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The circumstances under which Surrey-based coach company Tellings-Golden Miller became part of the British Bus group are complicated (in other words, I’m not totally clear on them), but having got it, British Bus used it to run a low-cost operation to run LRT routes 116 and 117 from August 1991. The venture wasn’t entirely successful and in January 1992 the operation was taken over by London Country South West, but for a while the vehicles continued to run in TGM Buses livery. This introduced yet another fleet number sequence into the London & Country group, as the vehicles were numbered in the Midland Fox series.

 

Former United Automobile Leyland National no 3634 (SGR 134R) on route 117 in Staines bus station on 10th October 1992.

An interesting but short-lived feature of the London bus scene, Londonlinks was set up by British Bus in January 1995 to take over the London & Country operations, predominantly of LRT services, based at Croydon, Walworth, and the Kentish Bus garage at Dunton Green, and was controlled by Kentish Bus.

 

Control was transferred to London & Country in February 1996 and the Dunton Green operation was taken over by Kentish Bus in April 1996. The surviving operations were returned to London & Country (by now renamed Arriva Croydon & North Surrey) in June 1998.

 

Londonlinks No 628 (G628 BPH)

 

Former London Country South West Volvo B10M-50 / Northern Counties

 

Route 409

 

West Croydon bus station

 

1995

London Country service 406F was a race-days only service from Epsom Station to the Race Course. MBS432 is seen here at the latter.

Londonlinks 724 (F104 TML), a 1988 Volvo B10M-50 'Citybus' with Alexander 'RV' H47/26D body new to Maidstone Boroline, seen in Southampton Row, Bloomsbury on LRT tendered service 188 to Surrey Quays Station 15/2/97

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