London Transport
Central Area Routes 210–219


Last updated 29-01-10.

Route 210 ran between Golders Green Station and Finsbury Park Station via North End Road, Spaniards Road, Hampstead Lane, Highgate Village, Archway, Hornsey Rise and Stroud Green. In 1963 it was extended on Sundays over route 236 to Leyton (Hainault Road) via Highbury Barn, Mildmay Grove, Crossway, Ridley Road, Queensbridge Road, Hackney, Victoria Park Road, Hackney Wick, Eastway, Grove Green Road and Fairlop Road. In 1968 the Sunday extension was cut back to Leytonstone Station. In 1970 it was converted to one-man operation and withdrawn between Finsbury Park and Leytonstone. In 1976 it was extended during Monday to Saturday shopping hours from Golders Green to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, and this extension now runs at all times.

LS 231

LS 231 [THX231S] taken in Finchley Road opposite the entrance to Golders Green station on 5th February 1978, on a garage journey to Muswell Hill.
Andrew Colebourne photo
210
13 AND 210 GARAGE JOURNEYS

Concerning the 13 AND 210 GARAGE JOURNEYS plate above, Andrew Colebourne wrote:

During the period between 31st January 1976—when the 210 was extended to Brent Cross—and 27th October 1978 (which was the last day the 13 ran from Hendon garage), the 210 only ran on Mondays to Saturdays over the shared section of Golders Green Road as far as Highfield Avenue, where the 210 turned off towards Brent Cross station.

The 210 had a Muswell Hill garage [MH] allocation from the beginning (i.e. 1934, when it was renumbered from 110) for most of the time until 20th June 1986, when it became solely worked by Holloway [HT] Garage. It had a complicated series of garage workings to and from MH. These mostly joined the line of route at Archway Station, but there were also workings from Golders Green via East Finchley. The Archway workings certainly dated from the early post-War period (there is an Alan Cross photograph of an LTL “Scooter” with appropriate blinds), but I do not know when the Golders Green workings started. A timetable panel dated 8.8.76 shows the following;

Route 21 timetable from 21.5.77
A route 210 timetable dated 21.5.77, with print code 477/1836K/600 (100). Note the garage journeys listed.
FromToViaM-FSatSun
Muswell HillFinsbury ParkArchway834
Muswell HillGolders GreenArchway12
Brent CrossMuswell HillArchway1
Finsbury ParkMuswell HillArchway421
Golders GreenMuswell HillArchway234

Note that the Monday to Friday (nine from MH, seven back) and Sunday (four from MH and five back) journeys do not “balance”. The allocation at 1st March 1976 from LOTS “SUP4” was ten SMS Monday to Friday, nine SMS Saturday, seven SMS Sunday (plus four SMS daily from HT), although the Sunday MH allocation was eight SMS by November. Hence there were a number of buses that worked “dead” from and to MH, unless the timetable panel did not show the journeys concerned.

Notably, when upper and lower case lettering was introduced for intermediate points on blinds, the 210 garage journey blinds had the intermediate point ARCHWAY in upper case. Similarly, workings via Golders Green had GOLDERS GRN in upper case—see my photograph of LS231. Evidently these workings did not exist in 1976 unless they were not shown in the timetable. However, the same routing via East Finchley was used by route 13 buses allocated to MH. There was also a short section between Muswell Hill Broadway and MH shared with the Archway 210 journeys: I think this is most likely to be the section where the plate originated—I do not remember seeing “E” plates showing either garage journey working in Finchley Road at the Golders Green end. Route 13 had a Monday to Friday-only MH allocation from 24th January 1970 until 27th October 1978 (RM until 19th October 1975, RML thereafter: the buses were used on route 102 at weekends except for about 13 months in 1974-75); it was six RMLs on Mondays to Fridays only during 1976. Not all of the buses worked in service from MH to Golders Green. Those that did not ran direct to Henleys Corner via the North Circular Road. I remember these preceding the evening peak.

I trust the above is of interest and that I have not bored you!


211
This timetable booklet was issued to publicize the partial conversion of route 131 to opo route 211 effective 18 September 1971. Its eight pages contain details of the route changes and a diagrammatic map, full timetable and fare table for route 211, and first and last bus times for route 131. It also contains a separate flyer advertising for Bus Drivers who can now earn (including overtime) £31 (or more)! ▶
211 MON-SAT - 264 MON-SAT
◀ This “E” plate likely came from the common section of routes 211 and 264 between Kingston Bus Station and Hampton Court Station through Hampton Court Park, during the period August 1969 to January 1978, but possibly between Hampton Court Station and Hampton Station during the 21 months from August 1969 to April 1971.
Routes 211 and 264 between Kingston and Hampton Station. ▶
Routes 211-264

Route 211 ran daily from Ealing Broadway to Ruislip Station via Gordon Road, Drayton Green, Greenford Avenue, Greenford, Yeading and Ruislip Gardens, with a Monday to Saturday extension to Ruislip (High Street). In 1950 and 1951 the Sunday service was extended from May to October to Ruislip Lido via Bury Street. In April 1952 the 211 was withdrawn between Greenford (Red Lion) and Ruislip—the withdrawn section replaced by an extended 97—but Monday to Friday morning peak journeys were extended to Greenford (Adrienne Avenue). This extension was very short-lived, being withdrawn after only seven weeks’ operation. In 1964 the route was extended from Greenford to Ruislip Station Monday to Saturday, replacing the withdrawn section of route 97. The route was replaced by new routes E1 and 273 in November 1968.

In August 1969 the number 211 was reused for a new Monday to Friday service between Hounslow Garage and Hampton Station via Hanworth, Bear Road, Swan Road, Hampton Lane, Hanworth Road, Nightingale Road, Broad Lane and Percy Road, with a Saturday extension to Kingston via Station Road, Thames Street and Hampton Court. No evening service was operated. The Monday to Friday service was withdrawn at the end of January 1971, and the Saturday service only lasted another two-and-a-half months.

In September 1971 the 211 reappeared as a new Monday to Saturday single-deck one-person-operation route between Kingston (Bus Station) and Walton-On-Thames (Hepworth Way) via Hampton Court, East Molesey, Walton Road, Terrace Road and Church Street, replacing the withdrawn section of route 131 between West Molesey and Walton. In 1972 it was diverted between Hampton Court and East Molesey via Hurst Park Estate, following River Bank, Hurst Road and New Road.In 1976 it was diverted at West Molesey via Field Common Estate, now travelling to Walton-On-Thames via Walton Road, Central Avenue, Pool Road, Molesey Road, Fernbank Avenue, Homefield Road, Oakbank Avenue, Fieldcommon Lane, Molesey Road, Rydens Road, Ambleside Avenue, Cromwell Road, Cottimore Lane and Terrace Road. In 1978 it was extended from Kingston to Tolworth Broadway via Penrhyn Road, Surbiton Station, Ewell Road, Berrylands Road, Park Road, Surbiton Hill Park, Raeburn Avenue, Elgar Avenue and Ewell Road, and Sunday service was introduced between Kingston and Tolworth. In 1979 it was converted to double-deck operation. In September 1982 the Sunday journeys were withdrawn, and at the end of January 1983 the Monday to Saturday service was also cancelled, partly replaced by revised route 216.

Today’s route 211 began running in 1993 between Waterloo (Taxi Road) and Hammersmith (Bus Station) via Westminster Bridge, Victoria, Sloane Square, Kings Road, Finborough Road (returning via Beaufort Street), Fulham Road, Fulham Broadway, Dawes Road and Fulham Palace Road. On 1998 contract operation was transferred to Travel London. In 2000 Travel London was acquired by Limebourne, and a year later Limebourne was acquired by Connex Bus. In 2002 the 211 was converted to double deck operation. In 2004 the name game went full circle, with Connex taken over by National Express, operating under the Travel London name!

Route 264 ran daily as a single-deck route using T-type buses from Hersham Green to Sunbury via Hersham Station, Rydens Road, Ambleside Avenue, Cromwell Road, Bowes Road, Hersham Road, Walton High Street, Walton Bridge, Gaston Bridge Road, Halliford Road, Thames Street and Green Street. In 1951 it was extended from Sunbury to Kingston via Hampton Station and Hampton Court, replacing part of route 216. In 1955 the vehicle type change from T to TD. In 1957 it was diverted at Sunbury via Windmill Road and Staines Road West instead of Green Street. In 1958 the Sunday service was withdrawn, and a year later the TDs were withdrawn in favour of RFs. In 1966 one-person-operation was introduced. Ten years later Bristol BLs replaced the RFs. The route was withdrawn at the end of January 1978.


Route 212 originally ran daily between Finsbury Park (Wells Terrace) and Muswell Hill Broadway via Stroud Green, Crouch End Broadway and Park Road. From October 1955 to September 1968 there was an express service during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1969 the 212 was renumbered W7 when it became a flat-fare route.

The next route 212 was introduced in 1970 to replace part of route 112, and ran daily between Palmers Green Garage and Dollis Hill via North Circular Road, Finchley and Staples Corner, terminating in a large loop via Staples Corner, Brook Road, Dollis Hill, Crest Road, Oxgate Lane, Edgware Road and back to Staples Corner. In 1976 the 212 was diverted to serve Brent Cross Shopping Centre. It was withdrawn in 1978 and replaced by route 112.

The current route 212 was introduced in 1981 to replace flat-fare route W21, and runs daily between Walthamstow (St. James’s Street Station) and Chingford Station via Walthamstow Central, Prospect Hill, Fulbourne Road, Highams Park, Chingford Hatch and Friday Hill.

212 OMO leaflet

Introductory leaflet for single-deck one-man-operated buses on route 212, starting September 18, 1971. Eight pages in length and contains details of the route changes, full timetable and fare table. London Transport must have been desperate for staff, as it also contains a separate flyer advertising for bus drivers.
212
This plate could have come from any of the route 212s, but my guess is that it’s from the Walthamstow service as the the hook on the number 2 is more angular than earlier-style figures.
212 PROSPECT HILL HIGHAMS PARK CHINGFORD STATION
This double-vertical plate will have originated from Walthamstow Central Station in 1981. Most of the bus stops there carried double-vertical plates, as this enabled more destinations to be included. It still had double-vertical plates to match the other routes. These plates were always exceptionally rare, and in almost every case only two of each were ever made.
212 FARE STAGE
This “E” plate is probably not for the Walthamstow service. It likely dates from the mid-1970s.

213 WEEKDAY FARE STAGE
213 MON.-SAT.
213-213A
D2616 on route 213; date, location & photographer unknown.
D2616 on route 213; date, location and photographer unknown.
1973 route 213 & 213A timetable
Timetable for routes 213 & 213A, dated 3.11.73.

Route 213 ran from daily Kingston Station to Belmont via Norbiton (Coombe Lane), Traps Lane, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village, Sutton and Carshalton Beeches. It was operated by a combination of single deck T and LTL types from Sutton [A], Kingston [K] and Norbiton [NB] garages, with a couple of Qs on Saturday from 1950 to 1952. RFs appeared in 1953, and had taken over the whole service by 1955. In 1962 the route was diverted at Norbiton via Kingston Hill and Galsworthy Road in order to serve Kingston Hospital. Also, the Monday to Saturday service was withdrawn between Sutton and Belmont, replaced by route 151. The route now ran daily from Kingston to Sutton Garage via Norbiton, Kingston Hill, Gloucester Road, Coombe Lane, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam and Sutton, with a Sunday extension to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches. In 1963 the service was converted to double deck RTs after the road was lowered at Worcester Park, and the Sunday extension from Sutton to Belmont was replaced by new route 213A. However, just 16 months later the Sunday service to Belmont was reintroduced with the withdrawal of the 213B. In 1966 Routemasters were introduced on Sundays. In 1969 Sunday service was withdrawn, with the 213A extended from Sutton to Belmont to compensate. In 1970 Monday to Friday peak hour journeys were extended from Sutton to Belmont. In 1972 the route was converted to one-person-operation using DMSs. In 1978 the 213 was modified to a token experimental service running Monday to Saturday midday only from Kingston to New Malden (Post Office), but was withdrawn after only six months, leaving the northern part of Traps Lane unserved. The remainder of the 213 was covered by routes 57 and 213A.

The number 213 was reintroduced in 1984 as a renumbering of the 213A, operated with Ds and Ms. The trunk of the route ran daily from Kingston to Sutton via Kingston Hospital, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, New Malden and North Cheam, then continuing to Sutton Garage (Monday to Saturday evenings), and extended to St. Helier Station via St. Helier (Rose) on Monday to Friday except evenings and Saturday shop hours. During Monday to Friday peak hours the 213 ran to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches, and on Sunday it branched off from St. Helier (Rose) to West Croydon (Bus Station) via Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton, Hackbridge, Wallington, Roundshaw and Duppas Hill Road. In 1986 one single-direction-only peak-hour journey was diverted from St. Helier (Rose) via Reigate Avenue, Sutton Common Road, Forest Road, Love Lane and Green Lane to St. Helier Station, but it was withdrawn a year later. In 1989 the St. Helier leg was replaced by a revised route 151, and the Sunday branch was rerouted, now running via Ringstead Road and Carshalton Beeches instead of Green Wrythe Lane and Carshalton. In January 1990 school day journeys were extended in the peak direction only from Kingston to Ham (BAE Works) via Richmond Road, Kings Road, Park Road and Tudor Drive, but this projection was withdrawn after only eight months. In September the Belmont and West Croydon extensions were withdrawn, the Sunday service to Croydon being replaced by a re-introduced route 154. In 1991 single-direction-only journeys were added to and from Glenthorne High School via Rose Hill, Green Lane, Love Lane, Forest Road and Sutton Common Road. In 1997 the Glenthorne School service was withdrawn and replaced by a revised 613. At the same time NVs (Volvo Olympian with Northern Counties Palatine bodywork) replaced Metrobuses on the 213. In 2002 the route was converted to low-floor EVLs (Volvo B7TL/East Lancs Vyking 2).

Route 213A began on 8 May 1963, running Monday to Saturday between Kingston Bus Station and Sutton Garage via Norbiton (Clarence Avenue), Kingston Hospital, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village and Sutton, with a Sunday diversion from Sutton to Belmont via Carshalton Beeches. In January 1964 the weekday service was extended to Wimbledon Station via Suttom Common Road, Morden and South Wimbledon, (replacing route 286), and the Sunday service was withdrawn and renumbered 213B. In November Sunday service was re-introduced between Kingston and Morden Station, partly replacing withdrawn routes 213B and 286. In 1970 the 213A was withdrawn between Sutton Garage and Belmont, replaced by a revised 213 service. In 1972 the route was converted to one-person-operation, with DMS-types replacing RTs. At the same time it was extended to Belmont during Monday to Friday peak hours. In 1976 Monday to Friday mid-day journeys to Belmont were introduced. On 4 February 1984 the service was renumbered 213.

And to complete the story, route 213B began operating on January 29, 1964 as a renumbering of the 213A because of a re-routeing at Sutton. It ran on Sundays from Kingston to Belmont (California) via Norbiton, Gloucester Road, Kenley Road, Clarence Avenue, Langley Grove, Coombe Road, New Malden, Worcester Park, North Cheam, Cheam Village, Sutton and Carshalton Beeches Station. It was withdrawn less than ten months later on November 18th when it was replaced by a re-introduced 213A between Kingston and Sutton and an extended 213 from Sutton to Belmont.


Thamesway 811 [K811DJN]

Route 214 was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for trolleybus route 615, and ran daily between Moorgate (Finsbury Square) and Parliament Hill Fields via Old Street Station, City Road, Islington (Angel), King’s Cross, Royal College Street and Kentish Town. In 1970 it was rerouted at King’s Cross to run via Crowndale Road and Camden Town to cover route 239 which was withdrawn. In 1989 it was extended on Mondays to Fridays from Moorgate to London Bridge Station via Bank and Monument. In 1992 the Sunday service was extended from Moorgate to Liverpool Street Station, and later that year it was revised to run at all times to Liverpool Street. In 1993 it was extended from Parliament Hill Fields to Highgate Village via West Hill and South Grove. The route now runs 24 hours a day.

Thamesway 811 [K811DJN], signed HIGHGATE VILLAGE, was one of seven 1992-vintage Mercedes-Benz 811Ds with Plaxton Beaver bodywork. It was withdrawn in 1998 when Capital Citybus took on the operation. This stop appears to be served by the 214, four mobility routes and one night service, with appropriate vinyl stickers for each.

214
Although the lettering size was never entirely consistent, this “E” plate has larger numbers, which were more common on older plates.
214
214
214
214 TERMINATING HERE
This plate is particularly unusual, as the wording TERMINATING HERE was not normally used. It probably came from the last stop at Parliament Hill Fields where passengers got off before the bus swung ’round to the stand. A very rare plate indeed!
214
This is one of the vinyl stickers which replaced the enamelled “E” plates. It was set in the Granby typeface—which resembled London Transport’s Johnston—at a time when the latter was not commercially available nor released outside LT’s main letterpress printers.

215
215 FARE STAGE
Route 215/218/219 tickets
Two longer Bell Punch tickets from routes 215, 218 and 219, comprising a 1d and a 1′- value, both dating from the early post-war period. At that time the three routes used a combined ticket form because they all ran together from Kingston to Esher, the 215 then proceeding to Ripley, the 218 to Staines, and the 219 to Weybridge.
The 215 now runs between Walthamstow Central Station and Yardley Lane Estate via Crooked Billet, Chingford Mount and Mansfield Hill (with a summer extension to Lea Valley Camp Site), but these “E” plates will have definitely come from the Kingston route as the use of enamel plates was discontinued from about 1980.

In 1949 route 215 was running daily between Kingston Bus Station and Ripley (Post Office) via Portsmouth Road, Winters Bridge, Esher, Cobhan and Wisley using T class single-deckers. In 1953 the route was converted to TD operation, and then to RF operation in 1963. In December 1967 it was withdrawn between Cobham and Ripley, but extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Downside Common, replacing the 215A. In July 1969 it was withdrawn between Church Cobham and Downnside Common. In February 1975 it was diverted between Portsmouth Road and Scilly Isles via Thorkhill Road, Ewell Road, Sugden Road, Manor Road North and Kingston By-Pass. In October 1976 the route was converted to BL operation. In April 1977 it was withdrawn between Esher (High Street) and Church Cobham. In October 1978 it was withdrawn from Portsmouth Road and rerouted via Villiers Road, Surbiton, Balaclava Road, Sugden Road, Hinchley Wood, Manor Road South, Oaken Lane, then via a loop serving Claygate Green, and back to Esher. It was then further extended on Mondays to Saturdays except evenings to Hampton Court Station via Lower Green, Imber Court and Creek Road. Some garage journeys ran to and from Kingston the quick way via Hampton Court Road. From April 1979 certain Monday to Friday journeys were rerouted in Claygate to serve Holroyd Road, with some Saturday journeys being similarly rerouted in August 1985. In September 1982 the route was converted to LS operation and withdrawn on Sundays. From June 1987 the route was renumbered K3.


Route 216 ran between Kingston (Bus Station) and Staines (Bridge Street) via Hampton Wick, Hampton Court, Hampton Station, Harfield road, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury Village, Green Street, Sunbury Cross, School Road, Ashford Station, Stanwell Road, London Road and Staines High Street. In 1957 it was diverted between Sunbury Cross and Ashford Station via Chertsey Road and Feltham Hill Road instead of School Road. In 1982 it was withdrawn between the Bus Station and Bridge Street in Staines. In 1983 the route was extended on Monday to Saturday from Kingston to Tolworth (Broadway) via Surbiton and Berrylands, replacing the withdrawn section of route 211. From June to November ’85 and March to October ’86 the 216 was extended from Staines Bus Station to Thorpe Park on Sundays. From October 1986 to October ’88 Sunday service was transferred to London Country and renumbered route 511. In March 1989 the summer Sunday service to Thorpe Park was reinstituted. In 1991 the Sunday service was transferred to route 572/582. In May 1995 a limited midibuses Sunday service was reintroduced. At the same time daytime daily service was extended to Thorpe Park. Six weeks later the route was diverted to double-run via the Sunbury Tesco during shopping hours and Sunday service was increased. Thorpe Park also received evening service, but only for one month when the Kingston terminal was changed to the new Cromwell Road Bus Station. In November 1995 the Thorpe Park extension was withdrawn until March 1996, when it returned on a Summer Sunday-only basis. In 2003 the Sunbury Tesco routeing was changed to run at all times instead of just shopping hours.

Originally operated by TDs and Ts from Kingston Garage [K], Norbiton Garage [NB] provided additional buses on Sundays during the summer through the 1950s. RFs were allocated it 1959, and in 1964 the route was converted to one-person-operation. The RF-type was replaced by Bristol BLs in 1976. In 1982 the 216’s allocation was transferred to Norbiton, which ran LS-type short Leyland Nationals. In 1987 the route returned to Kingston, and MRLs (long MCW Metroriders) were used on Sundays in 1988-89. Hounslow Heath Garage [HH] acquired the route in 1991, but Kingston’s MRLs returned on Sundays in 1995, only to be replaced by DWLs after a month. Hounslow Heath again assumed operation in 1998. In 2002 Tellings Golden Miller became the new operator, but it went to London United one year later. In 2006 the allocation was moved to Fulwell Garage [TF].

216
216
◀ This plate’s exact provenance can be pinned down precisely because it has been in private possession from 1974, when it was originally displayed on a bus stop in Kingston town centre.

217 WEEKDAY
217 WEEKDAY FARE STAGE
217 MON.-SAT.
WEEKDAY was the old version of MON.-SAT. when a six-day work week was common, and so its age would tally with the pink discoloration found on older plates. As with other older plates, this particular one is also very heavy and thick. The FARE STAGE variant is a little more uncommon. This “E” plate is of the less common variety, with the SAT. element in red rather than black.

Route 217 began operating in 1954 as a renumbering of the 144A. It ran between Upshire (Princefield Road) and Waltham Cross via Upshire Road, Paternoster Hill, Broomstick Hall Road and Waltham Abbey, with a Monday to Saturday extension to Alexandra Park (Victoria) via Bullsmoor Lane, Great Cambridge Road, “The Cambridge”, The Roundway, Turnpike Lane and Priory Road. In May 1957 the Sunday service was extended from Waltham Cross to Turnpike Lane Station, but was withdrawin in November 1958. In 1968 service was withdrawn between Turnpike Lane and Alexandra Park, replaced by new flat-fare route W2. In 1976 Sunday service was reintroduced between Upshire and Enfield Garage, then extended from Enfield to Turnpike Lane Station a year later, the same time as one-person-operation was introduced. In 1981 the 217 was rerouted between Waltham Abbey and Upshire via Farm Hill Road, Broomstick Hall Road, Paternoster Hill, Ninefields Road and Ninefields North instead of Crooked Mile, Parklands and Paternoster Hill. A year later it was withdrawn between Waltham Cross and Upshire, replaced by new route 250A. In 1987 Sunday service was withdrawn, partly replaced by a revised route 231. In February 1989 the route was extended during the daytime from Waltham Cross to Hammond Street via Cheshunt and Flamstead End, but this only lasted until May 1990. Sunday service was reintroduced in 1994 using midi-buses.


Route 217A began running in February 1963 from Enfield Garage [E] on Monday to Saturday between Alexandra Park (Victoria Priory Road) and Epping Forest (Wake Arms) via Turnpike Lane, Great Cambridge Road, Bullsmoor Lane, Waltham Cross,Waltham Abbey, Honey Lane and Woodridden Hill. In 1968 it was withdrawn between Enfield and Turnpike Lane and diverted instead to Enfield Town via Southbury Road. In 1969 the Saturday allocation was transferred to Loughton Garage [L], and in 1971 the Enfield allocation was withdrawn, with garage journeys continuing in service from Epping to Loughton via Golding Hill. In 1975 the route was diverted via Shernbroke Road between Honey Lane and Woodridden Hill to serve Ninefields Estate, and was also extended to run to Loughton Garage at all times. In 1976 a Sunday service was introduced between Waltham Cross and Loughton Garage to partly replace withdrawn route 205A. In August 1977 the 217A was withdrawn. It was operated by RTs for its entire life.

217A FARE STAGE
217A WEEKDAY FARE STAGE
217A MON-SAT FARE STAGE

Route 217B in 1977
Route 217B in 1977.
217B

Route 217B began running daily on 10 April 1976 between Enfield Town and Ninefields North (Hillhouse) via Southbury Road, Great Cambridge Road, Bullsmoor Lane, Waltham Cross, Waltham Abbey, Broomstick Hall Road and Patternoster Hill. In April 1977 it was extended at Ninefields to Winters Way. Four months later Sunday service was extended from Enfield Town to Oakwood Station via Enfield Chase and Slades Hill. At the same time one-person-operation was introduced, with DMS buses replacing the RT-type that had been used until this time. In 1978 the route was extended at Ninefields along Winters Way to Eastern Arm. In 1980 the Sunday service was diverted at Enfield Chase to Chase Farm Hospital. A year later the 217B was extended from Ninefields via Ninefields Road to Upshire (Princefield Road). In 1982 Sunday journeys were shortened to run between Enfield Town and Waltham Cross, except for one evening journey that continued on to Upshire, and Metrobuses replaced the DMS type. In 1986 operation was transferred to Samsons Coaches, and in 1987 the route was renumbered 317.

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