London Transport
Green Line Coach Routes 711–713

Last updated 24-12-09.

Route 711 ran between Reigate Garage and High Wycombe Garage via Lower Kingswood, Banstead, Sutton, Mitcham, Tooting Broadway, Clapham, Stockwell, Kennington, Trafalgar Square, Oxford Circus, Baker Street, Shepherd’s Bush, Acton Vale, Ealing Broadway, Hanwell, Southall, Hayes End, Uxbridge, Denham, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield and Loudwater. The route was withdrawn in 1978 when it was replaced on the western section by new Green Line route 790, operated jointly with City of Oxford Motor Services.

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The Green Line brand was resurrected in the mid-1990s for a number of coach services from the Home Counties into central London. Among the companies participating were Arriva the Shires, Bee Line, County Bus, London & Country, Maidstone & District, Reading Buses, Southend Transport and Sovereign. This vinyl sticker likely dates from that period and hails from outside the Transport for London area.

A selection of C.S.8 (Coach Single service 8) punch tickets from the High Wycombe–Reigate route, both with and without stage numbers. They date from the late 1940s.

Tickets courtesy jrs232.

8d route 711 ticket 9d route 711 ticket 10d route 711 ticket 11d route 711 ticket 1′- route 711 ticket 1′- route 711 ticket 1′- route 711 ticket 1′2 route 711 ticket 1′2 route 711 ticket 1′3 route 711 ticket 1′6 route 711 ticket 1′9 route 711 ticket 1′11 route 711 ticket 2′3 route 711 ticket 2′9 route 711 ticket 3′- route 711 ticket 3′4 route 711 ticket

W E S T B O U N D
711 SUTTON OXFORD CIRCUS HIGH WYCOMBE
This “E” plate is probably from a stop in Reigate or Kingswood.
711 UXBRIDGE BEACONSFIELD HIGH WYCOMBE
This plate came from a stop near Hillingdon and dates from about 1960. BEACONSFIELD is set in a semi-condensed face that did not appear often on “E” plates.
711 UXBRIDGE BEACONSFIELD HIGH WYCOMBE
A newer version of the plate at left, as evidenced by the white—instead of cream—lettering.
711 HIGH WYCOMBE VIA BEACONSFIELD
This is an older plate with the word VIA, which was later eliminated to allow for an extra destination instead. It will have come from somwhere west of central London—possibly Uxbridge—as implied by the choice of destinations.
711 HIGH WYCOMBE
This is one of the rarer ones for the 711 as it would have come from a stop approaching the end of the route, hence just one name is shown. It also exists with cream lettering.

S O U T H B O U N D
711 OXFORD CIRCUS SUTTON REIGATE
This plate came from the western leg of the 711, en route to central London.
711 TOOTING SUTTON REIGATE
This plate came a stop in central London and dates from about 1960. It was purchased on ebay in October 2006 for £495.

Route 712 was introduced in 1946 as part of the post-war re-instatement of the coach services and ran from Dorking to Luton via Leatherhead, Epsom, North Cheam, Morden, Tooting, Clapham Common, Stockwell, Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, Baker Street, Golders Green, Borehamwood, London Colney, St. Albans and Harpenden. In the early ’60s the 712 was diverted between Radlett and St. Albans to run via Park Street instead of London Colney. By 1964 service was reduced to Saturdays only and most journeys ran to Dunstable via St. Albans (or Markyate as route 712A), with only a few coaches to Luton during rush hours. Some journeys ran as route 712B to Whipsnade Park Zoo instead of Dunstable during the summer, suplementing the 726. The 712A and 712B were very quickly renumbered as plain 712. By 1968 the 712 again ran daily from Dorking to Dunstable, with some trips to Luton on Saturdays. Operated throughout most of the 1950s and all of the 1960s by the famous RF-class coaches, conversion to one-person operation came in 1969. In 1971 journeys to Luton were withdrawn and service between St. Albans and Dunstable was provided during Monday to Friday peak hours and Sunday only. In 1975 the 712 was withdrawn south of Victoria, replaced by new route 703, and north of St. Albans except for Whipsnade Zoo journeys. The remaining route was withdrawn in 1977 with replacement by new routes 707 and 717.

The number 712 was later used for a route between Bishop’s Stortford and Romford via Harlow, Epping, Abridge and Hainault which replaced part of the “’round London” 724 express.

Route 713 is described below. Route 714 was introduced in 1946 as part of the post-war re-instatement of Green Line coach services. It ran between Baker Street and Dorking via Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Kensington, Hammersmith, Richmond, Kingston, Surbiton, Hook, Chessington and Leatherhead. In 1951 it was extended northwards via King’s Cross, Archway, North Finchley, Barnet, South Mimms, London Colney, St. Albans and Harpenden to Luton to replace the withdrawn 727. The 714 struggled on until 1977 when it was withdrawn north of Victoria, with the southern section not surviving much longer.

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This “E” plate most certainly came from the original route 712, as the use of cream lettering had ceased by the time the Bishop’s Stortford–Romford service was introduced.
712
This “E” plate with white lettering could have been for either of the 712 routes.
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The cream reverse of a route 712 “E” plate. Normally the back is the same colour of the face of the plate, not the lettering.
712-713
What at first glance may appear as a dot between the two route numbers is actually a rare manufacturing defect where most of the enamel has come off the dividing line.
712-714
The pairing of routes 712 and 714 was much less common than the 712/713 combination, which ran together for most of their length. This plate probably came from a stop between St. Albans and Luton.
712-713-714
This plate would have come from one of the common sections of all three routes, either at Dorking or Marble Arch, or between St. Albans and Luton. Split Green Line plates with two routes were not common, let alone one with three!

N O R T H B O U N D
712 BOREHAMWOOD ST. ALBANS LUTON - 713 BOREHAMWOOD ST. ALBANS DUNSTABLE
◀ This plate is very unusual in featuring six destinations, which was extremely rare amongst any “E” plates, let alone Green Line ones. The plate would have been displayed somewhere in North London—Golders Green Station seems likely, as the large number of routes there may have given rise for the need to fit an unusual amount of information onto one plate. However, the plate is in such prisitine condition it is possible that it was never used, or perhaps displayed only for a short time. It sold on ebay for a penny less than £544. 712 HARPENDEN LUTON

S O U T H B O U N D
712 AND 713 MORDEN EPSOM DORKING
The use of the word AND is unusual, but it eliminated the need to list the destinations twice. This “E” plate likely came from a stop in central or south London.
712 SATURDAY EPSOM DORKING
This “E” plate is from the 1964–1968 period when the 712 ran as a Saturday-only service.

Route 712A was introduced on 22nd May 1963 as a summer weekend variation of the 712. It diverged at St. Albans to run via the A5 to Whipsnade Zoo. Both the 712A and 712B were absorbed into the 712 on 14th April 1965, and schedules showing it indicate that coaches run via Park Street and St. Stephens whether running to Luton, Dunstable or Whipsnade Zoo.

712A SAT. & SUN. DORKING
712A SAT. & SUN. WHIPSNADE

A 1966 bus stop advert promoting SUNDAY BARGAINS to the SURREY HILLS on the 712, 713 and 714; specifically Cheap Day Returns to Box Hill and Dorking for the North Downs.
September 1967 bus stop timetable panel for routes 712 and 713. It shows the southbound service to VICTORIA and Dorking; northbound journeys are on the other side.
TIMETABLE AND FARES booklet for the Dorking–Dunstable corridor. Dating from 16 AUGUST 1970, it was and early publication of the new London Country Bus Services.
Bus stop timetable panel for the 712 and 713, dated 25.5.74. It is slightly larger than a sheet of A4 size paper and marked For posting Victoria to Dunstable or Whipsnade Zoo. The other direction is on the other side.

Route 713 was introduced in May 1946 as part of the post-war re-instatement of the coach services. It ran between Dorking and Dunstable via Leatherhead, Epsom, North Cheam, Morden, Tooting, Victoria, Golders Green, Mill Hill, Borehamwood, Radlett, Shenley and St. Albans. From 1964 some journeys were diverted at St. Albans to Harpenden and Luton as route 713A, but the renumbering was withdrawn after less than six months. Operated throughout most of the 1950s and all of the 1960s by the famous RF-class coaches, conversion to one-person operation came in 1969. In 1971 Saturday journeys were withdrawn, as was service between St. Albans and Dunstable outside of rush hours. The Green Line network began to be run down in the 1970s, and 713 journeys north of St. Albans and south of Victoria were withdrawn in 1975, the latter being replaced by new route 703. The remainder of the route was withdrawn in January 1977 with replacement by new routes 707 and 717.

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713
This plate has a white reverse. The white lettering dates it from the 1970s.
713 FARE STAGE

S O U T H B O U N D
713 MORDEN EPSOM DORKING
This “E” plate came from a coach stop, likely in central London.

Route 713A was introduced on 4th November, 1964, as a peak-hour variation of the 713 between London (Victoria) and Luton via Baker Street, Golders Green, Edgware, Borehamwood, St. Albans and Harpenden. The route was renumbered 713 in April 1965, making it the shortest-lived Green Line route, and one for which only a handful of “E” plates are known to exist.

713A MON.-FRI. VICTORIA
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