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Information about the RELH/ECW coaches is broken down into topics on different pages:
   
General Information    General details, EFE models and birthdays.
Bristol/ECW drawings    Some of the original manufacture's drawings for the chassis and body.
Numbers remaining    How many of these coaches existed in each year.
Body style details    How many of each body style were made, and for who.
Pictures by Location    A breakdown of the pictures by location, where this is known.
Pictures by Date    A breakdown of the pictures by year, where this is known.
Other Bristol chassis    Details of other Bristol REs, and other Bristol/ECW products.


THE COACHES IN USE


Click on the logo above for information about todays National Express network.
A lot of the Bristol RELH/ECW coaches were used on each company's express coach services, especially as the country's motorway network was being built at the time. When the vehicles were built each company marketed it's own express services, see under each individual company for details of services, and examples of early advertising material. The only publicity for the coach network on a national basis was the 'ABC coach guide'.

Some of the companies had formed groups, such as 'Associated Motorways' and, after it's formation in 1969, the National Bus Company set about integrating most of the express services to form a common network. By 1974 this had produced a UK wide timetable and the introduction of the National Express livery. As an example, the following is a list of the National Express services that each company was running, in the winter of 1974/1975. There is of course no guarantee that the RELHs were ever used on these services.

At this time 'Associated Motorways' was still in existence and all services that were run as Associated Motorways are shown below, however this will include services that were provided by some of the members that did not have any of these coaches.



Bristol Omnibus (Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 600/601/602 Weston super Mare - Bristol - Swindon - Reading - London
    
Crosville Motor Services(Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 For details of Crosville's express services, see the details for AFM103G.
    
Eastern Counties(Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 081 London - Ipswich - Felixstowe
 082/083/181 London - Bury St Edmunds - Great Yarmouth
 095/097/098 London - Cambridge - Norwich
 185 London - Hemsby
    
Eastern National/Tillings Travel 
 084/184 London - Colchester - Walton on the Naze
 112 Southend on Sea - Luton - Birmingham - Liverpool
    
Lincolnshire(Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 460/462/466/470Grimsby/Boston - Lincoln - London
 480Nottingham - Skegness
    
Midland General 
 554 Alfreton - Derby - Northampton - London
    
Oxford - South Midland 
   London - Oxford - Worcester
    
Red and White(All of Red and White's year-round services were operated as part of Associated Motorways)
   South Wales - Blackpool (Summer only)
    
United Automobile 
 201-209 Ashington - Newcastle upon Tyne - Sunderland - Darlington - London
 313 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Birmingham - Coventry
 319 Newcastle upon Tyne - Durham - Scarborough
 320 Ashington - Newcastle upon Tyne - Bridlington
 350/352 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Lowestoft/Clacton
 395 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Hanley
 398 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Liverpool
    
United Counties(Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 550/555 Nottingham - Leicester - London
 551/552 Corby - Daventry - Northampton
 554 Alfreton - Derby - Leicester - Northampton - London
 556 Northampton - Luton - London
   Rushden - London
    
West Yorkshire 
 210 Keighley - Leeds - Nottingham - Birmingham
 216 Hull - Nottingham - Birmingham - Cheltenham
 217 Barnsley - Blackburn - Preston - Blackpool
 223 York - Bradford - Leeds - Barnsley - Sheffield - Cheltenham
 281/282/286 Leeds - Bradford - Preston - Blackpool - Fleetwood
 288 Leeds - Bradford - Skipton - Morecambe
 293 Leeds - Bradford - Wigan - Southport
 296-298 Harrogate/Doncaster - Huddersfield - Preston - Blackpool
 300 Bradford - Leeds - Sheffield - Luton
 301-303 London - Sheffield - Leeds - Bradford/Harrogate/Halifax
 304/305 London - Sheffield - Hull/Rotherham
 306/311 Bradford - Leeds - Sheffield - London
 308 Keighley - Bradford - Wakefield - London
 313 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Birmingham - Coventry
 395 Newcastle upon Tyne - Leeds - Hanley
 397 Leeds - Huddersfield - Manchester - Liverpool
 399 Middlesborough - Leeds
    
Western National (Royal Blue)(Also formed part of Associated Motorways)
 026 Margate - Brighton - Portsmouth - Bournemouth
 027 Totnes - Exeter - Southampton
 700/701 London - Southampton - Bournemouth
 704/705/706 Plymouth - Exeter - Bristol - London
 709 Exeter - Truro - Penzance
 725/727 Bournemouth - Exeter - Ilfracombe/Plymouth
 737 Hitchin - Salisbury - Exeter
 744 Exeter - St. Austell
 745 Plymouth - Perranporth
 748 Bournemouth - Weymouth - Exmouth
 769 Hitchin - Southampton - Bournemouth
    
Associated Motorways 
 183 Ipswich - Oxford - Cheltenham
 400/401/406 Birmingham - Bristol/Weston super Mare/Minehead
 402 Birmingham - Monmouth - Cardiff
 414 Cheltenham - Great Malvern - Wolverhampton
 428/429 Leicester - Coventry - Barry Island/Minehead
 440 Great Malvern - Worcester - London
 605 Cardiff - Swansea - Milford Haven
 610/611 Southend on Sea - London - Oxford - Cheltenham
 612 Gloucester - Stroud - Swindon
 616 Treherbert - Monmouth - Birmingham - Nottingham - Mansfield
 620/621 Cheltenham - Cardiff - Swansea - Llanelli
 622 Cardiff - Barry
 616 Mansfield - Monmouth - Llanelli
 630/640 Cheltenham - Hereford - Brecon - Pembroke Dock/Aberystwyth
 650/651 Cheltenham - Birmingham - Derby - Heanor/Tamworth
 660/670 Cheltenham - Newark - Lincoln - Grimsby/Scunthorpe
 681/690 Cheltenham - Kettering - Peterborough/Norwich
 715/716 Swansea/Cheltenham - Minehead
 730 Cheltenham - Bristol - Exeter - Paignton
 736 Cardiff - Bristol - Taunton - Exeter
 746 Northampton - Oxford - Bath - Exeter
 750 Cheltenham - Bath - Weymouth
 759/760/761 Cheltenham - Salisbury - Bournemouth
 763/764 Bristol - Salisbury - Bournemouth
 767/768 Birmingham/Aberdare - Oxford/Bristol - Southampton - Bournemouth
 770/771/772/774 Cheltenham/Treherbert/Bristol - Swindon - Portsmouth
 777/778 Birmingham/Northampton - Oxford - Portsmouth
 790 Cheltenham - Swindon - Brighton





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