London Buses route E1

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Abellio London West 2445 on Route E1, Greenford Broadway.jpg
Abellio London Alexander Dennis Enviro400H at Greenford Broadway in May 2014
Operator Abellio London
Garage Hayes (WS)
Vehicle Alexander Dennis Enviro400H 10.2m
Peak vehicle requirement 7
Night-time No night service
Start Greenford
Via Drayton Green station
End Ealing Broadway station
Length 3 miles (5 km)
Level Daily
Frequency 10-15 minutes
Journey time 16-24 minutes
Operates 04:32 until 01:42

London Buses route E1 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Greenford and Ealing Broadway station, it is operated by Abellio London.


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.[1]

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,[2] 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.[3]

Hanwell garage closed on 27 March 1993,[4] following which the RWs transferred to the new Greenford garage (G), while the MCW Metrobuses moved to Alperton (ON).

CentreWest was privatised in a management buyout in September 1994,[4] 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),[5] 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 At the same time, the Alperton allocation was withdrawn.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.

On 22 June 2013, route E1 was included in the sale of First London's Greenford (G) garage to Metroline.[6][7]

On 31 May 2014, Abellio London commenced operating route E1 with new Alexander Dennis Enviro400Hs.[8][9]

Current route[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Route E1". London Bus Routes. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "DMS". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Renault RW". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Wharmby, Matthew, The London Metrobus (Ian Allan Publishing, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7110-3377-1
  5. ^ "London Buslines Leyland Olympians". Ian's Bus Stop. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  6. ^ First quits London bus business Bus & Coach Professional 9 April 2013
  7. ^ Date set for Aussie takeover of London bus routes Australasian Bus & Coach 14 June 2013
  8. ^ "Route E1 - award announced 11 October 2013". Transport for London. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Tender News BusTalk (Go-Ahead London) issue 25 December 2013

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