|Dates of Operation||Allocation|
|408A||Guildford/Addlestone (GF/WY)||Guildford - Merrow||2.7 m||High||???||???|
|415||Guildford (GF)||Guildford - Burntcommon - Ripley (- Ockham)||5.8 m||High||10/1952 - 10/1958||2|
|420||Addlestone (WY)||Woking - Sheerwater - West Byfleet||3.0 m||High||14/10/1959 - 31/07/1970||1. Including some school journeys|
Staines - Chertsey - Addlestone - New Haw - Woking - Send - Burntcommon - Burpham - Guildford
Timetable from 1965
|18.3 m||Low (Staines, Woking Stn)||06/1950 - 31/07/1970||3|
Staines - Chertsey - Addlestone - New Haw - Woking - Send - Sendmarsh - Ripley
Timetable from 1965
|15.4 m||Low (Staines, Woking Stn)||09/1950 - 31/07/1970||3|
Staines - Chertsey - Addlestone - Weybridge - Walton
Timetable from 1965
|8.7 m||Low (Staines)||06/1950 - 31/07/1970||2|
|461A||Guildford/Addlestone (GF/WY)||Chertsey (Botleys Park/ St. Peter's Hospital) - Ottershaw - Addlestone - Weybridge - Walton||6.8 m||High||09/1950 - 30/06/65||0?|
|462||Addlestone (WY)||Staines - Chertsey - Addlestone - Weybridge - Vickers Works - Cobham - Leatherhead (RLHs ran only Chertsey - Vickers Works - Weybridge Stn/Hospital)||?? m||High (RLH section)||???||RLHs ran peak works journeys only|
|462B||Addlestone (WY)||Walton - Vickers Works||?? m||High||???||Peak journeys only|
|462C||Addlestone (WY)||Ottershaw - Addlestone - Weybridge - Vickers/BAC Works||?? m||High||c1960s||??? works journeys|
|463||Guildford/Addlestone (GF/WY)||Walton - Weybridge - Addlestone - Sheerwater - Woking - Send - Burntcommon - West Clandon - Merrow - Guildford||18.1 m||Low (Woking Stn)||06/1950 - 31/07/1970||???|
|463A||Addlestone (WY)||Walton - (???) - Ripley||?? m||Low?||??? - 2/10/1955||Sunday PM Only - ???|
|Green Line 715||GF/WY||Guildford - Oxford Circus - Hertford. RLHs on Coronation Day only to London.||?? m||High||???||Coronation Day Only|
|Green Line 716||GF/WY||Woking/ Chertsey - Victoria - Hitchin. RLHs on Coronation Day only to London.||?? m||High||???||Coronation Day Only|
|Green Line 725||Addlestone (WY)||Windsor - Dartford / Gravesend. RLHs Windsor - West Croydon only.||?? m||Low- Worc Pk||1954-1956||Summer Sundays only|
A graph showing the allocation of buses between Guildford and Addlestone, with time, can be viewed here.
1950 - 8 first batch RLHs (7-14), painted in country green colours, were allocated to Addlestone from new in July/August, displacing all the STL types there. The RLHs were used to pass under the lowbridge in Staines for routes 436 (Staines - Woking) and 461 (Staines - Walton). They were also used to pass under the lowbridge in Woking on route 463 (Woking - Guildford).
From September 27th of that year, there was a large expansion in lowbridge double decker requirements, due to a re-organization of routes south of Woking previously worked by single deckers. A total of 18 buses were then needed, which meant 12 'Godstone' STLs operated (from Guildford garage aswell as Addlestone) along with the RLHs. Details of the changes were:
1954 - some weekday journeys on the 415 were extended to the village of Ockham, east of Ripley.
1955 - approval was given to the operation of lowbridge vehicles between Windsor and West Croydon on Green Line route 725, which passed under the Worcester Park bridge. Staines Garage borrowed RLHs from Addlestone from time to time at weekends for this purpose. Route 463A replaced by the extension of the Staines - Woking shorts of 436 to Ripley as 436A. The Guildford allocation was reduced in size, from eight to around six.
1959 - RLHs start working route 420.
1965 - route 461A converted to RT operation, meaning a drop in the Addlestone allocation of RLHs from 15 to 11. Total number of RLHs now scheduled in the Country area on Mondays-Fridays now only 16.
1970 - 17 RLHs were transferred to new owner London Country Bus Services on the first day of the year. 'London Country' gradually began to replace the 'London Transport' as the fleet name written on the sides. The last day of RLH service was the 31st July. By the start of the evening, most RLHs had been taken off for ferrying to Garston for storage. RLH 35 was to work the last run, starting from Guildford. By the time it had reached the Dukes Head pub at Addlestone there were many streamers, and it arrived at Addlestone depot at 2309. However, this was not to be the last journey - some late runs on route 461A were operated by RLH 44 between Ottershaw and Walton; that bus finally arrived at Addlestone Garage at 2317 from Walton. An event in August 2010 called RLH40 commemorates this occasion. The RLHs were mostly replaced by Swift type buses.
RLH 24 on route 436, and an RT, at Guildford Bus Station (Onslow Street)
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Weymanns also had another factory on the Industrial Estate beside the river Wey between Addlestone town and Weybridge - the parked Green Lines were moved to this site at some stage, but I don't know the date.
After the formation of London Transport in 1933 - in December 1934 all Green Line and Country Bus Garages were coded. WY was allocated as the Weymann parking area was alongside the river Wey (it is not clear whether WY stood for WeYmann's or River WeY).
London Transport applied for planning permission to build a garage in Windsor Street, Chertsey with a view to housing the Green Lines and Country buses there and moving out of Weymann's site. (There was a lot of dead mileage running from the Weymann site to Chertsey for the start of the Green Line London service). Anyway, planning permission for the garage in Chertsey was refused - again I have read somewhere in a book about Chertsey that it was refused because of the complaints of the local residents in the town.
This delayed the project and LT decided to continue to use Addlestone for their garage site and applied for planning for a bus garage in Addlestone. Eventually this was built on the site opposite the Co-op and it opened on 30th June 1936. As all the vehicles were transferred less than a mile from the Weymann site to the new garage, it retained the same code - WY.
Addlestone bus garage closed when the last London Country vehicle (a Heathrow Express Green Line) returned at 2.30 am on Saturday 26th July 1997. It was demolished and the site is now occupied by Gleeson Mews.
Thanks to Richard Proctor for researching history of Addlestone garage
Five RLHs and green RFs inside Addlestone Garage
Photo copyright D. Pring
Mr M. Carney writes about Growing Up with Green RLHs in Chertsey