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Green Line was a London Transport brand which came with London Country when that company
was created on 1st January 1970. As far as I can make out, Grays garage were using Routemaster
double deckers (RCL & RMC) on route 723 (which ran from Grays to Aldgate, via Barking and
East Ham) at that time.

In 1972 the Routemasters were replaced by single deckers in the form of the RC class, though these proved unreliable
and were all soon sent to Hertford garage on bus work. Their replacements were more single deckers, this time in the
form of coach seated Leyland Nationals. I believe the Leyland Nationals lasted until 1981. The next type to operate on
route 723 were proper coaches classed as the RS.

1981 saw the 723 extended from Aldgate to Victoria, then in 1983 the 723 sprouted a spin off route in the shape of the
722, which originated from Corringham. Route 722 was a joint operation with
Eastern National. 1984 saw route 721
added (Tilbury - Marble Arch); route 721 gained an extension to East Tilbury in 1985.

By 1985 the RS coaches had been replaced with the TD class coaches - and according to my research, Grays garage
also became involved in National Express work - 1 vehicle was provided on a 4 day cycle (the other 3 days of the cycle
were operated by Midland Red) running the following schedule:

Route

Dep Time

From

To

850

1020

Romford

Burnley

820

2205

Burnley

Gatwick

825

0810

Gatwick

Manchester

825

1815

Manchester

Birmingham

825

0900

Birmingham

Manchester

825

1415

Manchester

Gatwick

820

2230

Gatwick

Burnley

850

1030

Burnley

Romford

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**

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