London Transport
Green Line Coach Route 716 & 716A


Last updated 21-12-09.

Route 716 was introduced in 1946 as part of the post-war re-instatement of the coach services, replacing the west leg of the C1 and north half of the K1 services. It ran from Chertsey to Hitchin via Addlestone, Weybridge, Walton, East Molesey, Hampton Court, Kingston, Ham, Richmond, Barnes, Hammersmith, Kensington, Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Baker Street, Finchley Road, Golders Green, North Finchley, Barnet, Potters Bar, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Knebworth and Stevenage. Operated throughout most of the 1950s and the early 1960s by the famous RF-class coaches, conversion to RMC (Routemaster) coaches came in 1963, although the service reverted to one-man-operated single-deckers in 1972. The 716 struggled on until 1976 when it was merged with the 716A, and the southern terminus switched to Woking. In 1978 it was withdrawn north of Oxford Circus, with the southern section not surviving much longer.

716
716 SUNDAY
Laurie Akehurst writes: “This particular plate was displayed at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. From 15 October 1972 [route 716] coaches were diverted to call there on Sunday-only when bus services were not as frequent as they were on Monday to Saturday”.
716-716A
This plate probably came from a stop in Central London where space was at a premium on the stop flags.
716
HEADSTOPThis rather poor excuse for an “E” plate comes from the “make-do” era of London Country Bus Services. Vinyl stick-on numbers were affixed to the back of a HEAD STOP plate.
GREEN LINE 716
280 MON-SATThis plate is made with a vinyl sitcker, possibly put on during privatisation, on the reverse of a route 280 “E” plate.

N O R T H B O U N D
716 WELWYN GARDEN CITY STEVENAGE HITCHIN
This type of plate is particularly sought after as it has four lines of text which is quite rare. The white colour for the lettering suggests that this is a newer “E” plate, from the ’70s.
716 HITCHIN VIA LONDON
716 HITCHIN VIA STEVENAGE
The cream lettering and the use of the word VIA and the lack of a “teardrop” inside the figure 6 indicate that this is an older plate.
716 HITCHIN
This “E” plate is from a stop between Stevenage and Hitchin and dates from the late 1960s.
716 HITCHIN
Note the non-standard numeral 6 on this “E” plate.

S O U T H B O U N D
716 WELWYN GARDEN CITY MARBLE ARCH CHERTSEY
This “E” plate came from a stop near the start of the route and dates from about 1960. The reverse of the plate is unusual in that it is plain cream.
716 LONDON CHERTSEY
716 KINGSTON HAMPTON COURT CHERTSEY
716 MARBLE ARCH KINGSTON WOKING
This plate was obviously altered from 716A to 716 at the time when the two were amalgamated, to save the expense of making a new plate. Unfortunately, the change was rather inexpertly done. (And where exactly is the “Marble Arc”?)

Route 716A began running in October 1955 from Woking to Stevenage via Addlestone and Weybridge, then the same roads as the the 716 to Hatfield and Stanborough, where it branched off to run to Welwyn via Lemsford and Ayot instead of Welwyn Garden City. The 716A disappeared in May 1976, absorbed into the the 716, and there is virtually no trace of it left now, like so many of the traditional Green Line coach routes.

716A
1935 Service C fare table
◀ A July 1935 fare table for Green Line Route “C” (Chertsey–Sevenoaks & Tunbridge Wells). It is 19.5" × 7.5", with print code 35 - 2390. 200. B.P. -8279, suggesting that this is one of 200 copies. The west half of the “C” services were the pre-War predecessors of the 716 group: C1 to Chertsey and C2 to Woking.

N O R T H B O U N D
716A STEVENAGE VIA LONDON
716A HYDE PARK CORNER HATFIELD STEVENAGE
The sole example of an “E” plate with this wording was at Hampton Court (Bushy Gate).
716A MARBLE ARCH WELWYN STEVENAGE
MARBLE ARCH was generally used rather than HYDE PARK CORNER because it would fit onto one line.
716A HATFIELD WELWYN STEVENAGE
The numbers are spaced out more than usual on this “E” plate.
716A HATFIELD WELWYN STEVENAGE
716A STEVENAGE VIA HATFIELD
Another “E” plate with cream lettering and the word VIA.
716A STEVENAGE VIA HATFIELD
The numbers are of a slightly different style—and the lettering somewhat condensed—on this “E” plate, compared to the older version with cream lettering.
716A STEVENAGE
716A STEVENAGE
A newer example of the previous “E” plate, with white lettering.

S O U T H B O U N D
716A LONDON WOKING
716A WOKING VIA MARBLE ARCH
716A MARBLE ARCH KINGSTON WOKING
Eliminating the word VIA allowed for an extra destination. This example is (or was) very common and was posted on stops all the way from Welwyn Garden City to North Finchley. Unfortunately this particular plate is damaged by a couple of stone chips.
716A MARBLE ARCH KINGSTON WOKING
716A WOKING VIA KINGSTON
The use of the word VIA on an “E” plate with white lettering is unusual.
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