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Ealing
E1

Route E1 was introduced in November 1968 as a flat-fare route in the Ealing area running between Greenford (Red Lion) and Brentford (County Court) via Greenford Avenue, Drayton Bridge Road, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Boston Manor and Half Acre. It replaced parts of routes 211 and 255. In 1970 it was diverted from Brentford to Syon Park via London Road on Sundays between 1100 and 2100. This extension was withdrawn in 1979. In 1990 the route was shortened to run only between Greenford and Ealing Broadway, the withdrawn section replaced by new route E8.

Lettered routes are relatively uncommon on “E” plates and only three of the Ealing flat-fare (E-Line) routes had them: the E1, E2 and E3.


Route E2 was introduced in 1968 as part of the Ealing flat-fare scheme using MBSs, and ran daily between Brentford (County Court) and Greenford (Red Lion) via Windmill Road, Northfields, West Ealing, Ealing Broadway, Pitshanger Lane and Ruislip Road East, replacing route 97. From 1970 to 1991 it was diverted from Brentford to Syon Park via London Road during daytime on Sundays. In 1982 certain peak hour journeys were diverted in Ealing via Cleveland Road and Castlebar Hill instead of Pitshanger Lane. In 1984 the E2 was extended from Greenford to Ruislip Station on Monday to Saturday, and further extended Summer Sundays to Ruislip Lido, replacing the withdrawn route 273. In 1986 the Ealing peak hours diversion was withdrawn. The Ruislip Lido service was withdrawn in 1990, and the section between Ruislip and Greenford was replaced by new route E7 on Monday to Saturday. In 1997 the E2 was withdrawn entirely between Greenford and Ruislip, this section replaced by new Sunday service on the E7.

I believe this “E” plate came from the Sunday afternoon extension to Syon Park. It’s rather unusual to have “E” plates with the wording SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

E2 SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Harrow
H1
The H1 is not an easy route to find “E” plates for.
H1
Route H1 map
Route H1 as of 1 January 1970.
Adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.

Route H1 was introduced in 1969 as a flat-fare route replacing the 230 and ran between Northwick Park Station and Rayners Lane Station via Kenton, Wealdstone and North Harrow. The route has been withdrawn in recent years and replaced by a circular service numbered H10.

Hampstead

Route H2 was introduced to replace the Dial-a-Ride service in Hampstead Garden Suburb in the ’70s, and followed a fixed route serving roads not accessible by conventional buses, to a regular timetable. I believed that the only “E” plates for the route would have been at Golders Green Station, and at Market Place. However, Andrew Colebourne wrote:

“With reference to the Hampstead Garden Suburb minibus H2 plate, I think there were more ‘E’ plates than [orginally] suggested by the caption. In addition to the stop in the forecourt of Golders Green Station and that at Market Place, the route also picked up at the first stop west of the crossroads in Golders Green Road and there was also a stop at the Golders Green Road end of Hoop Lane. On the return to Golders Green buses set down outside the Finchley Road entrance to Golders Green station. I think all of these stops had ‘E’ plates, hence there must have been at least ten produced. I believe there were also fixed stops at Central Square and at Kingsley Way but it seems likely these would not have ‘E’ plates. I have a vague recollection of the latter stop being a ‘Request’ sign.
“Please find attached a scan of the 1979 panel timetable for the route, which includes a diagrammatic map. When the route was first introduced it ran both ways along the west end of Hoop Lane to/from Golders Green Road but I cannot recall whether there was an inbound stop at that end of Hoop Lane. After diversion to return via Finchley Road, passengers could still request the former route, as it says at the top of the timetable under the route details. This must be unusual (unique?) for an LT Central Bus route.
“The stand in the forecourt of Golders Green Station was originally in front of the Green Line stops on the west side, where the previous Dial-a-Bus service picked up. It was later moved to the end of the loading island nearest the entrance, shared with route 13. (It is still the 13 stand today.) The latter stand had ‘E’ plates on the stop sign, but I cannot say whether they were transferred from the previous location or new ones.”
H2 MON.-SAT.
H2 timetable
Harrow
H18

Route H18 runs Monday to Saturday except evenings between Harrow-on-the-Hill (Bus Station) and Harrow Weald via Northwick Park Station (‘up’ journeys only), Kenton and Belmont.

This is one of the plastic tiles which superseded the enamel “E” plates and vinyl stickers used on London bus stops. This type of plate has a fitting on the back which fits into a kind of keyhole mounting on the bus stop flag.

Route H18 in November 2004. Adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.

Route H18 map
Kingston

“Kingfisher” branded route K10 ran from Kingston to Staines via Thames Ditton, Hampton Court and Byfleet. It was a commercial venture of the late 1980s by Kingston Bus, one of the low-cost units of London Buses whose main purpose was to tender for London Transport contracts. The service was operated by Leyland National LS-type vehicles from Norbiton Garage [NB].

A more recent K10 is the Surrey County Council service operated by Epsom Buses that runs Monday to Saturday except evenings from Kingston (Fairfield Bus Station) to Epsom General Hospital via New Malden, Worcester Park, Stoneleigh, Ewell and Epsom, with one Monday to Friday early morning journey extended to Langley Vale (Epsom Race Course).

These specially-produced bus stop stickers were designed in a unique two-tone blue style, which loosely reflected the crest of the Royal Borough of Kingston in which the route started. They would only have been displayed at a handful of stops, as most of the route was outside London and served standard Department of Transport bus stop flags. The sticker is glossy self-adhesive plastic. Very few of these stickers are known to survive.

Kingfisher K10 MON-SAT
Morden
M1

Route M1 was introduced in 1969 as a flat-fare route running daily between Raynes Park and Hackbridge via Morden and St. Helier, replacing part of route 118. It has long since been withdrawn and replaced by extensions of other services, including route 164. It was an unusual route number as it was the only one prefixed with the letter “M”.

MBS 452 [VLW452G] boarding passengers at Morden Station on I believe the first day of the M1. Later it was one of 70 Merlins hired to London Country, serving at Garston garage [GR] during the autumn and winter of 1974-75.

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M1
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