Morden in 1930Central Area single-deck routes

Route renumbering, 1934

After the amalgamation of London's bus, tram and underground system in July 1933, and the end of the era of the independent operator by the acquisition of most by the new London Passenger Transport Board, a new bus and tram route numbering system was introduced in October 1934.
S433, one of the S-class single-deckers dating from 1923, loads at Morden in 1930 for route 155B to South Wimbledon via Worcester Park.  The route was renumbered 245 in 1934, then on double-decking with the Central Area's first low-height buses in 1941 was renumbered out of the single-deck series as 127.
Photo W Noel Jackson collection, © Alan Cross 
The renumbering was described in the publicity as ''necessary owing to the duplication of numbers now used.  Further, the numbering of the routes is simplified to assist the travelling public".  In fact, the exercise was for bureaucratic convenience at the instigation of the Metropolitan Police.  One element of the renumbering, which became distinctive to enthusiasts but probably bemused the travelling public, was that all single-deck routes (including those with some double-deck workings) were to be numbered in the 200-series. 
The single-deck routes that were renumbered on 3 Oct 34 were as follows.  Not all routes were renumbered - the single-deck routes already in the 200-series are listed here.


route number    


route number     

Operation  From To
103      200      Crew Wimbledon Station Raynes Park Raynes Park Hotel
105 201 Crew Kingston Bus Station Lampton
108D 208 Crew Clapton Pond Bromley-by-Bow
110 210 Crew Golders Green Station Finsbury Park Station
111 212 Crew  Muswell Hill Broadway Finsbury Park Station
113 213 Crew  Kingston Bus Station Belmont
171 214 Crew Kingston Bus Station Chertsey St Annes Road
115 215 Crew Kingston Bus Station Guildford Horse & Groom
198 216 OMO         Kingston Bus Station Staines
61 217 Crew Kingston Bus Station Staines
62 218 Crew Kingston Bus Station Staines
79 219 Crew Kingston Bus Station Woking
181B 220 OMO Uxbridge Garage Pinner Red Lion
353 221 OMO Pinner Red Lion North Harrow Station
501 222 Crew Uxbridge New Inn Hounslow Central Station
505 223 OMO Ickenham Richings Park
506 224 OMO Uxbridge New Inn Stanwell
109 227 Crew Penge Crooked Billet Welling
195 228 Crew Eltham Well Hall Station Chislehurst
609 229 Crew Penge Crooked Billet Bromley North Station
41A 232 Crew Highgate Station Crouch End Broadway
154 233 Crew Muswell Hill Finsbury Park Station
87 234 Crew Streatham Common Purley
263 236 Crew Finsbury Park Rock Street Leyton
137 237 OMO Hounslow Garage Chertsey Kings Arms
538 238 Crew Stroud Green Enfield Forty Hill
539 238A Crew Edmonton Station Enfield Forty Hill
297 239 Crew Tufnell Park Kings Cross
104 240 Crew Golders Green Station Edgware Station
141 241 Crew Edgware Station Borehamwood
306 242 Crew Waltham Cross Epping Forest The Volunteer
621 243 Crew Peckham and Nunhead circular    
603 244 Crew Muswell Hill Broadway Southgate
155B 245 Crew Morden Station South Wimbledon Station
305 246 Crew Hornchurch Station Collier Row
G2 247 Crew Romford Mawney's Road Brentwood
187 247A Crew Chadwell Heath Harold Wood
G3 248 OMO Upminster Station Cranham
G4 249 OMO Upminster Station Corbets Tey
G7 250 Crew Romford Rainham Road Epping Town
G6 250A Crew Romford Rainham Road Ongar
551 251 Crew Edgware Burnt Oak Arnos Grove Station
G5 252 OMO Romford Noak Hill
G5A 252A OMO Romford Harold Wood
G5B 252B OMO Romford Emerson Park


Other single-deck routes at October 1934, already in the 200-series which had originally been used by independent operators, are listed on the next page.


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