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1970
1971
1972
1973
1974

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1975 - 1979
1980 - 1984
1985 - 1989
1990 - 1994
1995 - 1999
2000 - 2004
2005 - 2009
2010 - Present

1970 - 1974

1970

1st January 1970 is the date from which this website takes an interest in public transport within Thurrock.

London Country comes into being, and became part of the National Bus Company, having previously
operated as part of the London Transport network, bringing Green Line with it.
Bus services are also provided by Eastern National, another National Bus Company operator; rail services
are operated by British Rail, owners and operators of the Tilbury to Gravesend ferry service on the river
Thames.

On 25th March 1970, a press release was issued detailing the new logo to be adopted by London Country; “the new motif
represents the green ring around London in which London Country operate, and naturally suggests wheel movement. The angled
bars give a feeling of perspective, suggesting operation in depth with a hint of ‘transport amidst green fields’ ”.

London Country logo

That seems like a rather optimistic description !!

1971

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Decimalisation of the UK currency occurred on 15th February 1971 and was often referred to as ‘D day’. London Country decided
to hold off decimalisation on it’s buses until 21st February 1971 ‘to allow sufficient decimal coinage to circulate’ - unfortunately
the plan didn’t go too smoothly as the old coinage virtually disappeared within days.

This table shows services operated in Thurrock by London Country and Eastern National as per the London Country timetable
issued on 3rd July 1971:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

2

Eastern National

Southend

Grays (via Corringham)

Daily

 

2C

Eastern National

Southend

Coryton

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

40

Eastern National

Tilbury Ferry

Brentwood

Daily

occ to Chelmsford

152

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays (via Homesteads)

Daily

 

153

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays (via Corringham)

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

154

Eastern National

Basildon

Grays (via Homesteads)

Mon - Sat

Peak Hours Only

155

Eastern National

Basildon

Tilbury Ferry  (via Corringham)

Mon - Sat

 

156

Eastern National

Basildon

Grays (via Horndon on the hill)

Daily

 

245

Eastern National

Basildon

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

255 / 256

Eastern National

Billericay Station

Stanford Station

Mon - Sat

 

257

Eastern National

Basildon

Bulphan

Mon - Fri

 

265

Eastern National

Basildon

Brentwood  (via Bulphan)

Daily

 

300

London Country

Stifford Clays

East Purfleet

Mon - Sat^

Peak Hours Only

323

London Country

Chadwell

Grays (occ journeys to Purfleet)

Mon - Sat

 

328

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham (Grays on Sundays)

Daily

 

328A

London Country

Stifford Clays

East Purfleet

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

328B

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri+

Peak Hours Only

357

London Country

Tilbury Docks

Grays

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

367

London Country

Tilbury Docks

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

368

London Country

Grays

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

369

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Belhus (occ journeys to Aveley)

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Romford

Daily

 

370A

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Purfleet

Mon - Fri*

Peak Hours Only

371/371B

London Country

Tilbury, Byron Gdns

Rainham

Daily

 

371A

London Country

Tilbury, Civic square

Purfleet Station

Daily

 

373

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri+

Peak Hours Only

374

London Country

Linford

Purfleet, Uplands Estate

Mon - Sat

 

402

Eastern National

Southend

Dartford

Daily

2 Return Journeys

723

Green Line

Tilbury Ferry

Aldgate, Minories

Daily

 

723A

Green Line

Grays

Aldgate, Minories

Daily

Via Belhus Estate

B / D

Thames Weald

Romford

Crawley

Daily

 

Various National coach services also appear in this timetable, many summer seasonal services only

^ One Journey each way, Sunday morning only
+ Plus one Journey, Saturdays only, Ockendon to Purfleet
* Also several journeys Sat am & one journey, Sundays only, Purfleet to Tilbury

1972

1973

1974

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This table shows services operated in Thurrock by London Country, as per their timetable dated 22nd June 1974:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

323

London Country

Chadwell

Grays

Mon - Sat

Occ to Purfleet

328

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham

Daily

Grays Only Sun

329

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

357

London Country

Tilbury Docks

Grays

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

367

London Country

Tilbury Docks

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

368

London Country

Grays

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

369

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Belhus (occ to Aveley)

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Romford

Daily

 

370A

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Purfleet

Mon - Fri~

Peak Hours Only

371/371A
371B

London Country

Tilbury, Byron Gdns

Rainham

Daily

 

371A

London Country

Tilbury, Civic square

Purfleet Station

Daily

 

373

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri+

Peak Hours Only

374

London Country

Linford

Purfleet, Uplands Estate

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet Station

Daily#

Peak Hours Only

723

Green Line

Grays

Aldgate, Minories Coach Station

Daily

 

# Also several journeys Sat am & one journey each way on Sun
+ Plus one Journey, Saturdays only, Ockendon to Purfleet
~ Also several journeys Sat am & one journey, Sundays only, Purfleet to Tilbury
 

August 1974 saw the RC class at London Country’s Grays garage, which operated on Green Line route 723, transferred to
Hertford garage; replacements came in the form of coach seated Leyland Nationals.

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