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Last updated 18-10-09.

Wood Green

Route W1 was introduced in September 1968 as part of the Wood Green flat-fare scheme. It ran between Turnpike Lane Station and Edmonton (Cambridge) via Westbury Avenue, The Roundway and Great Cambridge Road. It was an early withdrawal and was replaced by extra buses on route 144.

The W1 is not an easy route to find on “E” plates, and with SATURDAY in red is unusual for such a late plate, as by the 1970s red was usually reserved to denote Sunday services. The wording (EXCEPT RUSH HOURS) on the first plate makes it of particular interest. I believe it came from one of the stops in Wood Green High Road which was intially served by an off-peak extension of the route, but which was short-lived.

W1 MON.-FRI. (EXCEPT RUSH HOURS) SATURDAY W1 MON-SAT

W2
One of the vinyl stickers which were used after the manufacture of enamel “E” plates was discontinued.
W2 MON.-FRI. (EXCEPT RUSH HOURS) SATURDAY
This plate likely came from the Wood Green shopping hours extension. If so, it would be amongst the last enamel “E” plates manufactured, as they were being phased out at that time, in favour of vinyl stickers.
W2 MON.-FRI. GARAGE JOURNEYS
These GARAGE JOURNEYS “E” plates would have come from stops along Wood Green High Road during the ’70s when it was served only by the journeys to Wood Green Garage [WN].
W2 GARAGE JOURNEYS MON.-FRI.
The text GARAGE JOURNEYS did not appear often on “E” plates. Even less common was it preceding the days of operation.
W2 MON.-FRI. EXPRESS
W2 MON.-FRI. PEAK HOURS EXPRESS
This is one of the paper stickers which were used in the era between vinyl sitckers and plastic “E” tiles. It likely came from the Finsbury Park extension.
W2 route map

Route W2 was also introduced in September 1968 as part of the Wood Green flat-fare scheme. It replaced route 231 between Turnpike Lane Station and Alexandria Park (Victoria) and ran via Priory Road, with a Monday to Friday peak hours extension to Finsbury Park via Crouch End and Stroud Green. In 1976 the weekend service was withdrawn, and all journeys ran to Finsbury Park. In the early 1980s the route was extended to Wood Green during shopping hours.

Route W2 in 1970. Adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.


W3 route map

Route W3 began operating in 1968 as a direct replacement for crew-operated route 233 between Finsbury Park and Northumberland Park via Stroud Green, Hornsey, Alexandria Palace, Wood Green and White Hart Lane; and has remained more or less unchanged to this day. For the first six months of its operation the W3 ran on Sundays to Fridays, with the Saturday service provided by routes W5 and W6, which covered the service in two sections and along Wood Green High Road to Turnpike Lane Station. However, this arrangement was found unnecessary and abandoned in March 1969 when Saturday service was introduced. The initial fare was a flat 6d (212p). In 1974 the fare went up to 4p, and then increased another 1p the following year.

Route W3 in 1970. Adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.

W3

W4
W4
W4 MON-FRI (EXCEPT RUSH HOURS) SAT & SUN
This “E” plate is particularly unusual in that it has part of the wording in parentheses, in a smaller, condensed type face.

Route W4 was introduced in 1968 running between Turnpike Lane Station and Winchmore Hill via Wood Green and Palmers Green, replacing part of route 141 as part of the Wood Green flat-fare scheme. For a period of time it did not run between Wood Green and Turnpike Lane during rush hours to avoid traffic delays. The route has long since been withdrawn.


Another of the Wood Green flat fare routes, the W7 began operating in 1969 between Finsbury Park Station and Muswell Hill Broadway via Stroud Green, Crouch Hill, Crouch Hill Station, Crouch End Broadway, Park Road, Hornsey Hospital, Alexandra Park and Muswell Hill, replacing the former route 212 with a local flat fare route. In October 2001 the cash-less “Pay Before You Go” proof-of-payment system was tested on the W7, and following its success was expanded to all West End and articulated bus routes in August 2003.

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W7



W8 W8 PICKETTS LOCK

Route W8 was introduced in 1969 as a flat-fare route operated by MBS single-deckers, replacing the 128 which ran between Chase Farm Hospital and Edmonton Green via Gordon Hill, Enfield Town and Church Street. It was extended from Edmonton to Picketts Lock in the early ’70s to serve the new Leisure Complex, and received DMS double-deckers around 1975.

The destinated plate is most likely to have come from the bus stop at Edmonton Green bus station where buses ran through in both directions, but serving different stops. It is therefore a very rare plate.


Walthamstow

W21
Route W21 map
Route W21 in 1970. Adapted from The Greater London Bus Map.
W21 fare table
Route W21 fare table dated 18.6.78.

Route W21 was introduced as part of the Walthamstow flat-fare scheme in September 1968, and ran as a circular service from Walthamstow Central via Hoe Street, Chingford Mount, New Road, Highams Park Station and Wood Street in both directions. It was withdrawn around 1980. It is a very rare plate to find nowadays.


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