London Buses route 406

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406
Quality Line DD12 on Route 406, Epsom Clock Tower.jpg
Overview
Operator Quality Line
Garage Epsom (EB)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m
Peak vehicle requirement 4
Night-time No night service
Route
Start Kingston
Via Surbiton
Tolworth
Ewell
End Epsom
Length 8 miles (13 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 30 minutes
Journey time 35-53 minutes
Operates 05:45 until 00:15

London Buses route 406 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Kingston and Epsom, it is operated by Quality Line.

History[edit]

Route 406 started in 1920 as route S6 between Kingston and Redhill, and was renumbered as 406 in 1924.[1] In 1957, the second prototype AEC Routemaster ran on route 406 between Redhill and Kingston.[2] It was later shortened to operate just between Kingston and Epsom. Following the Privatisation of London bus services the route became part of London Country South West.[3]

On 27 January 2001 it became a tendered Transport for London route with London United's Hounslow garage taking over operation.[4] A proposal to extend the 406 to Teddington in 2001 was not received favouably by residents and did not proceed.[5]

Upon being re-tendered, on 30 June 2007 it passed to Quality Line with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s. The route was diverted via Surbiton Hill Road instead of Surbiton station at the same time.[6]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Transport Country Area Routes 406-409 eplates.info
  2. ^ Graeme Bruce, J; Curtis, Colin (1977). The London Motor Bus: Its Origins and Development. London Transport. p. 99. ISBN 0853290830. 
  3. ^ London Country Bus Preservation Page ampyx.net
  4. ^ Bus Route Shake Up - Kingston & Surbiton | Surbiton.com
  5. ^ Head Slams Plans To Extend 406 Bus Route Daily Echo 7 December 2001
  6. ^ Aldridge, John (December 2006). "Quality Line wins first double-deck contracts". Buses (Ian Allan Publishing) (621): 22. 

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