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1975 - 1979

1975

This table shows services operated in Thurrock by London Country, as per their timetable dated 30th
August 1975:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

323

London Country

Chadwell

Grays

Mon - Sat

occ to Purfleet

328

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham

Daily

Grays only Sundays

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 Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

368

London Country

Grays

East Tilbury, Bata Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

369

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Belhus (occ j’ys to Aveley)

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Romford

Daily

 

371/371B

London Country

Tilbury, Byron Gardens

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

Daily

 

# One journey each way on Sat & Sun
+ Plus one journey, Saturdays only, Ockendon to Purfleet
 

1976

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Major changes occurred to London Country services in the Grays area on 3rd April 1976.
Routes 329, 357, 370A, 371A and 371B were withdrawn (London Country had a policy of eliminating suffix letters from route
numbers at this time) and new routes 324 & 399 were introduced. Route 323 replaced all of route 370’s journeys to Chadwell St
Mary, new route 324 replaced route 370A and the 399 served roads which had never had a bus service.
Route 399 had two loops and was billed as a ‘town service’; the ‘Northern loop’ ran from Derby Road and went via Hathaway
Road, Lenthall Avenue, Hogg Lane, Crammavill Street, Long Lane, Laird Avenue, Rectory Road and back to Derby Road. The
‘Southern loop’ ran from Derby Road via Bridge Road, Argent Street and back to Derby Road. The ‘Southern loop’ was poorly
used and was withdrawn after seven months, being replaced by a second Northern loop from Derby Road to Stifford Clays via
Little Thurrock.

This table shows services operated in Thurrock by London Country, as per their timetable dated 30th October 1976:

1977

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

323/324

London Country

Chadwell

Grays

Mon - Sat ~

Occ to Purfleet

328

London Country

Stifford Clays

Aveley (Occasionaly Rainham)

Daily

Grays only Sun

329

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet Station

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 Station

Belhus

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Romford

Daily

 

371

London Country

Tilbury, Feenan Highway

Rainham

Daily

 

373

London Country

Ockendon Station

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri+

Peak Hours Only

374

London Country

Linford

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet Station

Daily#

Peak Hours Only

399

London Country

Derby Road (Grays)

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

 

723

Green Line

Grays

Aldgate, Minories Coach Station

Daily

 

# One journey each way on Sat & Sun
+ Plus one journey, Saturdays only, Ockendon to Purfleet
~ Plus one journey, Sundays only, Purfleet to Tilbury Ferry

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1977 saw London Country route 370 loose it’s crew operated Routemasters, in favour of a completely new type of vehicle to
London Country; the Bristol VRT. London Country bought fifteen of them (registered PPH461R to PPH475R) and allocated
them all to Grays garage. Because London Country decided to standardise on Leyland Atlanteans for it’s double deck requirements,
and the difficulties of maintaining such a small fleet, the VRT’s were sold to the Bristol bus company after just three years (
click
here
to see the 1980 entry recording this).

1978

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This table shows services operated in Thurrock, as per the Essex County Council timetable dated May 1978:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

2

Eastern National

Southend

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

26

Eastern National

Basildon

Romford

Daily

Via West Horndon

152 /153
154

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays

Daily

152 /154 via Stanford
153 via Corringham

155

Eastern National

Basildon

Tilbury, Civic Square

Mon - Sat

Via Fobbing

156

Eastern National

Basildon

Tilbury, Civic Square

Mon - Sat

Via Langdon Hills

245

Eastern National

Vange

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

257

Eastern National

Basildon

Bulphan

Mon - Sat

 

265

Eastern National

Warley

Bulphan

Mon - Sat

West Horndon only Sats

269

Eastern National

Brentwood

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

323

London Country

Chadwell

Grays

Mon - Sat

Occ  jnys to Purfleet Stn

324

London Country

Chadwell

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri

Early morning only

328

London Country

Stifford Clays

Aveley (Rainham Mon - Fri peaks)

Daily

To Grays only Sundays

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, Gatehope Drive

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Romford

Tilbury Ferry

Daily

 

371

London Country

Tilbury

Rainham

Daily

 

373

London Country

Ockendon Stn

Aveley

Mon - Sat

 

374

London Country

Grays

Linford

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet Station

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

399

London Country

Derby Rd (Grays)

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

 

402

Eastern National

Southend

Dartford

Daily

2 Return Journeys

723

Green Line

Grays

Aldgate, Minories Coach Station

Daily

 

1st July 1978 saw the introduction of route 396, which replaced route 399 between Grays and Stifford Clays via Little Thurrock -
the Grays to Stifford Clays via Lenthall Avenue section remained as the 399.

Towards the end of 1978, London Country introduced the ‘Thurrock Travelwide’ ticket.

1979

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As can be seen in the table below, London Country made major changes to it’s services on 1st September 1979 - main change
being that all the 32x routes were withdrawn and replaced by new routes numbered in the 37x series.

This table shows services operated in Thurrock, as per the Essex County Council timetable dated September 1979:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

2

Eastern National

Southend

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

26

Eastern National

Basildon

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via West Horndon

152 /153
154

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays

Daily

152 /154 via Stanford
153 via Corringham

155

Eastern National

Basildon

Stanford le Hope

Mon - Sat

Via Fobbing

156

Eastern National

Basildon

Stanford le Hope

Mon - Sat

Via Langdon Hills

157

Eastern National

Pitsea

Stanford le Hope

Wed & Sat

Via Vange, 1 RTN JNY

245

Eastern National

Vange

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

265

Eastern National

Warley

Bulphan

Mon - Sat

West Horndon only Sats

402

Eastern National

Southend

Dartford

Daily

2 Return Journeys

367

London Country

Tilbury Docks

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

 

Peak Hours Only

368

London Country

Grays

East Tilbury, Bata Shoe Factory

 

Peak Hours Only

369

London Country

Brentwood

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

370

London Country

Tilbury Ferry

Romford

Daily

 

373

London Country

Chadwell

Aveley

Daily

See notes below

374

London Country

Linford

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham (Via Aveley)

Daily

To Grays only on Sun

376

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham (Via Purfleet)

Mon - Sat

 

377

London Country

Purfleet

Tilbury

Daily

To Grays only on Sun

378

London Country

Purfleet

Orsett Hospital

Mon - Sat

Via Tilbury

389

London Country

Aveley

Orsett Hospital

Daily

1 RTN JNY Sat & Sun

396

London Country

Derby Rd (Grays)

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Rectory Road

399

London Country

Derby Rd (Grays)

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Lenthall Avenue

723

Green Line

Grays

Aldgate, Minories Coach Station

Daily

 

TW

Thames Weald

Sevenoaks

Romford

Wed, Fri & Sat

Via Aveley

Route 373:
On Mondays to Fridays, extended to Rainham during peak times
On Sundays, Chadwell to Grays only

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