London Transport
Country Area Routes 370–379

North of the Thames

Last updated 18-2-10.

370
This plate was once for route 370A, but the “A” has been ground off officially as was sometimes done in the interests of economy or speed.
370 FARE STAGE
The extra  FARE STAGE  wording on this plate meant that it was on a bus stop where a particular fare started and ended. This was indicated for the benefit of both passengers and the conductor. There were fewer plates with this wording and they have become particularly collectable.
370 FARE STAGE - 370A FARE STAGE
This “E” plate is hand-painted onto sheet aluminum, hence the slight irregularities in the lettering.
Route 370 1979 bus stop timetable card.

Route 370 was one of Grays [GY] Garage’s trunk routes. It ran daily between Tilbury Ferry and Romford LT Garage via Tilbury, Chadwell St. Mary, Grays, North Stifford, South and North Ockendon, Corbets Tey, Upminster and Hornchurch. In the summer of 1977 the route was converted from RT double-deckers to one-man-operation with London Country’s BT-class Bristol VRTs. The route still runs today between Grays and Romford.

Route 370A followed the same routing as far as Grays, then diverted to Purfleet Station via East Purfleet. It ran mainly during peak times, and not at all on Sundays.

A London Country bus stop timetable panel for route 370 to ROMFORD via Grays and Upminster. It is dated 06/01/79, co-incident with the introduction of omo buses.


Route 370A ran on Mondays to Saturdays. mainly during peak hours, between Tilbury Ferry and Purfleet Station via Tilbury, Chadwell St. Mary, Grays and East Purfleet.

370A 370A FARE STAGE

371
371 FARE STAGE

Route 371 ran between Tilbury (Feenan Highway) and Rainham (Memorial) via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner, Aveley and Wennington. For much of its life, the 371 would have been operated by RT double-deckers out of Grays Garage [GY].

 FARE STAGE  “E” plates were posted on bus stops where a particular fare started and ended. The extra wording was for the benefit of both passengers and the conductor. There were fewer of these plates, and they have become particularly collectable.


Route 371A ran between Tilbury (Feenhm Highway) and Purfleet Station via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner and East Purfleet.

Route 371B is described below.

371A
371A FARE STAGE
371A - 371B
This split “E” plate could have been posted anywhere between Tilbury and Stonehouse Corner, but most likely came from the congested area in Grays.

371B
371B
371B
371B ALIGHTING POINT

Route 371B ran between Tilbury (Feenham Highway) and Rainham (War Memorial) via Tilbury Docks, Little Thurrock, Grays, West Thurrock, Stonehouse Corner, Aveley (where it diverged briefly from the 371), Rainham and Wennington. It was operated by Grays [GY] garage using RTs in the 1950s and 1960s, converting to RF single deckers towards the end of the 1960s. In the 1970s, by then under London Country, Leyland Nationals were used.

It is always rather uncommon to find “E” plates with ALIGHTING POINT, as they were usually only made for a single bus stop at the terminus.


Route 374 ran between Uplands Estate and Linford (Butts Lane) via Stonehouse Corner, West Thurrock, Grays, Chadwell St. Mary, West Tilbury, Low Street Station and East Tilbury. On Monday to Saturday it was extended from Uplands Estate to Aveley (Tunnel Garage)

374
374 FARE STAGE

375
375

Route 375 was introduced quite late in London Country days as the new number for the previous route 300 running between Purfleet Station and Stifford Clays (Whitmore Avenue) via East Purfleet, Stonehouse Corner, West Thurrock, Grays and Turps Corner. The renumbering was caused by the 300 number being needed for the renumbering of the 303A to eliminate the “A” suffix, as was the fashion of London Country during the ’70s.


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 which were operated by RTs. There would have been very few stops with “E” plates, probably only in the Apsley Mills and Town Centre area, and this is therefore extrememly rare.

377

377A SPECIAL JOURNEYS ONLY

Route 377A operated only a few journeys between Apsley Mills or Boxmoor and Friars Wash via Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead, High Street Green, Maylands Avenue, Cupid Green and Redbourn. It began running in the very early 1960s, and was withdrawn in 1974.

I believe that the main service ran from Apsley Mills, and that this “E” plate was for the Boxmoor journeys.


Route 377B ran in the Hemel Hempstead area between Apsley Mills and Redbourn with a couple of journeys to Friars Wash.

The first plate is especially interesting because I believe this is a particularly old one with the much larger style of numbers, and it has an unusually small suffix letter. The weathering shows that the route hardly changed, right through to the ’70s, so it is likely to date from the earlier days of “E” plates on the route, which probably accounts for it being unusually heavy.

377B 377B

378

Route 378 was a Hemel Hempstead local works service running during Monday to Friday rush hours, lunchtimes and a couple of Saturday journeys, between Apsley Mills and Gadebridge via Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead Station and Chaulden. Some journeys ran to Boxmoor (Wharf Road).


Route 379 was introduced quite late in London Country days, running on market days only between Hertford (Bus Station) and Stevenage (Bus Station) via Bramfield, Bulls Green, Nut Croft, Datchworth, Woolmer Green and Knebworth. It covered many of the roads previously served by route 329 between Hertford and Nup End which had been withdrawn some years earlier. Surprisingly, the 379 became quite successful with extra journeys being added. The route still runs today with TrustLine.

379
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