London Transport
Central Area Routes 66–69

Last updated 23-08-10.

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66 MON.-SAT.
66 MON-SAT
66 ALIGHTING POINT
Route 66 & 66B leaflet
◀ Bus stop timetable for routes 66 and 66B, dated 18.7.70.
Leaflet for the one-person-operation conversion of routes 66 and 66B starting 8 January 1972, with print code 172/1017M/49,000. This is a fold-out leaflet with brief details of the changes and a fare table on the front. Inside are bus stop timetables for the service and on the back are diagrams showing how to use split entrance buses. ▶
Route 66 & 66B leaflet

Route 66 ran daily from Leytonstone (Green Man) to Hornchurch Station via Wanstead, Redbridge, Gants Hill, Newbury Park, Little Heath, Romford, Slewins Lane and Ardleigh Green. In 1952 some Monday to Saturday rush hour and Sunday p.m. journeys were extended to Hacton Drive. In 1970 the Sunday service was renumbered 66B and the Monday to Saturday service was diverted at Romford to Harold Wood Station via Gidea Park and Harold Hill. In 1982 the route was withdrawn between Romford Station and Harold Wood, except for Monday to Friday daytimes and Saturday shopping hours when it continued to Gidea Park Station. A Sunday service was introduced replacing route 66B. In 1987 the 66 was withdrawn between Romford and Gidea Park. In 1997 it was extended in Leytonstone from the Green Man to the Station.


Route 66A began running on 22 October 1952 between Harold Hill (Dagnam Park Drive) and Romford (North Street) via Petersfield Avenue, Farringdon Avenue and Gidea Park. It was extended during Monday to Friday peak hours to Newbury Park Station via Little Heath and Eastern Avenue, and further on to Gants Hill on Sunday afternoons. One a.m. peak hour journey worked through to Leytonstone (Green Man) in the northbound direction only. In 1953 peak hour journeys were extended to Gants Hill. In 1956 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Romford and Gants Hill. In 1958 the Leytonstone journey was withdrawn, and Saturday and Monday to Friday peak hours service was diverted at Romford to Collier Row (Clockhouse Lane). In 1969 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and on 18 July 1970 the route withdrawn, replaced by new route 294 and a revised route 66.

The 66A returned on 4 September 1982 as a Saturday-only service between Ilford Station and Gidea Park via Gants Hill Station, Newbury Park Station, Billet Road, Rose Lane Estate, Eastern Avenue and Romford Station (where the evening journeys turned). In 1986 it was withdrawn between Romford and Gidea Park, but garage journeys now ran in service between Ilford Station and Barking Garage via South Park Drive. In 1987 the Romford terminal was switched to Romford Bus Station. On 21 November 1987 the 66A was withdrawn, replaced by an extended route 296.

This plate came from the orginal route 66A, since not only was the 1980s route a Saturday-only service, it was also introduced as the use of enamel “E” plates was being discontinued.

66A

66B SUNDAY 66B SUNDAY
Route 66B timetable
Bus stop timetable for route 66B, effective July 1981. The red shading on the route diagram indicates that it is a flat-fare service.

Route 66B was introduced in 1970, running on Sundays-only between Leytonstone (Green Man) and Hornchurch Station via Wanstead, Redbridge, Gants Hill, Eastern Avenue, Little Heath, Romford, Gidea Park and Ardleigh Green. Some afternoon journeys were extended to Hacton Drive. It was converted to one-man-operation in 1972. In 1981 the whole service was extended to St. George’s Hospital (which had previously been known as Hacton Drive). In 1982 the route was withdrawn and replaced for the most part by the reintroduction of route 66 on this day.


From January 1950 until 1958 route 67 ran from Stoke Newington to Waterloo via Newington Green, Islington, Essex Road, Angel, Rosebery Avenue, Fetter Lane and Aldwych. It originally ran on Mondays to Saturdays, but in April 1958 the Saturday service was withdrawn leaving it on Mondays to Fridays only. This lasted only four months as the route was withdrawn completely in August 1958.

67 WEEKDAY
This “E” plate likely came from the 1950s version of the 67, as evidenced by the amount of weathering. Also, by the ’60s the legend WEEKDAY had been replaced by the less-ambiguous MON.-FRI. or MON.-SAT.
I believe this plate came from the 1958 period of Monday-to-Friday operation as the present route has never been Monday to Friday only, accounting for the plate’s superb condition. It must therefore be very rare being so short-lived. 
67 MON.-FRI.

67
I think this “E” plate probably dates from 1971 when the 67 was running daily between London Docks and Stamford Hill with DMS class Fleetlines, after the withdrawal of the XA class.
Although both versions of route 67 had Monday to Saturday operation, this “E” plate likely came from the later service, as WEEKDAY was the more common designation in the 1950s. 
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The next incarnation of route 67 came in July 1961 for a new route on Mondays to Saturdays between London Docks and Northumberland Park Station via Leman Street, Aldgate, Shoreditch, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Tottenham and Landsdowne Road. It replaced trolleybus route 647 between Docks and Stamford Hill. The route was worked for a short period in 1966 by green XA class vehicles as an experiment. Subsequently, the 67 was extended to Wapping Station, and in December 1971 the route was then further extended from Stamford Hill to Wood Green, and withdrawn between Aldgate East and Wapping during March 1979. The route finally settled between Aldgate and Wood Green via Commercial Street, Shoreditch, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, St. Ann’s Road, West Green, and Turnpike Lane Station.


Route 68 ran daily between Chalk Farm Station and South Croydon via Camden Town, Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Waterloo, Elephant & Castle, Camberwell Green, Denmark Hill, Herne Hill, Tulse Hill, West Norwood, Upper Norwood, Thornton Heath and West Croydon. It was extended to South Croydon Garage in 1957. In 1986 it was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays between Euston Station and Chalk Farm. In 1996 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Euston and Chalk Farm, and it was also cut back from South Croydon to Norwood Garage.

As long ago as 1948 route 197 ran daily between Norwood Junction and Caterham Valley via Woodside Green, Morland Road, East Croydon, South Croydon, Purley, Kenley and Whyteleafe. In 1971 the Sunday service was converted to one-man-operation and renumbered 197B. In 1974 the Monday to Saturday service was converted to omo, and the Sunday service was renumbered back from 197B to 197. In 1984 the 197 was withdrawn between Whyteleafe and Caterham Valley during evenings and all day on Sundays, and in 1986 it was withdrawn completely between Croydon (Katharine Street) and Caterham Valley.

2d LGOC ticket for routes 68 & 169
◀ A 2d punch ticket from London General Omnibus Company Ltd. & Associated Companies for service 68 and 169, probably dating from the early 1920s.
A vehicle timecard for route 68, with a print date of 8/45. Double-sided on fibreboard, this face shows TO SOUTH CROYDON; the other side is for journeys TO CHALK FARM. ▶
1945 route 68 timecard
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The unlikely paring of routes on this “E” plate likely came from High Street or Katharine Street, Croydon, the only roads where the 68 and 197 ran together.

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Route 69 was introduced in 1960 as a replacement for trolleybus route 669, and ran daily between North Woolwich and Stratford Broadway via Silvertown, Canning Town and Plaistow. It was very soon after extended from Stratford to Chingford Mount via Leyton and Walthamstow, partly replacing trollleybus route 699. In 1968 it was extended from Chingford Mount to Chingford Station via Oldchurch Road. In 1973 it was withdrawn on Mondays to Saturdays between Walthamstow Central and Chingford Station and replaced by route 269 over this section. In 1976 it was re-extended to Chingford Station and route 269 was withdrawn. In 1981 it was withdrawn between Chingford Mount and Chingford Station. In 1984 it was re-extended on Sundays from Chingford Mount to Chingford Station, and in 1987 the Monday to Saturday service was similarly re-extended. In 1988 the 69 was withdrawn between Walthamstow Central Station and Chingford Station. In 1999 it was withdrawn between Connaught Bridge and North Woolwich and diverted to London City Airport.

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