London Buses route E2

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E2
Metroline route E2.jpg
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Brentford (AH)
Vehicle Volvo B9TL 10.4m / Wright Eclipse Gemini 2
Peak vehicle requirement 15
Night-time No Night service
Route
Start Greenford
Via Pitshanger Lane
Ealing
West Ealing
Northfields
End Brentford garage
Length 6 miles (9.7 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 7-12 minutes
Journey time 30-48 minutes
Operates 04:35 until 01:40

London Buses route E2 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Greenford and Brentford garage, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

Route E2 was established on 30 November 1968 as a flat-fare route from Greenford to Brentford via Pitshanger Lane, Ealing Broadway station and Northfields, replacing former route 97.[1]

On 7 December 1975, the route was converted from AEC Routemaster to Daimler Fleetline operation.[2]

In June 1984, route E2 was extended to Ruislip station, being further extended on summer Sundays to Ruislip Lido, replacing the former route 273.[3]

When London Buses was split into eleven pre-privatisation subsidiaries in late 1988, route E2 came under the control of CentreWest.

CentreWest was privatised in a management buyout in September 1994, before being acquired by FirstGroup in March 1997. In May 1997 route E2 was re-tendered and passed to Armchair Passenger Transport with Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. At the same time, route E2 was diverted in Brentford to terminate at Armchair's Commerce Road depot instead of the County Court.[1]

In 2002, Armchair retained route E2 upon it being re-tendered, and ordered a fresh batch of Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs, this time with dual doors. Route E2 was included in the sale November 2004 sale of Armchair to Metroline.[4][5][6]

In May 2009, double-decker operation returned on the route.[7]

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Route E2 London Bus Routes
  2. ^ DMS Ian's Bus Stop
  3. ^ Wharmby, Matthew, The London Metrobus (Ian Allan Publishing, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7110-3377-1
  4. ^ History Metroline
  5. ^ ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited Announcement ComfortDelGro
  6. ^ Armchair bought by Metroline Bus & Coach Professional 26 November 2004
  7. ^ "E2: Route History". Londonbuses.co.uk. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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