Quality Line

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Longcross East Lancs Esteem Quality Line.jpg
East Lancs Esteem at the Longcross bus rally in April 2007
Parent RATP Group
Founded 1986
Spun off from Epsom Coaches
Headquarters Epsom
Service area South West London
Surrey
Service type Bus services
Routes 13 (London Buses)
5 (Non-London Buses)
Total: 18
Destinations Cobham
Dorking
Epsom
Kingston
Morden
Sutton
Website www.ratpdevlondon.co.uk


Quality Line' is a bus company based in Epsom and is part of bus operator RATP Dev London. Quality Line operates bus services throughout the South West London and Surrey area, with many under contract to Transport for London or Surrey County Council.

Quality Line was part of Epsom Coaches until RATP closed the coach division and Quality Line was brought under the management of London United.

History[edit]

In 1986 Epsom Coaches took advantage of the deregulation of the bus industry, and initially began operating hopper type services around the Epsom area.[1]

In 1997, Epsom Buses expanded into the London Bus market initially winning the tenders for routes S1 and 413 which were operated with Optare MetroRiders later being replaced by Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts.[1][2] Other London tenders were successfully tendered for including route 293.

In 2003, Epsom Coaches rebranded its bus division as Quality Line and repainted its vehicles from their traditional cream and brown into all over red to comply with Transport for London contractual requirements.

From July 2006 with the introduction of routes E15 and E16, Quality Line began to return to operating outside London with buses in their traditional cream and brown livery, however since the displacement of Alexander bodied Dennis Darts from route S1, buses outside London have been appearing in red once again. In late 2012 out of London buses were starting to appear in all over cream with burgundy flashes.

Until May 2007 the whole fleet consisted of only single decker buses. Since June 2007 Quality Line have operated Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double-deck vehicles on routes 406 and 418.[3] A number of single decker Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Darts were delivered at the same time.

On 20 April 2012 Epsom Coaches was taken over by the RATP Group.[1][4]

In June 2017 as part of a restructure of RATP's operations, Epsom Coaches will cease trading with the remaining operations to continue under the Quality Line brand. It will be brought under the same management as RATP's other London operations, London United and London Sovereign.[5][6]

Garage[edit]

Quality Line operates from a garage in Epsom.

Epsom (EB)[edit]

As at May 2015, Epsom garage operated London routes 404, 406, 411, 413, 418, 463, 465, 467, 470, 641, K5, S1 and S3.[7] It also operates Surrey County Council route 408, and commercial Epsom area routes E5, E9, E10 and E16.[8]

On 12 October 2012, Quality Line took over the commercial operation of Surrey County Council route 479 from Countryliner, who had gone into administration earlier in the week. On 15 October a service registration by Sunray Travel was accepted by the Traffic Commissioner, while Quality Line's was not, so it ceased operating the route on 16 October 2012.[9]

On 3 December 2016 Quality Line commenced operating 413.[10][11] On 15 April 2017 route X26 will pass to London General.[12]

Fleet[edit]

As at May 2015, 99 buses were dedicated to the Transport for London services.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c History Epsom Coaches
  2. ^ Hymans, Michael (2016). British Coaching. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 9781445661803. 
  3. ^ Wharmby, Matthew (2016). The London Enviro400. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books. pp. 72–76. ISBN 9781473862319. 
  4. ^ RATP buys Epsom Coaches Bus & Coach Professional 20 April 2012
  5. ^ The end of Epsom Coaches operation Coach & Bus Week 5 April 2017
  6. ^ Epsom Coaches to close in three months time Route One 5 April 2017
  7. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 
  8. ^ Times & Routes Epsom Coaches
  9. ^ Notices and Proceedings The Traffic Commissioner for the South Eastern and Metropolitan Area 26 October 2012
  10. ^ Quality Line goes for Citaro K for TfL tender Route One 13 July 2016
  11. ^ State of the art bus proves a hit with passengers Epsom Coaches 8 February 2017
  12. ^ Gains for Abellio and Sullivan buses in London tenders Coach & Bus Week 1 November 2016
  13. ^ Carr, Ken (May 2015). The London Bus Guide (5 ed.). Boreham: Visions International Entertainment. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-9931735-3-0. 

External links[edit]

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