London Transport
Country Area Routes 335–339

North of the Thames

Last updated 23-03-10.

335
335
335
335 FARE STAGE
335 - 336
I was told that this “E” plate came from in front of Chalfont & Latimer Station, although the 335 and 336 also ran together in Chenies, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and Croxley.
335 - 353
This “E” plate is believed to be from Amersham Garage, but it could also be from Windsor, as the 335 and 353 ran together at both of those locations.
335 AND 353 FARE STAGE

◀ This is a rather unusual plate: the normal design had FARE STAGE twice, once below each route number. The scratches top and bottom are from when it was extracted from a bus stop.

Route 335 was taken over from the Lewis Omnibus Company in the early 1930s, and certainly in 1959 remained more or less the same, running from Windsor Bus Station to Watford (Leavesden) via Slough, Wexham Street, Fulmer, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Chalfont & Latimer, Chenies, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and Croxley.

Route 336 is described below.

Route 353 ran daily between Windsor (Bus Station) and Berkhamsted Station via Slough, Stoke Green, Stoke Common, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles, Amersham, Chesham and Ashley Green.


Route 336 ran from Watford to Chesham via Watford Junction, Croxley Green, Croxley, Rickmansworth, Chorleywood, Chenies, Chalfont & Latimer and Amersham (Oakfield Corner). Prior to the 3 October 1965 timetable, all Watford journeys continued to Garston Garage on Saturdays instead of terminating at Leavesden Road. London Country later extended the service to Chesham (Ley Hill).

336
This plate is a very old one for a route that hardly changed over the years, and probably dates from the days of the first bus stops in the country area, possibly slotted in the same stop flag for perhaps 30 or more years.
This “E” plate would likely have been posted on the section between Leavesden Road and Garston Garage. It is quite old, dating from the period when Saturday services were also denoted in red. It is even more unusual for also being a FARE STAGE plate. ▶
336 FARE STAGE
336 MON.-FRI.
Country Area “E” plated did not normally show the days of the week. This plate may perhaps have come from Watford Station.
336 SATURDAY FARE STAGE

336B SUNDAY
These are particularly interesting plates, as relatively few Country Area routes were Sunday only, and even fewer had “B” suffixes.
336B SUNDAY
336B SUNDAY
This “E” plate came from Amersham Garage just prior to it’s demolition in the 1990s.

Route 336B ran on Sundays only between Amersham Garage and Northwood Station via Amersham Station, Chalfont & Latimer, Chenies, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and Mount Vernon Hospital. There were just four return trips each day and they covered this section of Green Line Coach route 703 when the latter was withdrawn around 1965.


Route 337 ran between Dunstable (Square) and Watford via Whipsnade Heath, Studham, Gaddesden Row, Water End, Hemel Hempstead, Boxmoor, Bovingdon, Chipperfield, Belsize, Sarratt, Croxley Green and Watford Junction. In 1957 it was withdrawn between Boxmoor Station and Watford. In 1959 service between Hemel Hempstead and Boxmoor was withdrawn on Sundays and reduced to occasional buses only on Mondays to Fridays. At one time the 337 double ran to Whipsnade Zoo on Summer Sundays, although this was withdrawn by 1965. In 1966 the route was withdrawn entirely between Hemel Hempstead and Boxmoor, but some journeys terminated at Two Waters Garage instead of Hemel Hempstead Station. In 1972 or 1973 the 337 was withdrawn between Studham and Dunstable, then withdrawn completely by 1976, replaced by a United Counties service.

337
This “E” plate could have come from either version of the 337, but was probably from the Bedfordshire route, as London Country was eschewing the use of enamel “E” plates by the time the route was reintroduced in Hertford.
337 SUNDAY
There was a period when the 337 served Whipsnade Zoo on Sundays. It is especially unusual for Country Area “E” plates to be produced in red, as generally there were very few Sunday-only variations.
337 WATFORD
This plate is a rare survivor, as there were very few collectors when it was withdrawn in 1957. One possible reason that it may have lasted was that the destination was partially ground off and may have been covered over, allowing for its re-use.
337 - 377 - 377A
Triple-split “E” plates are extremely rare. This one likely came from Hemel Hempstead town centre.

Route 377 was a works service that ran between Apsley Mills and Redbourn via Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead town centre, Maylands Avenue and Cupid Green. There were very few journeys, and some were numbered 377A or 377B for slight variations. The whole of the 377/A/B family was a very infrequent and complicated group of routes generally running only during Monday to Friday peak hours, and were operated by RTs.


337 WARE BUNTINGFORD

The number 337 was later reused in the mid-70s for the 331A when letter suffixes were being phased out in favour of three-digit route numbers. It ran from Hertford (Bus Station) to Buntingford via Ware, Wadesmill, Standon, Puckeridge, Braughing, Dassels and Hare Street.

My guess is that this destinated “E” plate came from Hertford Bus Station.


Route 338 ran between St. Albans Bus Garage and Harperpury Hospital via London Colney. Some journeys ran on to Radlett Station. The 338 was a rather short route and I imagine there would not have been many “E” plates for it.

There is some discolouration on the first “E” plate which shows it to be very old, and as the route changed very little it would likely have been in use until the end.

338
338 FARE STAGE

338A
338A FARE STAGE

Route 338A provided just a few journeys to serve Napsbury Hospital at visiting times on Wednesdays and Sundays, and ran between St. Albans Garage and Radlett Station via London Colney, Napsbury Hospital and Harperbury Hospital. The normal service ran daily as 338 and bypassed the Hospital.


Route 339 ran daily between Harlow (Bus Station) and Warley (Eagle Way) via Potter Street, Thornwood, Epping Station, North Weald, Tylers Green, Ongar, Kelvedon Hatch, Pilgrims Hatch and Brentwood.

339
339
339 FARE STAGE
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