Quality Line


Quality Line

Infobox Bus transit
name = Quality Line

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image_size = 300
image_caption = An East Lancs Esteem of Quality Line at the 2007 Longcross bus rally.
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founded = 1980
Spun off from Epsom Coaches
headquarters = Epsom
locale =
service_area = Surrey and SW London, England
service_type = Mainly urban bus services
destinations = Cobham, Epsom, Kingston, and Morden
fleet =
operator =
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website = [http://www.epsomcoaches.com/ www.epsomcoaches.com]

Quality Line is the trading name of the bus division of Epsom Coaches, and operates over sixty buses throughout the south London and Surrey area, with many under contract to London Buses or Surrey County Council.

History

In the mid-1980s Epsom Coaches made the move into the bus market.

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

Since 1997, Epsom Buses have expanded into the London Bus market initially winning the tenders for routes S1 and 413 from London General. However these two routes were soon to be joined by other London tenders, including its service route 293 between Epsom General Hospital and Morden.

In 2003, Epsom Coaches decided to rebrand its bus division as Quality Line and repainted its vehicles from their traditional cream and brown into allover red - in order to comply with TfL (Transport for London) regulations regarding the colour of buses. However from July 2006 with the introduction of routes E15 and E16, Quality Line began to return to its roots with buses operating outside of London appearing in their traditional cream and brown livery, however since the displacement of Alexander bodied Darts from route S1, buses outside of London have been appearing in red once again.

Until May 2007 the whole fleet consisted of only single decker buses. Since May 2007 Quality Line began to take delivery of high profile Alexander Dennis Enviro400 double-deck vehicles, which began operating on routes 406 and 418 on the 30th June 2007. A number of single decker Enviro200 Darts also arrived at that time.

Garages

They have 1 garage, in Epsom.

This garage holds 65 buses, and runs London bus routes 404, 406, 418, 463, 470, S1, S3 and S4. They also run Surrey County Council (SCC) routes 408, E5, E9, E15 and E16.

Bus types in use

* Mercedes-Benz O530 Citaro
* Dennis Dart/East Lancs Myllennium
* Alexander Dennis Enviro200 Dart/East Lancs Esteem
* Optare Solo
* Alexander Dennis Enviro400

ee also

* Epsom Coaches

External links

* [http://www.epsomcoaches.com/ Epsom Coaches]
* [http://www.epsomcoaches.com/busservices.php Quality Line bus services]


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