The summer of 1986 saw two day trip routes introduced; route 990 ran from Grays to Eastbourne, whilst route 991 ran from
Grays to Ramsgate via Margate.
I donít have any more specific information on Green Line at Grays garage, but given that there is a couple of pictures, in the
gallery below, of a Grays Green Line coach on route 733 at Lakeside, it can definitely be assumed that Grays garage ran Green
Lineís till at least 1990.
The Green Line name returned to Thurrock in 1995 when Arriva Southendís X1 service became associated with Green Line. By
1999 Arriva Southend had secured an agreement with First Thamesway which saw the two operators join forces to provide a
single service under the Green Line banner.....and they numbered it the 721.
The partnership lasted until 2001, when First Thamesway pulled out - then Arriva gave up in 2002. Another Southend operator,
Stephensons stepped in and took over in a limited capacity (and again, the service is Green Line associated) - a situation that
continues today with a few peak hour only journeys......appropriately numbered X1, of course!
**Update - Stephensons withdrew their X1 service on 11th July 2008**