Green Line route 797
|Vehicle||Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro|
|Night-time||No night service|
|End||London; Baker Street|
|Length||23 miles (37 km)|
|Journey time||1 hour 5 minutes|
|Operates||05:22 - 22:-2|
|See also Green Line Coaches|
Green Line route 797 is a limited-stop express coach service, currently operated by Uno as part of the Green Line Coaches network. It operates between Hatfield and London. Arriva recently decided to stop running this route and Uno are running a revised and reduced service from March 2015.
Route 797 was started by Green Line in the 1980s and once ran from London to Cambridge. When London Country Bus Services was broken up in 1986, route 797 passed with the Stevenage depot to London Country North East, sold in 1988 to AJS Group, whoch established the Sovereign brand. The operation was sold in 1990 to Luton & District Transport, which was itself then acquired by [[Arriva Shires & Essex]. In 1996, Arriva sold the route back to Sovereign, by then owned by the Blazefield Group.
In 2004, Arriva purchased the Hertfordshire side of the Sovereign business, with the London side being sold to Transdev London. From 2005 to 2015, Arriva operated the route, but operation was transferred to Uno.
In 2001, before the sale, Sovereign purchased two Volvo B10M/Plaxton Premiere, which were specially branded for the route. However these are no longer used, being replaced by older Van Hool coaches and more recently, newer ones that were cascaded from the 757 London-Luton service. They were specially branded for the 797 service and feature rear adverts for shopping, leisure, and work uses of the service.
Unobus operated the route from Hatfield to London Victoria from 28 February 2015 until 31 August 2015, when route was made to terminate at London Baker Street. At the same time, the route north to Stevenage and Hitchin was extended to terminate at Hitchin railway station. Previously, the service north from Hatfield was provided by connecting service 625/635 to Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworh and Baldock. This service was withdrawn on 31 August 2015 and replaced by the 797.
Route departing Hitchin
Route departing London Baker Street
Coach stops at the University of Hertfordshire include the College Lane Campus, The Halls of Residence on Bishops Rise, and the de Havilland campus.
- Under-threat Welwyn Hatfield bus service saved - but will not run at weekends - Welwyn Hatfield Times, 12 February 2015
- History of Green Line Coach Services
- Competition Commission report (2005) para 2.7
- Fotopic - Picture of the two new Plaxtons Accessed 23 March 2008
- Uno - Route 797 timetable Accessed 31 Aug 2015
- Green Line Coaches website
- Green Line - Route 797
- Arriva Shires & Essex website
- Full timetable - Unobus
- Full timetable - Transport for London
- Unobus Website