London Transport
Country Area Routes 434–439

South of the Thames

Last updated 16-2-10.

434
434 EAST GRINSTEAD DORMANSLAND EDENBRIDGE
This unusual “E” plate is a rare example of a hand-painted aluminium plate, and it could well have been produced when route 434 was extended beyond Crawley to Horsham in West Sussex in the late 1960s.
434 FARE STAGE - 473 FARE STAGE
This split plate is particularly unusual in not having a line to separate the two routes, and as with all split plates is much rarer, as are FARE STAGE plates. So, all in all, an astonishingly rare combination on this interesting plate representing two very long-established routes.

Route 434 ran daily between Edenbridge and Crawley via Dormansland, East Grinstead, Kingscote, Turners Hill, Crawley Down, Copthorne and Three Bridges.

Route 473 ran between Crawley (George) and Dormansland (Plough) but via Rowfant instead of Ridleys Corner and Copthorne, and came by much less frequently.


Route 436 is a long-extablished route and ran between Staines (Church Street) and Guildford (Onslow Street Bus Station) via Chertsey, Addlestone, New Haw, Woodham, Sheerwater, Woking, Kingfield Green, Send and Burpham. It was for many years operated by RLH low-height double-deckers.

A more detailed history of route 436 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).

Route 436 at 29-1-83
Route 436 at 29 January, 1983.
From The Motorbus in London Country.
436
436

436A ALIGHTING POINT ONLY

Route 436A ran between Staines and Ripley (Post Office) via Chertsey, Addlestone, New Haw, Woodham, Sheerwater, Woking, Kingfield Green and Send.

This “E” plate is notable for being an ALIGHTING POINT ONLY plate, which means it would have likely been produced for just a single stop.


Route 437

Route 437 ran between Woking Station and Weybridge (Lincoln Arms) via Maybury Inn, West Byfleet, Byfleet, New Haw and Addlestone. By 1968 it had been withdrawn beyond Addlestone. In 1983 it was extended from Weybridge to Kingston via Hersham and Esher, replacing the withdrawn section of route 219. The 437 was interworked with route 427 by RF single-deckers out of Addlestone [WY] Garage.

The extra  FARE STAGE  wording on this plate meant that it was on a bus stop where a particular fare started and ended. This was indicated for the benefit of both passengers and the conductor. There were fewer plates with this wording and they have become particularly collectable.

Route 437 at 29 January, 1983. From The Motorbus in London Country.

437 FARE STAGE

438
438

The 438 family of routes comprised just a few Monday to Friday peak hour journeys. Route 438 ran between Crawley (Bus Station) and East Grinstead via County Oak, Tinsley Green, Copthorne and Felbridge.

Routes 438A and 438C are described below.

The first “E” plate once had an A suffix. However, in the days of London Country the 438A was renumbered to 438 and they probably ground off the suffix, presumably as this was simpler than making new plates.


Route 438A provided just a couple of Monday to Friday peak hour journeys between Crawley (Bus Station) and East Grinstead via Manor Royal, Copthorne and Felbridge. There were very few journeys on th1s double-deck route which provided such a limited service.

438A

438C

Route 438C provided just a single Monday-to-Friday peak hour journey between Crawley (Bus Station) and East Grinstead via Manor Royal, Ridleys Corner, Copthorne, Crawley Down and Felbridge.


Route 439 originally ran from Redhill Station to Newdigate via Wray Common, Reigate, Leigh, Gadbrook (Cross Roads), Brockham Lane, Dorking, North Holmwood, South Holmwood and Beare Green. By 1967 route 429 had been withdrawn and the 439 had replaced it through Newdigate, Parkgate and Gadbrook, thus providing a circular service west of the latter junction. In 1974 the route was altered substantially: the Dorking–Newdigate–Brockham Green section was retained but the eastern section to Redhill was withdrawn, and a western section introduced to Guildford via Westcott, Shere, Albury and Shalford.

Route 439 map
Route 439 prior to 1974.
439
439
439
This “E” plate is hand-painted onto sheet aluminum, hence the slight irregularities.
439 NEWDIGATE
This plate likely came from either Dorking, or Gadbrook Cross Roads where buses ran in three different directions between 1967 and 1974.
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