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Central Area Routes 77⁄77A⁄77B⁄77C

Last updated 28-12-09.

1d LGOC ticket for routes 77 & 177

A 1d punch ticket from London General Omnibus Company Ltd. & Associated Companies for service 77 and 177, with stages from King’s Cross to Raynes Park, probably dating from the mid 1920s. At that time, the 177 operated as a supplement to the weekday-only 77A, between King’s Cross and Raynes Park (Junction Tavern) via Kingsway, Westminster Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Merton Road, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Broadway, Merton Park and Wimbledon Chase.

Route 77 ran daily between King’s Cross Station and Wallington via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Lambeth Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Tooting Broadway, Mitcham, Hackbridge and Carshalton. The route ran in two sections—Kings’s Cross to Tooting (Mitre) and Tooting Broadway to Wallington. In 1953 the Sunday service was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge and renumbered 77B. In 1957 the 77 was withdrawn between Euston and King’s Cross. In 1960 it was withdrawn between Aldwych and Euston on Saturday afternoons. In 1965 the Saturday service was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge and renumbered 77B. In 1973 the 77 was reintroduced on Saturdays between Aldwych and Tooting, and also reintroduced on Sundays between King’s Cross and Tooting to replace the 77B which was withdrawn. In 1981 the 77 was withdrawn between Aldwych and Euston, and diverted instead during Monday to Friday peak hours to Farringdon Street. It was also withdrawn between Tooting and Wallington, and extended on Mondays to Fridays from Tooting to Streatham Garage via Southcroft Road. On Sundays it was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross. In 1984 the Streatham terminus was changed to St. Leonard’s Church. In 1985 it was again diverted during Monday to Friday peak hours at Aldwych to King’s Cross instead of Farringdon Street. In 1986 it was converted to one-man operation and revised to run from Euston on Mondays to Fridays, Russell Square on Sundays and Aldwych on Saturdays to Tooting, extended on Mondays to Fridays to Streatham, but the following year the extension to Streatham was cut back and the route terminated at Tooting Station on Mondays to Fridays. In 1991 the route was standardised to run between Waterloo and Tooting Station via Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield and Tooting Broadway.

77 MON.-FRI.
77 MON.-SAT.
77 AND 77A SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY
The use of the word AND instead of a line between the route numbers was quite unusual, but it was occasionally employed so that a destination or message—in this case SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY— would not have to be repeated.

77A MON.-FRI.
77A MON-FRI
77A MON.-FRI. RUSH HOURS FARE STAGE
This “E” plate would have been posted at a stop along the Wandsworth–Raynes Park section during the years 1983–1984.
77A MON-FRI KINGS CROSS
This “E” plate would probably have come from a bus stop in Euston where buses towards King’s Cross served a different stop from terminating buses. It is especially rare.
77A SUNDAY AFTERNOON
It is uncommon to see the legend SUNDAY AFTERNOON on an “E” plate, and this one would have come from the section between Wandsworth and Putney Heath between 1981 and 1983.
77A SPECIAL JOURNEYS
This plate was officially (but not very neatly) modified from a plain 77 plate with the addition of some wording cut from self-adhesive vinyl stickers. It probably came from the Putney Heath extension of 1981, by which time the use of enamel “E” plates was being phased out in favour of vinyl stickers.

Route 77A ran daily between King’s Cross Station and Raynes Park via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Lambeth Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon. Some Monday to Friday morning journeys were extended via New Malden to Worcester Park Station in 1956, replacing part of withdrawn route 32. In 1959 the Sunday service was diverted via Westminster Bridge and renumbered 77C, and the Saturday service was similarly rerouted and renumbered in 1965. In 1978 it was withdrawn between Raynes Park and Worcester Park, and southbound journeys in Merton were rerouted via Hartfield Road. In 1981 the 77A was reintroduced on Saturdays over the entire route and on Sundays as far as Wandsworth, replacing the withdrawn section of route 28. On Sunday afternoons and some Monday to Friday journeys (single-direction only) buses were extended from Wandsworth to Putney Heath (Green Man) via West Hill. In 1983 the 77A was withdrawn between Wandsworth and Raynes Park except for a Monday to Friday peak hour extension to Wimbledon Station which was withdrawn the following year. In 1990 the Monday to Friday journeys to Putney Heath were curtailed at Tibbetts Corner, looping via Withycombe Road, Victoria Drive, Augustus Road, Princes Way and Witheycombe Road. A year later the route was shortened to run between Aldwych and Wandsworth only, partially replaced by a diverted route 30. The 77A was the last route in London with a suffix letter, and another bit of London’s bus history ended when it was renumbered 87 in June 2006.


Route 77B was introduced in 1953 as a Sunday-only variant of the 77, and ran between King’s Cross Station and Wallington via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Millbank, Vauxhall Bridge (the 77 ran via Lambeth Bridge), Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Tooting Broadway, Mitcham, Hackbridge and Carshalton. It ran in two overlapping sections: from King’s Cross to Tooting (Mitre) and from Tooting Broadway to Wallington. It was also one of the last routes to be introduced using D-class Daimlers (along with RTLs). The Ds were replaced early in 1954 with RTs. In early 1957 it was withdrawn between Euston and King’s Cross. At the end of 1958 the Tooting Broadway to Wallington section was withdrawn and replaced by an extension of route 44 from Mitcham to Wallington. In 1965 the 77B was introduced on Saturdays between Euston and Wallington replacing the Saturday journeys on the 77 (but still via Vauxhall Bridge), and again running in sections. July 1969 saw the Saturday route cut back from Euston to Aldwych. In October 1970 the Sunday service was withdrawn between Trafalgar Square and Euston, only to be extended back to King’s Cross the following May! In October 1971 the 77B route gained RMs, but this was to be the last hurrah for the route. In May 1972 the Tooting to Wallington service was withdrawn and replaced by new route 115B. The 77B was withdrawn in 1973 when the 77 was diverted via Vauxhall Bridge, and the whole service was renumbered plain 77.

Eight years later (in 1981) the 77B had a reincarnation when it was introduced as another Sunday-only route between Clapham Junction and Raynes Park to replace part of the 77C (described below) when that route was withdrawn again. Operated this time by DMSs, it was not to be a long-running venture, lasting only two years and then withdrawn for the second time, replaced by new route 156. It’s fair to say that the 77B was never one of London’s best known Central routes, mainly due to only running on the weekend. Add in the overlapping sections (an unusual mode of operation for London), and this makes it a rather “unsung hero”.

77B SAT. & SUN.
This is a somewhat more unusual variation, with the entire plate in red instead of just the SUN. element, and an ampersand instead of a dash between the two days.
77B SAT.-SUN.
77B SUNDAY
This plate is more likely to have been made for the route’s second life, in which case it must be one of the last enamel “E” plates to be made as vinyl stickers were introduced from 1981 onwards.
77B SAT. & SUN. - 77C SAT. & SUN.
This plate would have come from the common section between Euston and Westminster at a time when both routes were running on both days: between 1965 and 1971. It is not too common to find a split plate totally in red, showing a pair of suffix routes with both SAT. & SUN., as latterly references to Saturdays were changed to black.
Unfortunately, the bottom & SUN. has been obliterated by scratching off the enamel, as can be seen in the photo. Presumably this was done deliberately by London Transport staff when the 77C ceased operating on that day, effective 15 May 1971. ▶
77B SAT. & SUN. - 77C SAT.

77C SATURDAY
This “E” plate is likely to come from the Trafalgar Square–King’s Cross section.
77C SAT. & SUN.
77C SAT.-SUN.
77C SATURDAY KINGS CROSS
This plate would probably have come from Euston during the period when only the Saturday service ran there: between 1971 and 1975. As the plate is “destinated”, it is likely to be one of only two made.

Route 77C was introduced in 1959 on Sundays to replace the 77A which was withdrawn on this day, and ran between King’s Cross Station and Raynes Park via Euston, Russell Square, Aldwych, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Vauxhall, Wandsworth Road, Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon. In 1965 it was introduced on Saturdays, again to replace the 77A which was withdrawn on this day. In 1971 the 77C was withdrawn on Sundays between Trafalgar Square and King’s Cross, although in 1975 some early Sunday journeys were re-extended to King’s Cross. The 77C was withdrawn in 1981, being replaced by the 77 and 77A.

The number was later reused for a schools route, and it was the last one in London to have a “C” suffix. It ran from May 1991 through the end of August 1992 (when it was renumbered 670), and journeys operated in one direction only from Clapham Junction (Grant Road) to Tibbetts Corner via Wandsworth and West Hill.

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