London Transport
Country Area Routes 310–313

North of the Thames

Last updated 16-2-10.

310
310 FARE STAGE
310 MON.-SAT.
310 FARE STAGE - 327 FARE STAGE
◀ It is interesting in that this “E” plate appears to have been hand-painted then enamelled. The two 3s are different and the numbers are not properly spaced, nor the edges very sharp. I believe it came from the Broxbourne area. It was unusual for Country Area “E” plates to carry days of operation, but this one was produced in the latter days of enamelled plates and curiously included MON.-SAT., although I think the route was daily for most of the time.

Route 310 was a very long-established route and ran daily between Enfield Town and Hertford (Bus Station) via Great Cambridge Road, Halfway House, Bullsmoor Lane, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Turnford, Wormley, Broxbourne, Hoddesdon, Amwell Cross Roads and Ware. On Mondays to Fridays it was extended to Sele Farm Estate via Hertford North. It has declined considerably over the years and no longer runs south of Waltham Cross and into the Greater London area.

Route 327 ran daily between Hertford (Bus Station) and Nazeingwood Common via Ware, St. Margarets, Rye House, Hoddesdon, Broxbourne and Nazeing. It was the last route to use pre-war RT buses because of a weak bridge near Broxbourne.

A more detailed history of route 310 and its variants can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).


Route 310A was a very long-established route that ran daily from Enfield Town to Rye House via Great Cambridge Road, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Turnford, Wormley, Broxbourne and Hoddesdon. It paralleled the 310 between Enfield Town and Hoddesdon where it forked off to the right at the Clock Tower and did a loop ’round the Rye Park area, finishing in Old Highway a short distance from the ruins of the Old Rye House. The number was changed to 316 when the “A” suffixes were removed in the late 1970s, in favour of three-digit numbers. After deregulation in the 1990s, the number 310A reappeared on a red London bus service operating on a rival route from Enfield to Hertford via Hertford Road instead of Great Cambridge Road.

310A
310A
310A

311

Route 311 ran from Watford (Chilcott Road) to Shenley via Gammons Lane, Watford Junction, Watford, Bushey, Aldenham and Radlett.


The original route 312 ran between Little Bushey and Watford (Chilcott Road) via Bushey, Watford, Watford Junction and Gammons Lane.

The later 312 (which these “E” plates are from) ran between Highfield and Durrant’s Farm Estate via Hemel Hempstead, Two Waters and Berkhamsted. Some journeys ran to Tring LT Bus Garage via Northchurch and Dudswell. For much of the ’50s through to the mid-seventies it was worked by a pair of RT double-deckers out of Hemel Hempstead Garage [HH].

312
This “E” plate dates from the late 1960s.
312 FARE STAGE
This plate has the extra FARE STAGE wording, indicating that it was on a bus stop where a particular fare started and ended. This was for the benefit of both conductors and passengers. There were fewer plates with this wording and they have become particularly collectable.
312 SPECIAL JOURNEYS
This “E” plate is believed to have come from a stop at Northchurch Post Office where a few journeys used to turn around. As with all SPECIAL JOURNEYS plates, they tend to be rather rare.

313
313
313 SUMMER
The back of this plate is black, instead of the more common white.
1951 route 313 timetable

Route 313 ran from Enfield to St. Albans via Chase Side, Botany Bay, Potters Bar, South Mimms and London Colney. In 1951 it was extended during the summer months to Whipsnade Zoo via Redbourne, Friars Wash, Markyate and Kensworth. In 1962 the service was amended so that buses ran non-stop between St. Albans and Whipsnade, but by 1964 stops had been added back at Redbourne and Markyate. The 313 continued in this form through the ’70s, but had been withdrawn by 1983.

◀ This timetable dated 16th May 1951 is from the first season of service to Whipsnade Zoo. The reverse side shows journeys in opposite direction.

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