London Transport
Country Area Routes 460–469

South of the Thames

Last updated 23-03-10.

460 MON.-SAT.
Route 460 farecard
A card fare table for Country bus route 460. On RT-type vehicles they were displayed behind a glass panel at the rear of the lower saloon by the bench seat next to the staircase This one is of the larger size designed for RT and RF type buses, and it is a bit grubby from use, with some foxing due to age. It dates from 1968.

Route 460 began in 1943 between Slough Station and Leatherhead when route 462 was withdrawn between those two towns. By 1950 the 460 was running daily between Staines (Central Station) and Slough Station via Hythe End, Wraysbury, Sunnymeads, Datchet Common and Datchet. In 1962 it was extended from Slough to Langley, but this service was withdrawn the following year. From 1976 some journeys were extended from Slough to Staines via Horton.

Route 461 ran between Staines (Bridge Street) and Walton-on-Thames via Eastly End, Chertsey, Addleston and Weybridge. In 1959 Sunday journeys operated between Chertsey and Walton-on-Thames, but these did not last for more than a year or so. In 1976 the route was diverted at Addleston to St. Peter’s Hospital via Ottershaw.



Route 461A ran between Walton-on-Thames (Odeon) and Ottershaw via Weybridge, Addlestone and Combelands. In 1959 it was extended beyond Ottershaw to Botleys Park (St. Peter’s Hospital). The 461A was inter-worked with the 461 using RT and RLH double-deckers out of Addlestone [WY] and Guildford [GF] garages until its withdrawal in the early 1970s.

This service was started by London General as route 162 (Staines to Burnham Beeches) in 1926, and later extended to Leatherhead (Bull), being renumbered 462 at the formation of the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933. The route was cut in two in June 1943: the Slough–Staines section becoming route 460, and the rest—Staines to Leatherhead—remained as 462. By 1950 the 462 was running daily between Leatherhead Station and Staines West Station via Fetcham, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Brooklands Hill, Weybridge, Addlestone and Chertsey. In 1964 it was withdrawn between Chertsey and Staines, and further cut back beyond Addlestone in 1968; however, Monday to Saturday service continued to Chertsey, with some morning journeys further extended during Monday to Friday peak hours to Staines. In 1976 London Country restored full service between Addlestone and Staines.

Norman Brown was kind enough to write, “My interest stems from the time when we lived in Slough on the route close to the Slough (Alpha Street) Garage; [it was] empty when I knew it but later became Slough BRS Depot for a short time. We left Slough in 1942 and by the time I met up with [route] 460 after the war it had become double deck. I remember [the] 462 as mainly C, occasional CR, and Q. It was operated at one point by a loaned West Yorkshire Bristol; there is a shot in one of the earlier Ian Allan books at Slough Station exhibiting the blind 462 SLOUGH STATION, probably on a short to Datchet Green.”

Route 462 changed very little over the years, and this accounts for this plate being old and rather discoloured.

RLH 11 [KYY511] is caught just pulling away from the stop on a eastbound trip en route to WALTON [on-Thames]. My guess is that this photo was taken in Black Prince, as the B(C)C(C)E9 stop flag has only three “E” plates, which appear to be for routes 463, 456 and 716A. There is also an “apple core” and “pineapple” at the top of the post.

Route 463 originally ran daily between Woking and Walton-on-Thames (Odeon) via Woodham, New Haw, Addlestone and Weybridge. By 1952 it had been extended from Woking to Guildford (Bus Station) via Kingfield Green, Old Woking, Send, Burnt Common, Clandon, West Clandon and Merrow. Starting in the mid-1970s some journeys were diverted between Addleston and Woodham via Row Town.

Route 464 ran between Holland (Coldshott) and Westerham via Hurst Green—some journeys detouring via Pollards Oak—Oxted, New Oxted, Limpsfield, Chart, Kent Hatch, Crockham Hill and Hosey Common. Buses on the 464 arriving at Westerham would usually change into a 485 running to Edenbridge, where they would then change into a 465 to run back to Holland. A similar arrangement ran in the reverse direction. Additional service operated between Holland and Barrow Green via Oxted. From 1952 to 1956 some journeys continued on from Oxted Station to Chelsham via Titsey Hill. In 1964 the route was extended north of Oxted, by about 350 yards from Barrow Green Road to Gordons Way. In the mid-’70s the route was withdrawn between Chart and Westerham, but service was reintroduced from Oxted to Chelsham.

This ALIGHTING POINT ONLY “E” plate would have most likely been on a stop in Oxted.
There were many different “shorts” running to Staffhurst Wood at school times, and this plate might have come from one of them. SPECIAL JOURNEYS  FARE STAGE  plates are particularly rare, and this one is even more unusual in having two different sizes of lettering.


Route 465 operated between Holland (Coldshott) and Edenbridge via Hurst Green, Oxted, New Oxted, Limpsfield, Char, Kent Hatch and Crockham Hill. Buses on the 465 arriving at Edenbridge would usually change into a 485 running to Westerham, where they would then change into a 464 to run back to Holland. A similar arrangement ran in the reverse direction. Additional journeys ran from Holland to Barrow Green via Oxted, but these were withdrawn in 1957. The route was withdrawn in its entirety in the early 1970s, but the number was reused in 1977 for the Oxted local service, with irregular journeys provided from Oxted to the surrounding villages and estates of Chalkpit Wood, Tatsfield, Biggin Hill, Chart, Crockham Hill, Holland and Tandridge.

Route 466 ran on Mondays to Saturdays between Staines (Church Street) and Knowle Hill via Egham, Stroude and Virginia Water. In the early 1960s some journeys ran off the normal line of route to Virginia Water Station. The route remained unchanged right through London Country days.


Route 467 fare card
A card fare table for country bus routes 467 and 491. Route 467 is printed on one side and route 491 on the reverse. These fares charts were displayed behind a glass panel at the rear of the lower saloon by the bench seat next to the staircase. This one is of the larger size designed for RT and RF type busses and is a bit grubby and creased from use. It is dated 1968.

Route 467 ran daily between Sidcup Station and Dartford via Foots Cray, North Cray, Bexley, Crayford and Princes Road. On Mondays to Saturdays it ran beyond Dartford to Horton Kirby (Westminster Mills) via Wilmington, Hawley, Sutton-at-Hone and darenth. It was worked from Dartford Garage [DT] in conjunction with the 491 which ran between Lower Belvedere and Dartford and was similarly extended to Horton Kirby in parallel with the 467. In 1974 or 1975 the 467 was renumbered 492 to save bus drivers the effort of having to change two number blinds when switched between the 491 and 467 journeys on vehicles that had three-track number blinds. The Sidcup to Dartford section of the route survives today as part of London Buses’ route 492.

Route 467 was reintroduced by London Country on 27th November 1976, running on Monday to Saturday between Staines Station and Poyle (Coleridge Crescent) via Yeoveney Lodge and Poyle Farm. The Monday to Friday service was withdrawn less than a year later on 1st October 1977, leaving just the Saturday journeys. On 6th October 1979 the westbound service was diverted via the new Staines bus station, and at the same time London Transport introduced a lettered bus stop scheme in Staines, so the bus stops in the town centre were changed to London Transport-style stops with “E” plates, for which this plate was created. The 467 was withdrawn on 24th May 1980; therefore this plate had a working life of little more than six months.



Route 467A operated from 1954 to 1960, providing odd journeys on Sunday afternoons from Sidcup Station to Temple Hill Estate, Dartford (Bow Arrow Lane) via Foots Cray, North Cray, Bexley Crayford and Princes Road. It was a replacement for the 499 which had no Sunday service.

Route 468 ran daily between Chessington Zoo (now the World of Adventures) and Epsom Station via West Ewell and Ewell, and was extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Effingham via Ashtead, Leatherhead and Great Bookham.

◀ This SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY plate was once located, many years ago, outside Chessington Zoo. The stop also carried this unusual “G” plate:



Route 469 ran between Staines (Church Street) and Virginia Water (Wheatsheaf) via Pooley Green, Thorpe Lea, Thorpe and Virginia Water Station.

The 469 did not change at all over the years and this “E” plate probably dates from the first introduction of bus stops on the route, presumably in the early ’50s.

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