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Green Line Coach Routes 706–708

Last updated 25-03-10.

Route 706 began running in June 1946 between Aylesbury and Westerham via 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, Boxmoor, Two Waters, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and Aston Clinton. In 1948 the route was diverted via Tatsfield in both directions. From 1966 some Saturday and Sunday journeys (Wednesdays and Thursdays added from 1967) were extended from Westerham to Chartwell via Hosey Common during the summer months. In 1969 the section between Chelsham and Westerham was reduced to Monday to Friday peak hours only, and in 1973 this was further reduced to one morning “up” and one p.m. “down” journey. Two years later Westerham service was permanently withdrawn (but some Summer journeys continued serving Chartwell). The route was withdrawn in April 1977 when the Green Line network was being revamped, the northern end to Aylesbury being replaced by an extended 708 (which is described below).

1966 Chartwell notice1967 Chartwell notice1976 Chartwell notice1966 Chartwell notice
Bus stop timetable panels to publicised the summer service to Chartwell, country house of the late Sir Winston Churchill. The posting instruction at the foot is for all stops on route 706. Examples shown are from June 1966, May 1967, and March 1976. The fourth poster—also from 1966—would have been from the coach stop in Westerham, and also includes details for routes 464 and 485. This style of poster (A4 size: 8½" × 12" or 21cm × 30cm) has been used on London bus stops since the 1920s, using two holes at the top edge to hang the poster inside the frame, although today’s versions are laminated and without holes.
Route 706 timetable booklet
Timetable and fares booklet for route 706 (Aylesbury–Westerham) from 15th February 1969; the last one issued before daily service was withdrawn beyond Chelsham.

N O R T H B O U N D
706 VICTORIA WATFORD AYLESBURY
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 1960s and came from a stop near Watford.
706 AYLESBURY
706 AYLESBURY

S O U T H B O U N D
706 VICTORIA CROYDON CHELSHAM
This plate came from a stop north of central London. It dates from approximately 15.2.69 when most of the service was terminated at Chelsham.
706 VICTORIA CROYDON EAST GRINSTEAD
I believe this “E” plate is an error and should have been for route 708, as the 706 never ran to East Grinstead. The correct version is to the left.
706 CROYDON SELSDON CHELSHAM
706 CHELSHAM - 708 EAST GRINSTEAD
◀ This split plate was likely used between 1975 (when the southern end of the 706 beyond Chelsham was reduced to summer journeys only) and 1978, when the section of the 708 south of London was replaced. It quickly sold on ebay for a mere £500.

707 OXTED VIA CHELSHAM

Route 707 was introduced on 26th June 1946 and ran between Oxted and Aylesbury via Chelsham, Croydon, Victoria, Edgware, Watford, Boxmoor, Berkhampstead and Tring. It ran unchanged until 14th February 1969. Unusually, it shared it’s entire route (apart from the southern terminus) with route 706.

With only the single intermediate point of CHELSHAM, my guess is that this “E” plate likely came from Croydon bus station.


Routes 707 and 717 were introduced in January 1977 to replace the northern end of routes 712 and 713, and ran daily providing a limited stop fast service between Victoria and Luton Airport. The 707 ran via Baker Street, Golders Green, Barnet, London Colney, St. Albans and Harpenden, while the 717 diverged between Golders Green and London Colney via Brent Cross, Hendon, Mill Hill, Borehamwood and Shenley.

707
The 707 and 717 are not easy routes to find on “E” plates as London Country had stopped using them in their area, so they were only made for important stops where London Country was willing to pay for their manufacture. Most Green Line stops in the London area that required new “E” plates were made by using green self-adhesive numbers on the backs of withdrawn plates. Also, as the two routes were limited stop services, there were much fewer plates for them than was the case with the traditional Green Line routes.

◀ This plate cannot be from the older route 707 running between Oxted and Aylesbury which used “E” plates with cream numbers.
This split “E” plate is paricularly scarce. ▶
707-717
1977 route 707 & 717 timetable
TIMES & FARES leaflet for COACH SERVICES 707·717 From 29 January 1977.
An NBC Green Line bus stop timetable panel for EXPRESS COACH SERVICES 707, 717 TO LUTON AIRPORT. It is dated 28/10/78. ▶
1978 route 707 & 717 timetable

As part of the post-War reinstatement programme of the Green Line coach network, route 708 began running in May 1946 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. In 1948 two morning and evening journeys were diverted between Newchapel and Blindley Heath via Eastbourne Road (A22) instead of Lingfield, but this was withdrawn a year later. In 1975 the route was extended to Aylesbury to replace the withdrawn 706, with one peak hour journey extended to Tring. The section south of London (Victoria) was replaced by route 719 in 1978. The remainder of the route was withdrawn in the early eighties.

Route 710 was introduced in March 1946, 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 it finally died on 13 October 1972, another Green Line victim of increased car-usage, traffic congestion and rival train services.

708
708
708-710
Routes 708 and 710 ran in parallel between Purley and Brixton, and this plate could have come from any stop between those points. This is, however, a rare route pairing on an “E” plate. The usual practice was the pairing of routes with much longer parallel sections such as 701/702, 704/705, 706/707, 709/710 and 712/713. It dates from about 1960.

A selection of mid-range CS12 (Coach Single service 12) punch tickets from the Hemel Hempstead–East Grinstead route. They date from around 1948-49.

Tickets courtesy jrs232.

1′- route 708 ticket 1′2 route 708 ticket 1′3 route 708 ticket 1′5 route 708 ticket 1′6 route 708 ticket 1′9 route 708 ticket 2′- route 708 ticket 2′2 route 708 ticket 2′3 route 708 ticket 2′9 route 708 ticket 2′9 route 708 ticket 3′9 route 708 ticket

N O R T H B O U N D
708 CROYDON VICTORIA WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
This “double vertical” (as they were commonly known; technically “E2”) plate likely came from either East Grinstead or Godstone, as they were normally only found at termini or major interchange points.
708 VICTORIA WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
708 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD VIA VICTORIA
This is a nice three-line example showing the word VIA, and would probably have come from a stop in south-east London. It also exists with cream lettering.
708 EDGEWARE WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
On this “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 WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
708 WATFORD HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

S O U T H B O U N D
708 VICTORIA CROYDON EAST GRINSTEAD
This “E” plate also exists with cream numbers and lettering.
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