370 Bus on Hairpin bridge

Dated 27 March 1971

Not sure of how long after this was taken that the weight limit was reduced to cars only..and then pedestrians. Years of taking a pounding from buses and lorries into and out of Tilbury Dock had taken their toll. My thanks to Dickie Morris (Orient Road ) for this one.


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  • The 370 bus was the route number given when London Transport took over from Eastern National in 1951 who had used the route number 37A for its service from Tilbury Ferry to Grays.  The bus is a typical LT RT type but its Eastern National predecessor could have been from a variety of types that operated from the the garage in Argent Street, Grays.  Some of the double deckers used were Utility Guys sent to Grays to replace buses after the depot had been bombed during World War II.

    By Duncan Grant (23/01/2014)
  • Hi Dave, knowing this bridge very well I used it twice a day for school and as well as that for running errands. Yes the buildings to the immediate right of the bus in the background are the Railway  Cottages, not entirely sure when they were demolished, but I think you are about right re the year. The houses on the far right background are in fact in Orient Road near it’s junction with Ferry Road. Like Peninsula Road behind it, it formed the route out of the docks and hospital for road traffic.

    By Mark Nunnery (21/01/2014)
  • The building on the right hand side of the bus in the distance – those visible right on the bus – are they the railway cottages? I thought they were knocked down in the 1960’s? The dark buildings on the edge of the frame – they were knocked down during the late 70’s as I recall – anyone know the names of the roads?

    By Dave Thompson (19/01/2014)

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