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Green Line Coach Route 720

Last updated 3-1-10.

Route 720 ran between Aldgate and Bishop’s Stortford via Whitechapel, Bow Road, Stratford, Leytonstone, Wanstead, Woodford, Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Epping Forest, Epping, Thornwood, Potter Street, Old Harlow and Sawbridgeworth. The 720 was one of the very first routes to be introduced after the War, the other being the 715. (Before the war Green Line service “V” ran to Bishop’s Stortford from Liverpool Street.) It was worked by 10T10 class vehicles from Epping Garage and ran every 30 minutes daily. In the mid ’60s it was diverted between Harlow (Potter Street) and Old Harlow to serve the New Town and replace route 720A. In 1974 the 720 was extended from Bishop’s Stortford to Stanstead Airport.

A pre-war timetable for Route “V”.
Route 720 timetable 6 February, 1945

This timetable for route 720 is dated on and after February 6, 1946, which was the date that Green Line service was reintroduced between London (Aldgate) and Bishop’s Stortford. This was therefore the first leaflet issued for this newly-numbered route. It is a single sheet of paper, folded to give six pages 3½" × 5¼" inches, showing full timetables and boarding regulations, with the note that single journey tickets only issued. There were only 1,000 of these leaflets printed.
1969 route 720 timetable

TIMETABLE AND FARES booklet for the 720, dated STARTING SEPTEMBER, 1969.
720
720 FARE STAGE
720 VIA BUS STATION ONLY
720 BUS STATION ONLY
On this plate the hook on the number 2 is very pronounced.

N O R T H B O U N D
720 LOUGHTON EPPING BISHOP'S STORTFORD
720 EPPING HARLOW BISHOPS STORTFORD
720 EPPING HARLOW BISHOPS STORTFORD
Later “E” plates omitted the apostrophe from BISHOP’S STORTFORD. Also, note the unusual 7 on this plate.
720 HARLOW BISHOP'S STORTFORD
720 HARLOW BISHOP'S STORTFORD
720 HARLOW BUS STATION BISHOP'S STORTFORD
720 BISHOP'S STORTFORD VIA BUS STATION
720 BISHOP'S STORTFORD
Odd Bishop’s Stortford plates actually survived the route’s extension to Stanstead Airport on 4.5.1974. One was still posted at Epping (Maltings Lane) in May 1976.
720 BISHOP'S STORTFORD FARE STAGE
720 EPPING HARLOW STANSTEAD AIRPORT
720 EPPING HARLOW STANSTEAD AIRPORT
720 STANSTEAD AIRPORT VIA BUS STATION

S O U T H B O U N D
720 HARLOW EPPING ALDGATE
720 WOODFORD STRATFORD ALDGATE
720 STRATFORD ALDGATE FARE STAGE
720 ALDGATE
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