London Transport
Central Area Routes 220–223

Last updated 23-03-10.

Route 220 timetable
Route 220 northbound timetable from the 1970s.
Routes 220 + 295 service notie
A service notice for routes 220 and 295 from January 1989.

Route 220 ran daily between Uxbridge Station and Pinner (Red Lion) via Sweetcroft Lane, Hercies Road, Long Lane, Ickenham, Ruislip and Eastcote Road. In 1954 it was diverted at Eastcote Road to Northwood instead of Pinner, but only ran between Ruislip and Northwood during Monday to Friday rush hours, Saturday shopping hours and Sunday afternoons. This 220 was withdrawn in 1957 and replaced by routes 98 and 198.

The current route 220 was introduced in 1960 replacing trolleybus route 630, and ran daily between West Croydon (Bus Station) and Harrow Road (Scrubs Lane) via Mitcham Common, Mitcham, Tooting Broadway, Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, Putney, Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush and White City, extended during Monday to Friday rush hours to Park Royal Stadium via Harlesden and Acton Lane. In 1966 it was withdrawn on Sundays between Tooting BR Station and West Croydon, and later that year it was also withdrawn in the off-peak on Mondays to Fridays between Mitcham (Fair Green) and West Croydon. Finally, at the end of that year it was withdrawn completely between Mitcham and West Croydon, but extended from Scrubs Lane to Willesden Junction. In 1971 it was converted to one-man-operation and was the first route to use the new DMS-class vehicles. At the same time it was withdrawn between Tooting BR Station and Mitcham. In 1982 the peak hour extension to Park Royal was withdrawn. In 1991 it was withdrawn between Wandsworth and Tooting and replaced by new route 270.

Route 221 was introduced in November 1961 replacing trolleybus routes 521 / 621. It ran daily between North Finchley and King’s Cross via Friern Barnet, New Southgate, Bounds Green, Wood Green, Turnpike Lane Station, Manor House, Finsbury Park, Holloway and Caledonian Road. It was extended on Mondays to Saturdays and some early Sunday journeys to Farringdon Street. In January 1966 it was extended on Mondays to Saturdays from North Finchley to Edgware via Woodside Park, Mill Hill East and Mill Hill Broadway. In June 1970 the evening service was withdrawn between King’s Cross and Farringdon Street. From June 1972 the terminus at Farringdon Street was altered with buses now standing at Holborn Circus. The 221 was converted to one-man-operated DMS buses in March 1973. In March 1979 the Sunday service was standardised to run to Edgware, in line with the Monday to Saturday service. In February 1992 the service was withdrawn between King’s Cross and Holborn Circus apart from a few Monday to Friday early journeys. In April 1995 the 221 was withdrawn between Turnpike Lane Station and Holborn Circus.

Route 263 was introduced in 1971, running daily between Barnet Church and Archway Station via North Finchley and East Finchley, extended Saturdays and Sundays to King’s Cross Station via Holloway and Caledonian Road, with early journeys continuing to Farringdon Street via Grays Inn Road. In 1983 the 263 was extended from Barnet Church to Potters Bar Garage via Hadley Woods, and further extended on Mondays to Saturdays to Potters Bar Station, but it was withdrawn between Archway and King’s Cross / Farringdon Street. In 1986 the service was rerouted to Barnet General Hospital, with only the daytime service on Mondays to Saturdays and some Sunday journeys running to Potters Bar Garage. In 1991 the Sunday journeys to Potters Bar were withdrawn, with the Monday to Saturday service following in 1994.

Route 279 was introduced in 1961 as a replacement for trolleybus route 679 between Smithfield and Waltham Cross via Islington, Highbury, Holloway, Finsbury Park, Manor House, Tottenham, Edmonton and Ponders End. On Saturdays it was extended to Flamstead End. The route has had slight variations of the terminus at the northern end from time to time, and since 1986 has run only between Holloway and Waltham Cross. Routemasters gave way to Metrobuses in 1987 and the 279 has been one-person operated since. In 1973 the Sunday service on the 279 was withdrawn south of Finsbury Park and replaced by new Sunday-only route 279A between Lower Edmonton and Liverpool Street. In 1978 the 279 was withdrawn completely on Sundays and the 279A was extended to Waltham Cross, but Sunday service was reintroduced in 1992.

This WEEKDAY plate would have come from a stop on the short section between King’s Cross and Farringdon Street.
221 MON.-SAT.
This is a newer version of the WEEKDAY “E” plate above.
It is quite unusual to have the word TOWARDS on an “E” plate, and this one would probably have come from the stop in Charterhouse Street at Holborn Circus, where buses travel around the loop.
The 221 normally ran in two overlapping sections: the Edgware service usually ran from Turnpike Lane, while the service to King’s Cross and Holborn started at North Finchley. This “E” plate would have been for the latter segment, and appears to have been altered from MON.-SAT.
This plate would have come either from the stop in the bus station at Turnpike Lane between January 1966 and March 1979 (when only the Monday to Saturday service was running to Edgware), or from the stop at North Finchley.
The route number is offset to the left on this “E” plate, as if space was left for a letter suffix (but there never was a route 221A). This plate probably came from the stop at North Finchley.
221 - 263 SAT-SUN
This “E” plate would have come from a stop between Holloway and King’s Cross where routes 221 and 263 ran together. This is also rather unusual in that the word SUN is in black rather than red, and is a minor error.
This “E” plate would have come from the common section of routes 221 and 279.

This “E” plate would probably have come from a bus stop at West Drayton, where buses double-run to serve the station. It is especially notable in having extra-large route numbers.
▲ This 222 HOUNSLOW plate is unusual in that it’s back is black. Normally the rear of an “E” plate is the same colour as the obverse background. (The white spot in the centre is merely a reflection of the camera’s flash.) ▼
222 - 232
This “E” plate came from a stop between Hounslow Bus Station and Hounslow West Station.

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T758 on route 222
◀ T758 [HGF848] on route 222, in the forecourt of Uxbridge Station. This bus was exported to Ceylon in 1959.
Timetable leaflet for the one-person-operation conversion of route 222 starting 6 January 1973 with print code 1172/37735/26,000. This fold-out leaflet has 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. ▶

At the beginning of 1950 route 222 ran between Uxbridge Station and Hounslow Central Station via Cowley, Yiewsley, West Drayton, Cherry Lane, Sipson Road, Bath Road, Cranford and Hounslow West. It was withdrawn on 15th March 1961, and replaced by a revised route 223. The 222 was reintroduced in January 1971, using RTs running between Uxbridge and Hounslow (Bus Station) following the original routeing. In December of that year it was converted to one-man operation using SMSs. It was converted to DMS in 1973, then to Metrobuses in 1981, then to LLW low floor buses in 1990. The route has not changed since, other than the service being transferred to London United, and the current routeing is as it was more than half a century ago!

Route 232 was introduced in 1955, running between Hounslow (Bus Station) and Greenford (Civil Engineer) via Hounslow West, North Hyde Lane, Southall and Lady Margaret Road. In 1963 it was extended to Northwood Station via Yeading, Northolt and Eastcote Lane, replacing withdrawn route 225, and some Sunday afternoon journeys were further extended to Mount Vernon Hospital. In 1968 the entire daily service was extended to Mount Vernon Hospital, but later that year it was cut back to Yeading (White Hart), with an extension during Monday to Friday rush hours to Northolt Station, while the service to Mount Vernon was replaced by new route 282. In 1974 the 232 was withdrawn but the 232A was increased to compensate. In 1979 the 232A was renumbered 232, which in 1993 was replaced by new route H32.

In 1949 route 223 ran in two sections: Ruislip Station to West Drayton Station via Ickenham, Uxbridge Station, Colham Green and Yiewsley using double deck buses, and Uxbridge-West Drayton Station-West Drayton (Mill Road) with single deck vehicles. In 1955 the route was double-decked in its entirety, and ran daily between West Drayton Station and Uxbridge Station, with a weekday extension to Ruislip Station. The withdrawn section was replaced by a new route 224A. In 1961 the 223 was extended daily from West Drayton to Hounslow (Bus Station) via Sipson, Harlington Corner, Cranford, Hounslow West over the withdrawn route 222. Ten years later it was converted to one-person-operation, replaced between West Drayton and Hounslow by a reintroduced 222, and extended to Heathrow Central via Harmondsworth and Bath Road. In 1987 a Sunday extendtion from Heathrow to Hounslow (Bus Station) via the Cargo Tunnel, Hatton Cross and Hounslow West replaced withdrawn route 202. In May 1989 it was diverted via Cowley instead of Colham Green. At the same time school journeys were introduced, detouring via Longford instead of running direct between Harmondsworth and Bath Road, but these were withdrawn just over a year later. The route was finally withdrawn in May 1993 and replaced by new route U5.

◀ This is one of the plastic plates which superseded enamel “E” plates and vinyl stickers. This type has a fitting on the back which locks into a kind of keyhole mounting on the bus stop flag.
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