Green Line route 757

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757 (including 755)
Arriva Shires & Essex 4367 on Green Line 757.JPG
Overview
System Green Line
Operator Arriva Shires & Essex
Garage Luton
Vehicle Various coach types, including:
VDL SB4000/Van Hool T9
DAF SB3000/Plaxton Premiere
Night-time 24-hour service
Route
Start Luton
Via M1 Motorway
End London
Length 30 miles (48 km)
Service
Level Daily
Frequency Every 15 minutes
Journey time Around 2 hours 30 minutes
Operates 24-hour service
See also Green Line Coaches

Green Line route 757 is a limited-stop express coach service, currently operated by Arriva Shires & Essex as part of the large Green Line Coaches network. It operates between Luton and London. Additionally, the route 755 variation also serves some Luton housing estates. Some coaches run in easyBus livery.

History[edit]

The UK coach market was deregulated in 1980 under the Transport Act 1980. Route 757 was started the same year as part of a new Green Line network.[1]

In 2005, five new VDL SB4000/Van Hool T9 were ordered for the route, these were some of the first wheelchair accessible coaches to enter service with disabled passengers entering via the front door.[2] In 2007, one of these coaches sustained severe accident damage in a fatal accident on the M1 motorway.[3]

In 2006, as part of some easyBus service changes, some of the 757 coaches were repainted into easyBus orange. Thus, the minibus serves operated by easyBus over the same route of the 757 has now been incorporated into the coach route. Tickets can be used on either vehicles, and all coaches display prominent, "Green Line (or easyBus) passengers welcome" notices.

More recently, it has been common to see some of Arriva's standard buses on the route, most often Scania/Wright Solars branded for Luton Town services.

In February 2008, the route was revised to run as a standard service from Luton, then Luton Airport to London. Route 755 continued however.

An order was announced in April 2008 for 13 new tri-axle VDL SB4000/Van Hool T9s for the route.

One of the new Van Hool T9s, this one in EasyBus livery.

In 2009 the route was runner-up in the UK Bus Awards Express Operation of the Year category.[4]

Contractual reasons led to a ten-month period from 1 May 2013 when the 757 service did not operate to/from Luton Airport, solely operating to Luton Town centre. The service resumed operating to/from Luton Airport as from 2 March 2014 after a ruling by Mrs Justice Rose in the High Court.[5] [6]

Previous route (1980-2012)[edit]

Green Line 757 route diagram.PNG

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History of Green Line Accessed 21 March 2008
  2. ^ Green Line - "Assisted Travel on Green Line 757" Accessed 21 March 2008
  3. ^ BBC News - "Man dies in motorway fog pile-up" Accessed 21 March 2008
  4. ^ Express Operation of the Year 2009 - UK Bus Awards
  5. ^ "Green Line 757 returns to London Luton Airport from 2nd March 2014". Greenline. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Case No: HC13D01784" (PDF). British and Irish Legal Information Institute. High Court. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 

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