London Buses route E1
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Alexander Dennis Enviro400 on route E1
|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400 10.1m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||7|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Length||3 miles (5 km)|
|Frequency||About every 10-15 minutes|
|Journey time||16-24 minutes|
|Operates||04:32 until 01:42|
Route E1 began on 30 November 1968 as a flat fare route running between Greenford and Brentford via Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Hanwell. It replaced parts of route 211 (between Greenford and Ealing Broadway) and 255 (between Hanwell and Brentford).
The route was initially operated by MBS-class AEC Merlin single-deckers based at Hanwell (HL). On 7 December 1975, it was converted to double-deck operation using DMS-class Daimler Fleetlines, which in turn were replaced by MCW Metrobuses in 1981.
In November 1990, by which time the E1 had come under the operation of the London Buses Limited subsidiary Centrewest, the Ealing to Brentford section was split off as new route E8. At the same time, the E1 was converted to minibus operation using RW-class Renault S75 / Wright Nimbuses, marketed under the name of E-Line, though Monday to Friday peak services continued to be operated by Metrobuses.
Centrewest was privatised in 1994, and retained the E1 upon retender in 1997. Subsequently, the RWs and Metrobuses were replaced by Leyland Olympians transferred from London Buslines (which Centrewest had acquired the previous year) and Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLF single deckers. At the same time, the Alperton allocation was withdrawn.
On 30 May 2009, First London retained the contract of route E1 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double deckers.
On 22 June 2013, the operation of route E1 will be transferred to Metroline.