London Transport
Country Area Routes 420–423

South of the Thames

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Route 420 was a very short—almost town—working between Woking and West Byfleet Station, serving the Sheerwater intermediate housing estate on the way. It was a double decker route until 1972 when the RTs and RMCs gave way to one-man-operated single deckers. This route’s “home” (Addlestone Garage [WY]) also sometimes used low-height RLHs on the 420 until their demise in 1970.

With a route mileage of not more than four miles (612 km), which did not change, this heavy plate with large numbers might well be fairly old.

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421

Route 421 ran between Sevenoaks amd Heverham via Otford and. In the early ’70s it was diverted at Kemsing from Heverham to Noah’s Ark.

This “E” plate dates from the late 1960s.


Route 422 ran between Leatherhead Station and Boxhill (Greenacres) via Headley Court and Pebblecombe. A few rush hour journeys ran beyond Leatherhead to Oxshott to supplement route 416.

A more recent Route 422 ran between Sutton and Redhill via Belmont, Banstead, Burgh Heath and Lower Kingswood.

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422 ALIGHTING POINT ONLY
This “E” plate will be exceptionally rare as it would have been produced for a single bus stop at a terminus.

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It seems that the quality control left something to be desired on the “E” plates for route 423: note the lower-left corner of the number “4” on these two.
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This “E” plate was originally for route 423B, however it was officially (but inexpertly) modified at some point.
423 SPECIAL JOURNEYS FARE STAGE
Green RT 3045 [KXW154] on the 423 at Dartford, en route to Swanley on a 1970 summer Sunday afternoon.
Photo courtesy dublo19

Route 423 is a long-established route in Kent, originally running daily in London Transport days between Wrotham and Longfield via West Kingsdown, Farningham, Swanley, Dartford and Green Street Green. The route later passed to London Country Bus Services, then to Kentish Bus and is now operated by Arriva Kent Thameside, running from Dartford via Bluewater and Longfield to New Ash Green. Thanks to the support of Kent County Council, it even still runs on Sundays!


Route 423A generally provided just a few rush hour journeys at factory break times between Watchgate and Wells Factory via Dartford and Joyce Green. The trip up to Wells Factory was a fascinating run as buses brushed the hedges along the way and reversed to run round at the end of the route, from where the workers at the factory would disappear into the distance. The 423A was latterly operated by downgraded RMC Routemaster coaches.

The 423B ran from Watchgate to Littlebrook via Dartford.

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