London Buses route E6
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|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|
Willow Tree Lane
|Length||8 miles (13 km)|
|Journey time||35-52 minutes|
|Operates||04:30 until 01:25|
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Mainly replacing withdrawn route 274, it originally ran Mondays to Saturdays from Hayes and Harlington station to Greenford Red Lion via the Willow Tree Estate and Ferrymead Gardens,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. 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 On the same date, route E6's extension to Greenford station was withdrawn.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.
Upon being re-tendered, on 26 May 2007 route E6 passed to Metroline's Perivale West garage. 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.
- Greenford station
- Greenford Broadway
- Willow Tree Lane Estate Tesco
- Hayes Grapes
- Hayes & Harlington station
- Bulls Bridge Tesco
- "Central Area Routes 270-276". "E" Plates. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "Route E6". London Bus Routes. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Interim Results Telling-Golden Miller 29 September 2004
- National Express Group purchases the London Bus Division of Tellings Golden Miller National Express 1 June 2005
- Bus tender results Route E6 Transport for London 15 December 2006