Red RF routes
Page last updated 20 December
One of the Uxbridge RT routes converted to RF OMO in January
RFs still rule the roost
at Uxbridge in early summer 1973. Uxbridge garage's
RF391 departs on the 204 to Hayes Station, passing London Country
RF568 from Windsor garage, sporting decidedly non-LT blinds.
Did Uxbridge residents know where 'Farnham Road George'
was, one wonders? The 204 was converted to Swift operation in
June; both RFs were to be sold for scrap the following
year. A 'modernised' former Green Line RF on the
457A to Windsor Castle sits behind, while
Garston's really rattly Atlantean AN96 in London & Manchester
advertising livery has run in on the 321 and is hiding.
Dates of RF operation
16 Jan 71 to 29 Jun 73
(total 2 years 5 months, all OMO)
UXBRIDGE STATION and HAYES STATION
UXBRIDGE STATION and HAYES Bourne Avenue
Reason for single-deck operation
RFs were introduced in 1971 to enable one-man operation, as part
of the major reintroduction of RFs to Uxbridge, also covering the
223 and 224 group.
The 204 was introduced in 1951 as part of the post-war
expansion of services, running daily from Uxbridge via Colham
Green to Hayes Station (known to the Great Western as
Hayes & Harlington). Uxbridge garage (UX) provided
STLs on weekdays and RTs on Sundays, with RTs taking over
completely the following year. The Uxbridge to Colham Green
section was shared with the 223
which route the 204 remained closely associated.
A peaceful Sunday at Uxbridge. RF402 works UX32
to Hayes Bourne Avenue
Photo Peter Gomm collection
The first change was in February 1955, when the 204 took over
the 223's Sunday workings from Uxbridge to Ruislip, together
with part of its Monday to Friday peak hour service. These
journeys were passed back to the 223 in March 1961, except for one
morning and one evening journey on Monday to Friday which
operated for two more years before being withdrawn. On the
same date, 8 Mar 63, the route was extended southwards from
Uxbridge instead, on Monday to Friday, to West Drayton (between
peaks and early evening) and (peak hours) London Airport
Central. This extension replaced the 224C
Also on 8 Mar 63, the Saturday service was withdrawn, being
replaced by the 204A. This route recreated the
Ruislip link during shopping hours on that day, with a
corresponding reduction in the 223 service, otherwise running
simply between Uxbridge and Hayes. The 204A lasted
until the end of 1966, when the Ruislip journeys reverted to the
223 and the remainder was renumbered 204.
Thus in the late 60s, the route ran from Hayes Station
to Uxbridge, then on to West Drayton and Heathrow on Monday to
Friday. The next change came on 19 Apr 70, when the route was
extended on Sundays from Hayes Station to Hayes Bourne
The conversion from RT to OMO RF occurred simultaneously
with that of the 223
16 Jan 71, along with the transfer of the Heathrow services to the
(as far as Heathrow
North) and the revised 223. The RFs didn't last long on
the route, being replaced by SMSs on 30 Jun 73.
SMS382 works to Hayes
Station in 1978 or 1979. This bus was only 11 years old when
scrapped in 1982.
Photo © Paul Redmond
The route was extended daily to Bourne Avenue in 1979 and
converted to LS-operation in 1980, before being renumbered U4 in
1989. The U4 is now a busy route and was converted to
double-deck operation in 2003.
, with timing points
UXBRIDGE STATION, Bakers Road, Belmont Road, High Street
Uxbridge, Hillingdon Road, Kingston Lane, Pield Heath Road,
Hillingdon Hospital, Colham
Green Lane, West Drayton Road, Harlington Road, Judge Heath Lane,
Roundabout, Botwell Lane, Church Road, Station
Road, Blyth Road, Clarendon Road (return via Clayton Road to
Station Road), HAYES STATION (daily). Extended Sundays via
Station Road, Dawley Road, Bourne Avenue to HAYES
Map © London Transport 1972
From Uxbridge, the route took about 24 minutes to Hayes
Station, 30 minutes to Hayes Bourne Avenue.
The 1965 faretable (when the route was RT-operated in a
horseshoe-shape, the western part having replaced 224C
) is here
PVR 1971 (Jan): Mon-Fri 7, Sat 6, Sun 2
PVR 1972 (Jun): Mon-Fri 8 (+1 ex 224B), Sat 6, Sun
The 204 was operated at the Uxbridge Running Day in 2011 and 2012.
RF486 running the Sunday 204
to Hayes Bourne Avenue, seen in Bourne Avenue.
Photo © Peter