 was extended via Plough Road to Clapham Junction at all times.


Route 295A was a Saturday-only route introduced in 1973, running between Ladbroke Grove (Eagle) and Putney Bridge Station via Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith, Fulham Palace Road and Munster Road. It was the first service along Munster Road. The route was withdrawn in 1975, making it a very short-lived route, and particularly interesting as very few Central Area routes ran on Saturdays only.

295A SATURDAY
In later years this “E” plate was recycled and, with the application of self-stick vinyl letters, reused for Green Line route 729, a Monday to Friday rush hour service between London (Victoria) and Borough Green that replaced the southern leg of the 719.
295A SATURDAY FARE STAGE

296 MON.-SAT.

The original route 296 was a night service that was renumbered N96 in 1960. It ran from Waterloo to Leyton Green.

The next 296 was a short-lived service introduced in 1975, partly replacing Alton Road “shorts” on route 85, running Monday to Saturday between Wandsworth Garage and Roehampton (Alton Road) via Upper Richmond Road, Putney and Doverhouse Road. It was not successful and lasted less than eight months, from January 25th until 13 September.

This “E” plate likely came from the 1975 296. Because of its extremely short life, this plate is likely quite rare.


The 296 was reintroduced again on 31 March 1979 at the request of Barnet Council as an express route. Running from Copthall Stadium to Hendon Central Station via Page Street, Pursley Road, Engel Park, Bittacy Hill, Frith Lane, Lullingon Garth, Argyle Road, Alexandra Grove, Ballards Lane to Tally Ho Corner returning via Ballards Lane, Regents Park Road, Hendon Lane, Finchley Lane, Church Road, The Burroughs and Watford Way, returning via Queens Road and Brent Street, it stopped en route only at Mill Hill East Station, North Finchley and Finchley Central Station. Evidently the expected patronge never materialised, as the last day of operation was 28 September 1979, giving it an even shorter life than the previous (Putney) 296. Since it was a limited-stop service, “E” plates would have been displayed only at those stops served.

Today’s 296 runs in the Romford area.

Express route plates are not common at the best of times, but one for a conventional route such as this is astonishingly unusual, particularly as it appears to have had such a short life with very few stop locations.

296 EXPRESS

297 MON.-SAT.

Route 297 began operating in September 1968 as a Monday to Friday service between Willesden Garage and Perivale (Bideford Avenue) via Neasden Lane, Neasden, Wembley Park, Wembley Park Drive, Wembley High Road, Ealing Road, Alperton and Manor Farm Road, then via Aintree Road, Bideford Avenue and Dawlish Avenue, or Bilton Road, Horsenden Lane South and Dawlish Avenue, replacing the withdrawn section of route 46. In 1969 the Perivale loop was revised to operate in the clockwise direction only. In 1982 additional Monday to Friday peak service was added between Willesden Garage and Wembley Trading Estate, replacing withdrawn route 8 journeys. In June 1984 the route was extended from Perivale to Ealing Broadway via Teignmouth Gardens, Argyle Road, Cleveland Road, Castlebar Hill, Castlebar Road, Montpelier Avenue, Eaton Rise, Castlebar Road and Haven Green, and rerouted westbound in Perivale via the entire length of Dawlish Avenue instead of along Rockford Avenue and Tavistock Avenue. Three months later Sunday service was introduced between Ealing and Wembley Arena to cater for the Sunday Market trade. The following year the Sunday service was extended from Wembley to Willesden. In 1990 the Monday to Friday journeys diverted to Wembley Trading Estate were withdrawn, and the weekday morning journeys were rerouted southbound via Perivale Station instead of Bideford Avenue and Dawlish Avenue. In 1991 the Sunday routeing via Empire Way was withdrawn in favour of the weekday routeing. In 1992 the 297 was rerouted in Ealing to operate direct via Castlebar Road instead of along Eaton rise and Montpelier Avenue, and also rerouted in Alperton via Athlon Road and Manor Farm Road (south) instead of Manor Farm Road (north) this section becoming “hail and ride”. However, the Alperton section was converted to fixed stops in 1997.


Route 298 began operating in September 1968, replacing part of route 29 and all of route 29B. It ran from Turnpike Lane Station to Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate via Wood Green, Palmers Green, Southgate, Cockfosters, Potters Bar and Cranbourne Road during Monday to Friday peak hours, and to South Mimms (Blanche Lane) via Wood Green, Potters Bar and Cecil Road on Saturdays, with some journeys extended to Clare Hall Hospital, and some Monday to Friday peak hour trips to Borehamwood (Chester Road) via Barnet Way and Elstree Way. In 1970 it was withdrawn north of Cockfosters Station, but extended south to Finsbury Park Station via Manor House at all times. In 1973 it was withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Turnpike Lane, but this cut was restored in 1975. In 1977 it was again withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Turnpike Lane, but Sunday service was introduced between Turnpike Lane Station and Southgate Station, replacing the withdrawn section of route 29. In 1980 the 298 was converted to one-person-operation and replaced route 299. Monday to Friday peak journeys were extended to Potters Bar (Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate), and service was provided to South Mimms (Clare Hall Hospital). In 1986 operation passed to London Country, then Grey Green in 1988. In 1990 the 298 was converted to Mercedes midibus operation and withdrawn between Southgate and Turnpike Lane, now running from Southgate Station to Clare Hall Hospital via Chase Side, Cockfosters, Potters Bar, Cecil Road, South Mimms and Blanche Lane. In 1997 service was diverted to double run through Potters Bar Station, and operation was transferred to Arriva North. In 2002 the route was withdrawn between Potters Bar (Cranbourne Road Industrial Estate) and South Mimms—the section replaced by new route 398—and extended from Southgate to Arnos Grove Station via High Street, Waterfall Road and Bowes Road.





298A MON.-SAT.
298A MON-SAT
298A MON-SAT OAKWOOD
This plate may have come from Turnpike Lane Bus Station, where there were a number of destinated bus stops.

Route 298A was introduced in September 1968, replacing route 29A on Mondays to Fridays between Turnpike Lane Station and Oakwood Station via Wood Green, Palmers Green and Southgate. A Saturday service was introduced in 1971 to replace the withdrawn Southgate–Oakwood section of route 125A. The 298A was withdrawn in 1980 when it was replaced by changes to route 121.


The original route 299 was a night owl and was renumbered N99 when the night services were removed from the 2×× series to release those numbers for the trolleybus replacement routes. It was the only night route to run from West Ham Garage [WH] and served the Victoria & Albert docks.

This plate must be from the night route, as it has been in a private collection since the early 1960s, well before the Southgate service was allocated that number. The less-pronounced “hook” on the 2 also suggests that this “E” plate dates from earlier times.



299 MON.-FRI. SPECIAL JOURNEYS
299 MON-FRI. PEAK HOURS SPECIAL JOURNEYS FARE STAGE
◀ The 299 was a very interesting route with so many odd journeys running to different places, and this “E” plate is exceptionally rare as it combines MON-FRI. (note the lack of a full-stop after MON!), PEAK HOURS, SPECIAL JOURNEYS and FARE STAGE all on one route, something I don’t recall seeing on any other plate. It would have most likely come from the section to Borehamwood, and there might have been just a single stop on which a pair of these plates would have appeared.
This leaflet was distributed to publicize the replacement of double-deck RTs (Routemasters on Sundays) with single-deck SMS buses effective 3 July 1971. ▶
1971 route 299 leaflet

A new route 299 was introduced in January 1970, running daily between Southgate Station and South Mimms via Cockfosters and Potters Bar. Some peak hour journeys were diverted to Cranborne Road Industrial Estate, and a single journey in each peak was extended beyond South Mimms to Borehamwood (Chester Road). Some journeys throughout the week ran on from South Mimms to Clare Hall Hospital. It was converted to one-man-operation in July 1971. From 1977 one morning school journey was extended beyond Southgate to Palmers Green. The route was withdrawn in September 1980 and replaced by changes to route 298.

From February to October 1984 the number 299 was used for a Sunday service between Eltham (Well Hall) and Green Street Green via Avery Hill, Sidcup, St. Mary Cray and Orpington, when the 228 and 229 were temporarily withdrawn on that day.

In March 1985 the 299 returned as a Monday to Saturday service between Stratford (Bus Station) and Eastway (Sports Centre) via Water Lane, Great Eastern Road, Romford Road, Water Lane, Leytonstone Road, Crownfield Road, Temple Mills Lane, Eastway and Quarter Mile Lane. It was withdrawn in October 1990.

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