London Buses route E6

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E6
Metroline route E6 to Bulls Bridge.jpg
Metroline MCV Evolution bodied MAN 12.240
in May 2014
Overview
Operator Metroline
Garage Perivale West (PA)
Vehicle MAN 12.240 10.5m / MCV Evolution
Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 12
Night-time No night service
Route
Start Greenford station
Via Hayes
Willow Tree Lane
End Bulls Bridge
Length 8 miles (13 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency 10-15 minutes
Journey time 35-52 minutes
Operates 04:30 until 01:25

London Buses route E6 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Greenford station and Bulls Bridge, it is operated by Metroline.

History[edit]

Route E6 commenced operating on 21 July 1990 as part of the E-Line network operated by London Regional Transport subsidiary CentreWest from Hanwell garage.

Mainly replacing withdrawn route 274,[1] it originally ran Mondays to Saturdays from Hayes and Harlington station to Greenford Red Lion via the Willow Tree Estate and Ferrymead Gardens, with an extension to Greenford station during Monday to Friday peak hours.[2] As with the other E-Line routes, it used Wright Nimbus bodied Renault S75 minibuses.

On 27 March 1993, Hanwell garage closed, and its routes and the buses were transferred to the new Greenford garage. On the same date, route E6's extension to Greenford station was withdrawn.

CentreWest was privatised in a management buyout in September 1994, before being acquired by FirstGroup in March 1997. Upon being re-tendered in May 1997 the route was retained by CentrWest and the Renault minibuses with Marshall Capital bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. At the same time, the route was extended from Hayes to Bull's Bridge Tesco via Cranford Drive, and evening and Sunday services were added.

Upon being re-tendered in May 2002, route E6 passed to Hayes-based independent operator Wings Buses, who ordered 8.8m Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs for the route. It was extended again to Greenford station and re-routed via Ruislip Road, route E10 taking over the Ferrymead Gardens section. The extension also made room at Greenford Red Lion for new route E11.[2]

Route E6 was included in the March 2004 sale of Wings Buses to Tellings-Golden Miller,[3] who in turn sold their London operations to Travel London in June 2005.[4]

Upon being re-tendered, on 26 May 2007 route E6 passed to Metroline's Perivale West garage.[5] Metroline originally used 8.9m Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts, before these were replaced with 10.2m Enviro200s in 2008 for capacity reasons. In 2012 MCV Evolution bodied MAN 12.240s were introduced.

Current route[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Central Area Routes 270-276". "E" Plates. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Route E6". London Bus Routes. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Interim Results Telling-Golden Miller 29 September 2004
  4. ^ National Express Group purchases the London Bus Division of Tellings Golden Miller National Express 1 June 2005
  5. ^ Bus tender results Route E6 Transport for London 15 December 2006

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