London Transport
Country Area Routes 330–334

North of the Thames

Last updated 16-2-10.

In 1950 route 330 ran daily between St. Albans and Welwyn Garden City (Cole Green Lane) via Oaklands, Smallford, New Hatfield, Stanborough and Valley Road. In the late ’50s it was extended from St. Albans to Hemel Hempstead via Leverstock Green, and beyond Welwyn Garden City with buses running to either Howlands or Great Ganett. The Great Ganett journeys were withdrawn in 1972. In 1974 the route was diverted in W.G.C. from Valley Road to Lemsford Lane, replacing the withdrawn route 330A, which is described below.

Route 341 was a major trunk route which ran daily between St. Albans (Marshalswick Estate) and Hertford (Bus Station) via St. Albans, Oaklands, Hatfield, Mill Green, Essendon Mill and Bayford Lane.

330
330
330
This plate is one of the very early post-war ones without the black lines at the top and bottom. They were fitted into the older flat bus stop flags which also had horizontal cross bars, thus the top and bottom edges were hidden. However, these stop flags required a great deal of dismantling to change the plates, hence the modern style was devised with the black top and bottom edging which could simply be dropped into the runners. The 330 and 330A ran together for their entirety, except for the two-mile stretch between Welwyn Garden City Station and Stanborough. ▼ This “E” plate would have come from the common section of the two routes, between St. Albans and Hatfield. ▼
330 FARE STAGE
330 FARE STAGE - 330A FARE STAGE
330 - 341

330A
330A FARE STAGE

Route 330A was introduced in 1968 to replace part of route 340B, and ran from Hemel Hempstead to Welwyn Garden City via Leverstock Green, St. Albans, Hatfield and Stanborough. The A suffix denoted that the service ran via Handside Lane and Lemsford Lane instead of Valley Road. The number was withdrawn in 1974 when all 330 journeys were routed this way.


In 1960 route 330B ran from Marshallswick Estate to Hatfield Technical College via St. Albans and Smallfield. I believe it ran only during rush hours. It was withdrawn in the winter of 1962–63.

In 1969 the route was reintroduced and ran from Hatfield Garage to Queen Elizabeth Hospital or Great Ganett via Stanborough, Lemsford and Welwyn Garden City, providing supplementary journeys at the Welwyn Garden City end of the main 330. It was operated with RT-type double-deckers from Hemel Hempstead [HH] and St. Albans [SA] Garages, and was withdrawn in about 1974.

These “E” plates could have been made for either of the (at least) two incarnations of route 330B.

330B
330B FARE STAGE

331
331 FARE STAGE -331A FARE STAGE
Split “E” plates are always rather desirable, as they are relatively uncommon and were usually produced for a specific bus stop. Not only is this a more unusual Country Area example, but it also combines the FARE STAGE description for both routes.
331 - 337

Routes 331 and 331A ran between Hertford (Bus Station) and Buntingford. The 331 ran via Ware, Wadesmill, Colliers End, Standon and Puckeridge, while the 331A (which was subsequently renumbered 337 in 1974 when letter suffixes were being eliminated from London Country route numbers) ran via Braughing, Dassels and Hare Street.

An older route 337 ran between Dunstable (Square) and Hemel Hempstead Station or Two Waters Garage.

RF 604 (Regal Four) [NLE604] at Hertford Bus Station working route 331A.

RF 605

Route 332 was a very short route providing just a few journeys between Amersham and Quill Hall Estate via Stanley Hill, mainly at school times. There would have been very few “E” plates for this route, mainly in Amersham.

332

333

The 333 was a Hertford local service. It ran from the Town Centre to Chapmore End via Bengeo. In the 1960s the route was split, with some trips to Molewood Estate instead of Chapmore End. In the early ’70s it was extended from the Town Centre to Pinehurst Estate, but the Chapmore End service was withdrawn. In later years some journeys were diverted to Parker Avenue, replacing route 333B to Ware Park Hospital.


Route 333B provided a daily local service between Hertford (Bus Station) and Ware Park Hospital via Bengeo. In latter days it was renumbered plain 333, and the Ware Park Hospital journeys were subsequently reduced to just a couple on certain days and then eventually withdrawn.

This is an outstandingly interesting “E” plate having two destinations shown with a suffix route, particularly as it was such a short service, making the journey in just 12 minutes! This plate is one of two that came from Hertford Bus Station and is astonishingly rare, which was reflected in its ebay selling price of £511.99!

333B BENGEO WARE PARK HOSPITAL

334
334 SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY

Route 334 was a Hemel Hempstead local service and ran during Monday to Saturday rush hours between the Town Centre and Maylands Avenue (in the industrial area) via Bennetts End. Certain journeys ran variously to Gadebridge and Swallowdale Lane Roundabout.

The route hardly altered over the years, and “E” plates for it are rarely seen. The SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY plate could have come from one of the extentions.


Route 334B ran between Hemel Hempstead (Gadebridge) and Maylands Avenue via Apsley Mills and Bennetts End, serving one of the factory areas. If anybody does have additional details I will be pleased to add the information.

334B
334B FARE STAGE
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