London Transport
Country Area Routes 353 - 359

North of the Thames

Last updated 05-11-09.

353
353
353
LC SM476

Route 353 ran daily between Windsor (Bus Station) and Berkhamsted Station via Slough, Stoke Green, Stoke Common, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Amersham, Chesham and Ashley Green.

A more detailed history of route 353 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).

◀ London Country AEC Swift SM476 [DPD476J] at Amersham Garage on 5 August 1976. The centre “E” plate on the bus stop flag is identical to the ones shown here.
Michael Furnell photo; LBIC70

Route 354 was a local circular service in the St. Albans area running both ways ’round the loop from Marshalswick (Chandlers Road) via Sandpit Lane, St. Peter’s Street, City Station and Fleetville back to Marshalswick.

354

355
355 FARE STAGE

Route 355 ran daily between Harpenden (Church Green) and Radlett (Station Road) via Batford Corner, Cherry Trees, Wheathampstead, Sandridge, St. Albans, Park Street and Colney Street, and was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Borehamwood (Cowley Hill).


Route 355A started running in late 1959 (or early 1960) as a weekday-only service between How Wood Estate and St. Albans via Park Street, St. Julians and St. Stephens. It was withdrawn in about 1972.

355A
355A ALIGHTING POINT ONLY
This “E” plate may have come from St. Albans.
355A SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
Some journeys may have been extended to Harpenden; if so, then this plate would likely have been for that service.

357

Route 357 was a short-lived Grays local service—only appearing on my June 1952 Country Area map—running between Tilbury Docks and Nutberry Corner via Socketts Heath. The service was resurrected over the same routeing in 1962. In 1965 it was extended from Nutberry Corner to Grays. It was discontinued by London Country in the mid-’70s.


Route 358 ran between St. Albans Bus Garage and Borehamwood (Milton Drive) via London Road, Napsbury Gates and Shenley.

I believe the first plate is a particularly old one with the much larger style of numbers and the more-circular figure 8, although it is true that the numbers were never of a constant size. However, the route hardly changed over the years, so it is likely to date from the earlier days of “E” plates on the route.

358
358
358

359
359 SPECIAL JOURNEYS

Route 359 ran daily between Amersham Station and Aylesbury via Little Missenden, Great Missenden, Wendover and Weston Turville Turn.

I believe the SPECIAL JOURNEYS “E” plate came from the Great Missenden Station forecourt for the odd terminating journeys.

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