London Buses route E1
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|Vehicle||Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m|
|Peak vehicle requirement||7|
|Night-time||No night service|
|Via||Drayton Green station|
|End||Ealing Broadway station|
|Length||3 miles (5 km)|
|Journey time||16-24 minutes|
|Operates||04:32 until 01:42|
Route E1 was established on 30 November 1968 as a flat-fare route from Greenford to Brentford via Ealing Broadway station, West Ealing and Hanwell. It replaced parts of two former routes: the 211 between Greenford and Ealing Broadway, and the 255 between Hanwell and Brentford.
The route was initially operated by MBS-class AEC Merlins out of Hanwell garage (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.
When London Buses Limited was split into eleven pre-privatisation subsidiaries in late 1988, route E1 came under the control of CentreWest. In November 1990, the Ealing – Brentford section became stand-alone route E8. At the same time, the E1 was converted to minibus operation using RW-class Wright Nimbus-bodied Renault S75s, marketed under the name of E-Line, though Monday to Friday peak services continued to be operated by Metrobuses.
CentreWest was privatised in a management buyout in September 1994, before being acquired by FirstBus in March 1997. Shortly afterwards, on 24 May 1997, the company retained the E1 upon re-tendering of the route, and duly replaced the RWs and Metrobuses. Monday to Saturday operation was taken over by Leyland Olympians transferred from London Buslines (which CentreWest had acquired the previous year), and Sunday operation by Marshall Capital-bodied Dennis Dart SLFs. At the same time, the Alperton allocation was withdrawn.
On 25 May 2002, route E1 returned to double-deck operation with Plaxton President bodied Dennis Trident 2s, after First London again retained the route upon it being re-tendered. In May 2009, First London retained route E1 introducing new Alexander Dennis Enviro400s.
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- "DMS". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- "Renault RW". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- Wharmby, Matthew, The London Metrobus (Ian Allan Publishing, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7110-3377-1
- "London Buslines Leyland Olympians". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
- First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
- Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
- "Route E1 - award announced 11 October 2013". Transport for London. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 25 December 2013
- Media related to London Buses route E1 at Wikimedia Commons
- London Bus Routes gallery
- Full Timetable