Tuesday, 23 November 2021
Green Line - Slow Decline (2)
At its peak, Green Line 721 from Aldgate to Brentwood ran every 12 minutes (some authyoprities say every 10!) and was the haunt of double deck Routemaster coaches.
Route 721 ran between Aldgate (Bus & Coach Station) and Brentwood via Whitechapel, Mile End, Bow Road, Stratford, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Gallows Corner and Harold Park. While the 721 was once one of the busiest Green Line coach routes, running every 10 minutes on Mondays to Saturdays in the mid-60s, it was an withdrawn in about the mid-70s. The routes running from Aldgate were much shorter than the rest of the cross-London network.
Now there is no one-hop service from Aldgate to Brentwood! fbb did once visit the main London terminal on Eccleston Bridge at Victoria. It was impressive with stands lining the road and well-cared-for green coaches going to far away places with strange sounding names.
But today, there are just four services which carry the name Green Line, and one of them, the 724 from Harlow to Heathrow only carries it in memory.
Which leaves us with Arriva The Shires.
Then there is the 758 and variants.
This is the feeble timetable ...
But the news of the 758 (etc) decline becomes somewhat academic in a couple of weeks' time. Arriva is withdrawing the service completely; leaving just three Green Lines left.
Incidentally, Arriva did announce a new Green Line, service 720 from Stantead Airport to London but it was postponed due to the onslaught of Covid. fbb doubts that it will ever appear as Arriva seems intent on cutting back everywhere they operate.
But as the big boss said in a recent Buses magazine article, "I am determined that Arriva will grow to be the best bus company in Britain."
Don't Believe What You Read On The Internet
Not only is every red bus a London bus, but apparently, every green bus is Green Line.
Green Line A P.S.
A better picture, on a preserved bus, of a pre-war lettered route board.
Arriva's "new" logo is rubbish as well!
Next Exeter blog : Wednesday 24th November