London Transport
Country Area Routes 457–459

South of the Thames

Last updated 10-11-09.

457
This is one of the very early post war “E” plates without the black line at the top and bottom. These plates were fitted into the older flat bus stop flags which also had horizontal cross bars and thus the top and bottom edges were hidden. However, they required a great deal of dismantling to change the “E” plates and hence the modern style was devised with the black top and bottom edging and which could simply be dropped into the runners.
457
457
A triple-split “E” plate is rare under any circumstances, and to find one that is a FARE STAGE as well is possibly unique!
457
And then this plate came along, missing the dividing lines between the route numbers so it is ambiguous. It should not have been the way it is for that very reason. Split plates normally have lines, and FARE STAGE should have appeared three times, but in this case without lines the fare stage should apply to all.
457-458
Routes 457 and 458 shared short sections of road in both Staines and Uxbridge, and this “E” plate could have come from either location.
London Country scholars ticket
This London Country scholars ticket would have been valid on the 457 and 457A between Iver Heath (Crooked Billet) and Slough (Pied Horse).

Route 457 began in the early ’30s as route 507 which ran from Uxbridge to Windsor (Bus Station) via Iver Heath, George Green and Slough. In 1934 it was given its present number and extended to Staines via Pooley Green, but this extension was withdrawn in 1936. In February 1937 journeys from Uxbrdige to Pinewood Studios were introduced, this service being renumbered 457C in August of that year. The 457 was renumbered 443 in 1980 as part of the Chilternlink and Thamesline route reorganization by London Country.

Routes 457A, 457D and 458 are described further on.

A more detailed history of route 457 and its variants can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).


Route 457A ran from Uxbridge to Windsor (Bus Station) via Iver Heath, Upton Lea and Slough. This service was later renumbered 452.

457A 457A UPTON LEA SLOUGH WINDSOR

457B

Route 457B was town service introduced on 18 April 1956 between Slough Station and Wexham Court Park Estate via Slough (The Crown) and Upton Lea, then circular along Wexham Court. On 8 July 1959 it was renumbered 400 and extended to Britwell housing estate.


Route 457D provided just a couple of rush hour journeys on Mondays to Fridays between Windsor (Bus Station) and Pinewood Film Studios via Slough, Upton Lea, George Green and Iver Heath. These journeys lasted until about 1961.

Only a handful of routes had “D” suffixes, so these are rare “E” plates.

457D 457D

458
458 FARE STAGE
458 FARE STAGE
458 MON.-SAT.

By September 1921 Thames Valley route W22 was running from Uxbridge to Windsor via Cowley, Iver, Langley Village and Slough. In 1929 it was renumbered 503 and transferred to the London General Omnibus Company. In 1934 the service gained the number 458. In 1936 the route was extended from Windsor to Staines. By 1960 it had been withdrawn beyond Slough, but during the London Coutry era it was extended to Cippenham via Slough (Trading Estate).

A more detailed history of route 458 can be found in Kenneth Warren’s book, The Motorbus in London Country (Ian Allan, 1984; ISBN 0 7110 1360 8).


In the ’60s route 459 ran on Mondays to Saturdays from Uxbridge Station to Richings Park Estate via Iver Heath and Iver. The route was withdrawn in the mid-seventies. (However, a replacement service has returned to Richings Park, again using the 459 number.)

In the late ’70s a new 459 was introduced between Feltham and Chertsey Station via Sunbury Cross and Shepperton.

I believe this “E” plate could have come from either route 459.

459
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