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Green Line Coach Routes 706–710

Last updated 06-09-06.

Route 706 ran between Westerham and Aylesbury via Tatsfield, Botley Hill, Chelsham, Sanderstead, Selsdon, South Croydon, West Croydon, Norbury, Streatham, Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Kilburn, Cricklewood, Colindale, Edgware, Stanmore, Bushey, Watford, Kings Langley, Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and Aston Clinton. During the summer months some journeys were extended from Westerham to Chartwell (Winston Churchill’s country house). In 1969 the southern end was curtailed at Chelsham. The route was withdrawn in 1975 when the Green Line network was being revamped.

706 EDGWARE WATFORD AYLESBURY
706 WATFORD TRING AYLESBURY
Examples of this “E” plate were posted between Maida Vale and Stanmore.
706 KINGS LANDING TRING AYLESBURY
This plate dates from the late 1960’s and came from a northbound stop near Watford.
This plate came from a southbound stop north of central London. It dates from about 1969 i.e. after the change of the southern terminus to Chelsham. → 706 VICTORIA CROYDON CHELSHAM

707
This plate cannot be from the older Green Line route running between Oxted and Aylesbury which used “E” plates with cream numbers.
707-717

Routes 707 and 717 were introduced in 1977 running between Victoria and Luton Airport as a revamped limited stop partial replacement for the northern ends of routes 712 and 713 via Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Finchley Road, Golders Green, Hendon Central, St. Albans and Luton, with one of the routes serving Brent Cross Shopping Centre. As they were for a limited stop service, there were much fewer “E” plates for these routes than was the case with the traditional routes.

An earlier route 707 ran between Oxshott and Aylesbury, but “E” plates for that route would have had cream lettering.


Route 708 ran between East Grinstead and Hemel Hempstead via Felbridge, Lingfield, Godstone, Caterham, Whyteleafe, Purley, Croydon, Norbury, Streatham, Brixton, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Kilburn, Cricklewood, Colindale, Edgware, Stanmore, Bushey, Watford, Kings Langley and Two Waters.

On the second “E” plate the figure “8” is more angular than usual where the strokes cross in the middle. Also, note the incorrect spelling of Edgware!

708 708 EDGEWARE WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

709
The use of white rather than cream numbers (and the lack of any place names) indicates that this plate dates from the latter days of enamel “E” plates.
709 OXFORD CIRCUS AMERSHAM CHESHAM
This “E” plate and the one to the right likely came from stops in south London.
709 WEEKDAY OXFORD CIRCUS CHESHAM
“E” plates showing “WEEKDAY” are unusual in as most Green Line routes ran daily throughout their length.
709 WEEKDAY UXBRIDGE CHESHAM
The three plates with “CHESHAM” as the ultimate destination would have come from northbound coach stops prior to the route’s curtailment at Baker Street.
709 GODSTONE VIA CATERHAM
This plate is particularly old indicated by the amount of weathering and the use of the word “VIA”.
709 BAKER STREET
This plate dates from the late ’80s when route 709 was cut back to run just a few rush hour journeys only between Godstone and Baker Street.

Route 709 ran from Godstone to Chesham via Caterham, Old Coulsdon, Coulsdon, Purley, South Croydon, West Croydon, Thornton Heath Pond, Norbury, Streatham, Brixton, Kennington, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus, Baker Street, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd’s Bush, North Acton, Northolt, Uxbridge, Denham, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St. Peter, Chalfont St. Giles and Amersham. It was later curtailed to ran daily between Godstone Garage and Oxford Circus, and continued on to Chesham on weekdays. The 709 was the last Green Line route to use crew operation, with RCL class long coach Routemasters.


Route 710 (described below in more detail) also ran from Chesham (on Sundays) and Amersham (on Mondays to Saturdays) together with the 709 to Uxbridge, then via Hayes, Southall, Hanwell, Ealing Broadway and Acton to Shepherd’s Bush, then again with the 709 to Coulsdon, then finally via Hooley, Merstham, Redhill, Earlswood, Horley and Gatwick Airport to Crawley.

This plate obviously comes from one of the common sections (Gerrards Cross–Uxbridge–Hillingdon or Sherherd’s Bush–Croydon–Coulsdon) of the two routes.

709-710

710
710 OXFORD CIRCUS CROYDON CRAWLEY FARE STAGE
“FARE STAGE” Green Line “E” plates are extremely rare. Also, note the use of condensed lettering so that “OXFORD CIRCUS” fits all on one line.
710 AMERSHAM-710 CHESHAM SUNDAY
This plate is especially unusual as it shows the through service to Amersham, split with the Sunday extension to Chesham. It is most unusual to have a route number twice on the same plate.

Route 710 was introduced on 6 March 1946 as part of the post-war Green Line re-instatement programme, running initially from Crawley to Baker Street (the southern half of the pre-war service “I”) via Gatwick Airport, Horley, Earlswood, Redhill, Merstham, Hooley, Coulsdon, Purley, Croydon, Streatham, Brixton, Kennington, Trafalgar Square and Oxford Circus. It was extended the following year to Amersham Garage via Shepherd’s Bush, Acton, Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes End, Uxbridge, Denham, Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St. Peter. The route was extended to Chesham on Sundays. The 710 was the longest Green Line Coach route at this time. By November 1968 the route was curtailed to Amersham–Baker Street only and the route finally died on 13 October 1972, another Green Line victim of increased car-usage, traffic congestion and rival train services.

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