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1989

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1985 - 1989

1985

In March 1985, three more routes were added to the Tesco free bus service operated by London Country;
the T8 (Herongate), T9 (Aveley,
Usk Road), and T10 (Bexleyheath). Route T10 was operated by Swanley
garage.

In April, Essex County Council awarded the contract for route 369ís Grays to Shenfield section to Ingatestone
Coaches (re-numbered 269), leaving London Country with just the Gatehope Drive to Ockendon Station peak

hour workings. Route 370 was withdrawn between Tilbury Asda Store and Tilbury Ferry, though an Essex County Council contract
route between Chadwell and Tilbury Ferry was awarded to Highfield Minicoaches - meaning the quickest way to reach Tilbury Ferry
from Grays was now by train!

Also during the changes in April, London Country picked up the contract for Essex County Councils new sundays only route 378
from Grays to Tilbury
Feenan Highway.

London Countryís fleet details for April 1985 can be found by clicking here.

On 29th June 1985, Green Line route 721 was extended from Tilbury to East Tilbury and route 723 was improved by running direct
along the A13 between Dagenham and Poplar.

The table below shows bus services operating in Thurrock as per the Essex County Council timetable dated September 1985:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

152

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays

Daily

via Stanford

153

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays

Daily

Via Corringham

154

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays

Mon - Sat

via Stanford

155

Eastern National

Basildon

Stanford

Mon - Sat

Via Fobbing

156

Eastern National

Basildon

Stanford

Mon - Sat

Via Langdon Hills

157

Eastern National

Pitsea

Bulphan

Wed Only

1 Return Journey

158

Eastern National

Basildon

Grays

Mon - Sat

Via Fobbing

257

Eastern National

Basildon

Bulphan

Tue Only

1 Return Journey

265/266

Eastern National

Brentwood

Bulphan

Mon - Sat

 

269

Ingatestone Co

Grays

Brentwood

Mon - Sat

 

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

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Daily

Via Feenan Highway

371

London Country

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via St Chads Road

373

London Country

Chadwell

Aveley (To Rainham Mon - Fri peak)

Mon - Sat

Grays only Sundays

374

London Country

Grays

Linford

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham

Daily

Aveley only Sundays

377

London Country

Tilbury

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

morning & evening only

378

London Country

Orsett Hospital

Purfleet

Daily

Tilbury - Grays Sundays

383

London Country

Chadwell

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

Early morning only

389

London Country

Orsett Hospital

Purfleet

Mon - Fri

 

396

London Country

Grays

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Little Thurrock

399

London Country

Grays

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Lenthall Avenue

402

Eastern National

Southend

London, Victoria

Daily

Via Dartford

403

Eastern National

Basildon

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via West Horndon

405

Eastern National

Romford

Corringham

Fri Only

1 Return Journey

721

Green Line

East Tilbury

London, Victoria

Mon - Fri

2 peak return Journeys

722

EN & GL

Corringham

London, Victoria

Daily

2 peak return Journeys

723

Green Line

Tilbury

London, Victoria

Daily

 

795

See notes below

Southend

Brighton

Daily

 

Highfield

Highfield Mícoach

Chadwell

Tilbury Ferry

Mon - Sat

 

TW

Thames Weald

Sevenoaks

Romford

Wed - Fri

Via Aveley

TW

Thames Weald

Maidstone

Romford

Sat Only

Via Aveley

X1

Southend Transít

Southend

Heathrow Airport

Daily

 

X11

Southend Transít

Southend

Heathrow Airport

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

X31

Southend Transít

Canvey Island

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri*

Peak Hours Only

X21/X41

Southend Transít

Basildon

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

795
Joint operation by Eastern National, Green Line and
Southend Transport.
X31
* One return journey on Saturdays

From 1st October, London Country started to change the appearance of itís vehicles by changing the White stripe to light Green -
the ĎLondon Countryí fleetname was changed from White to light Green sometime later on.

1986

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The table below shows bus services operated by London Country as per their timetable dated 5th July 1986:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

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

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

370

London Country

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Daily

Via Chadwell

371

London Country

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via Little Thurrock

373

London Country

Chadwell

Aveley (Rainham at peak times)

Daily

Grays only Sundays

374

London Country

Linford

Grays

Mon - Sat

 

375

London Country

Stifford Clays

Rainham (Avelely only in peaks)

Daily

 

377

London Country

Purfleet

Tilbury

Mon - Sat

Early & Late only

378

London Country

Purfleet

Orsett Hospital

Daily

Tilbury & Grays
only sundays

383

London Country

Chadwell

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

Early morn only

389

London Country

Purfleet

Orsett Hospital

Mon - Fri

 

396

London Country

Grays

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Little Thurrock

399

London Country

Grays

Stifford Clays (Town Circular)

Mon - Sat

Via Lenthall Ave

721

Green Line

East Tilbury

London Victoria

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

722

See Below

Corringham

London Victoria

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

723

Green Line

Tilbury

London Victoria

Daily

 

795

See Below

Southend

Brighton

Daily

 

990

Green Line

East Tilbury

Eastbourne

Wed

Summer only

991

Green Line

East Tilbury

Ramsgate

Sun

Summer only

722
Joint operation between Eastern National and Green Line.
795
Joint operation between Eastern National, Green Line and Southend Transport.

Details of London Countryís fleet during summer 1986 can be found by clicking here.

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On 7th September 1986, London Country was split into four separate companies, in preparation for the forthcoming privatisation
of the National Bus Company. Grays garage became part of London Country North East, along with Harlow, Hertford, Stevenage
and Ware.

26th October 1986 - deregulation day.

Deregulation day, bourne out of the transport act 1985, was a particularly important day as it spelled the end of the National Bus
Company and allowed other independent operators to register their own routes. Many routes were subject to contracting out by
Essex County Council as they were socially necessary, but not financially viable.

The table below shows bus services operating in Thurrock as per the Essex County Council timetable dated 26th October 1986:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

150

Eastern National

Basildon

Grays (Via Corringham)

Mon - Sat

 

152

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays (Via Stanford)

Daily

 

153

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays (Via Corringham)

Daily

Eve & Sundays

154

Eastern National

Chelmsford

Grays (Via Stanford)

Mon - Sat

via Stanford

156

London Country

Basildon

Stanford (Via Langdon Hills)

Mon - Sat

1 Return Journey

157

Eastern National

Pitsea

Bulphan

Wed Only

1 Return Journey

158

Eastern National

Basildon

Stanford (Via Fobbing)

Mon - Fri

1 Return Journey

159

London Country

Basildon

Stanford Via Fobbing & Corringham

Mon- Sat

 

257

Eastern National

Basildon

Bulphan

Tue Only

1 Return Journey

265

Harris Bus

Brentwood

Bulphan

Mon - Sat

 

269

Harris Bus

Grays

Brentwood

Mon - Sat

 

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

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Daily

Via Chadwell

371

London Country

Tilbury Byron Gdns

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via Little Thurrock

372

Harris Bus

Grays

Orsett Hospital (Grays Sundays)

Daily

Via Tilbury

373

London Country

Chadwell

Aveley (To Rainham Mon - Fri peak)

Mon - Sat

See notes below

373

Harris Bus

Chadwell

Grays

Sun

 

374

Castle Point

Grays

Linford

Mon - Sat

2 return Journeys

375

Harris Bus

Aveley

Orsett Hospital (Grays Sundays)

Daily

 

376

London Country

Stifford Clays

Lakeside (Tesco Store)

Mon - Sat

Via Lenthall Avenue

377/378

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

Eve jnyís by Harris Bus

377

Harris Bus

Stifford Clays

Grays

Sun

 

379

Harris Bus

Tilbury

Grays

Sun

 

380

Cunnigham

Tilbury Ferry

Chadwell (Orsett Hospital Sundays)

Daily

 

383

Harris Bus

Chadwell

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

 Morn & Eve only

389

London Country

Fobbing

Purfleet

Mon - Fri

 

402

Eastern National

Southend

London, Victoria

Mon - Sat

Via Dartford

403

London Country

Basildon

Romford

Mon - Sat

Via West Horndon

405

Eastern National

Romford

Corringham

Fri Only

1 Return Journey

721

Green Line

East Tilbury

London, Victoria

Mon - Fri

2 peak return Journeys

722

EN & GL

Corringham

London, Victoria

Daily

2 peak return Journeys

723

Green Line

Tilbury

London, Victoria

Daily

 

795

See notes below

Southend

Brighton

See below

1 Return Journey

TW

Thames Weald

Sevenoaks

Romford

Wed - Sat

Via Aveley

X1

Southend Transít

Southend

Heathrow Airport

Daily

 

X10/X11

Southend Transít

Southend

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

X21

Southend Transít

Shoeburyness

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

X30/X31

Southend Transít

Canvey Island

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri*

 

X41

Southend Transít

Prittlewell

London, Green Park

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

373
Some journeys on Wednesdays, and all day Saturdays: extended from Aveley
to Romford via Romford Road, Corbets Tey and thence route 370 to Romford
795
Joint operation by Eastern National, and Southend Transport.
Eastern National operate on Mondays & Fridays, Southend Transport Sat & Sun.
X31
* One return journey on Saturdays

1987

Details of London Countryís fleet during summer 1987 can be found by clicking here.

1988

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London Country North East was the last company sold to a private operator, going into the hands of AJS Holdings on 22nd April
1988. AJS Holdings created County Bus & Coach, and further created local operating names for each garage - Grays became
known as ThameSide, though this change happen straight away hence the reference to London Country North East in the table
below.

The table below shows bus services operated by London Country North East as per their timetable dated 5th July 1988:

ROUTE

OPERATOR

 

 

Days

Notes

370

London Country

Tilbury Asda store

Romford

Daily

Grays only Sundays

373

London Country

Chadwell

Aveley (Rainham at peak times)

Mon - Fri

Extended Aveley - Romford
Wed, Fri and Sat

376

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

Via Lenthall Ave

377

London Country

Tilbury Asda store

purfleet

Mon - Sat

 

378

London Country

Stifford Clays

Purfleet

Mon - Sat

 

722

See Below

Corringham

London Victoria

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

723

Green Line

Tilbury

London Victoria

Daily

Grays only Saturdays

733

Green Line

East Tilbury

London Victoria

Mon - Fri

Peak Hours Only

990

Green Line

East Tilbury

Eastbourne

Wed

Summer only

991

Green Line

East Tilbury

Ramsgate

Sun

Summer only

722
Joint operation between Eastern National and Green Line.

1989

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