London Transport
Country Area Routes 360–369

North of the Thames

Last updated 14-11-09.

360

Route 360 was a London Transport Country Area route running between Luton (Park Square) and Caddington via Farley Hill.


Route 361 ran on Mondays to Saturdays as a circular service from St. Albans Bus Garage via Chiswell Green, How Wood Estate and back via Chiswell Green to St. Albans. Some Monday to Friday afternoon journeys ran on to Harpenden (Church Green) via Sandridgebury Lane.

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361

362

Route 362 ran daily between High Wycombe (Queen Victoria Road) and Chesham (Ley Hill) via Terriers Cross Road, Hazlemere, Cozy Corner, Holmer Green, Penn Street, Amersham and Chesham Broadway. It was just recently withdrawn, on 5 July of this year.


Route 362A ran daily between High Wycombe and Chesham (Ley Hill) via Terriers Cross Road, Widmer End, Primrose Hill, Cozy Corner, Holmer Green, Penn Street, Amersham and Chesham Broadway. In later years the Chesham terminal was changed to Nashleigh Arms. I’m not too sure of the history of the weekend red variant, as it doesn’t feature anywhere in my reference books from the 1960s up to the ’70s, so it must have been from another period. I think it did funny bits around the High Wycombe and Holmer Green areas. On 22nd June, 1974, route 362A became the 364 as part of the plan to eliminate suffix letters.

362A
This “E” plate is one that was outside Amersham Garage on the day it closed. Lots of souvenir hunters around that day! What more to be said?
362A SATURDAY & SUNDAY
362A SATURDAY & SUNDAY FARE STAGE
It is very unusual to find “E” plates that have all the information in red except the  FARE STAGE  and they always look rather pleasing. It is especially rare to find this treatment for a Country Area route as so few of them featured in red compared to the Central Area, and even less would have had the  FARE STAGE  lettering.

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363 FARE STAGE
A little Photoshop trickery was used to create the image of this “E” plate.

Route 363 ran from Totteridge to Penn via High Wycombe, Terriers and Hazlemere.

I think “E” plates for the 363 were rather rare because they would only have appeared on stops in High Wycombe town centre.

RMC1490
Coach Routemaster RMC1490 [490CLT] downgraded to bus work on the 363 outside Wycombe station in November 1976. As you can see, the light is very awkward; however, this is the only shot Paul ever took at this location.
Paul Davis photo
The “E” plates below the stop flag in the picture on the left are probably
364
363 FARE STAGE 362 326 FARE STAGE
SM123
London Country AEC Swift SM123 [BPH123H] in Easton Street, High Wycombe, in September 1977, showing 326 and 363 “E” plates on the stop. The enlargement clearly shows it as 363, and not 365 which came into use locally just after this photo was taken.
Paul Davis photo

Route 364 ran daily between Luton (Park Square) and Flamstead Village via Farley Hill, Woodside, Markyate and Friars Wash. There was a Mondays to Saturdays extension from Luton to Hitchin (St. Mary’s Square) via Cockernhoe, Tea Green, The Heath, Breachwood Green, Kings Walden, Preston and Gosmore. The route was operated by Hitchin garage [HN] until it closed in 1958, thence by Luton [LS], and extended to Markyate and Flamstead over the former 356 routeing. The service gradually declined, and was withdrawn in 1972 as part of London Country’s rural cutbacks that year. It was taken over by Court Line around 1973 who subsequently folded amid great publicity. The route was apparently very picturesque, running along very narrow country lanes through very rural countryside, but sadly I never managed to travel on it.

In 1974 the number 364 was assigned to the old route 362A, running between High Wycombe and Chesham (Nashleigh Arms) via Terriers Cross Road, Widmer End, Primrose Hill, Cozy Corner, Holmer Green, Penn Street, Amersham and Chesham Broadway. It survived the closure of Wycombe Garage in October ’77, and was in use 1978-79 by Amersham-based buses. The route was withdrawn with the service revisions of 13 April, 1980, connected with the Chilternlink major changes of that date.

364
Older plates tended to have larger numbers, which is evidenced by the heavier wethering on this plate (which probably came from the Luton to Hitchin service).
This “E” plate could have come from either instance of the 364. ▶
364

364A 364A

Route 364A was a branch of the 364 that ran on Mondays to Saturdays from Hitchin (St. Mary’s Square) to Whipsnade Zoo via Gosmore, Preston, Kings Walden, The Heath, Breachwood Green, Cockernhoe, Luton Airport, then daily from Luton (Park Square) via Farley Hill, Woodside, Markyate and Kensworth. Only a couple of journeys served Whipsnade Zoo except on Sundays when the whole service ran there. It also suffered the same fate at the hands of Court Line.

The unevenness of the numbers on the second “E” plate suggests to me that it may have been hand-lettered.


Route 365 ran daily between Luton (Park Square) and St. Albans (City Station) via Viaduct Arches, Newmill End, Coldharbour, Batford, Cherry Trees, Wheathampstead, Sandridge and St. Albans, with a week-end extension to Hill End.

The dstinated SUNDAYS ONLY plate is quite unusual, and came from they extension beyond St. Albans to the Handley Page ærodrome at Radlett, which was possibly a suplement to (or replacement for) the Green Line 712.

365
365 RADLETT SUNDAYS ONLY

366
366

Route 366 was introduced as a railway replacement service for the Welwyn Garden City–Luton (officially Hatfield–Dunstable) railway line which was closed in 1965. The 366 ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Luton (Park Square) and Welwyn Garden City Station via Newmill End, Batford Corner, Cherry Tress and Wheathampstead, virtually parallel to the old railway. The route hardly altered over the years, which accounts for the very old plates. Thanks to Alan Owen for straightening out some confusion about the 365 and 366.

The 366 changed very little during its life, which is why the first “E” plate is tatty, as most were very old when they were finaly removed.


Route 367 map

Route 367 was a works service for the Bata Shoe Factory and ran just a few Monday to Friday rush hour journeys between Bata Road and Tilbury Docks (The “Ship”) via Chadwell St. Mary and Tilbury.

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368
368 VIA HATHAWAY ROAD
I believe that this “E” plate is likely from the vicinity of the Grays terminus, where there would have been a different boarding point for the journeys to Stifford Clays.
368 VIA HATHAWAY ROAD
I had thought that there had been only one pair of VIA HATHAWAY ROAD plates made, but the significant differences between these two examples seem to indicate that they were manufactured at different times.
368 VIA TURPS CORNER
Turps Corner is at the intersection of Palmers Avenue and Southend Road, so this plate would have been on a stop served by “regular” journeys.
Route 368 map
LC SNB227
London Country short Leyland National SNB 227 [LPB227P] at Chadwell St. Mary in July 1979, en route to the Bata factory.
Steve Fennell photo; LBIC70
Pre-war Couch U & bus 368timetable◀ A pre-war timetable for the Green Line coach “U” and Country Area bus 368 (in conjunction the the LMS) service to Whipsnade Zoo.

The original route 368, dating to before the War, was a summer-only service running between St. Albans and Whipsnade Zoo via Redbourne, Friars Wash, Markyate and Kensworth. It was withdrawn at the end of the 1950 or ’51 season.

The modern route 368 (which these “E” plates are from) began running in 1961 between East Tilbury (Bata Shoe Factory) and Grays (Queens Hotel)—now the site of a MacDonalds—via Chadwell St. Mary, with a journey extended to and from Stifford Clays. The route was a very infrequent service running only during Monday to Friday peak hours to serve the needs of workers at the Bata Factory. There would have been very few stops with “E” plates, probably only in Grays town centre.


The original route 369 ran between Dunstable and Sandridge via Kensworth (Packhorse), Markyate, Friars Wash, Redbourn and St. Albans. It was withdrawn in 1956 or ’57, as by 1958 the 369 had migrated to Essex and was shuttling between South Ockendon Station and Aveley (Usk Road) via Belhus. Although nominally a weekday service, there were only occasional Monday to Friday journeys. In the mid-1970s it was withdrawn between Aveley and Belhus.

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