|Parent||Maidstone Borough Council|
|Service type||Bus operator|
It experienced initial rapid success, gaining and operating some of the first services to be contracted out in the Bexleyheath area of South East London. Later services reached Greenwich, Stratford and Euston station. However, the company quickly encountered problems, and on 17 February 1992 sold its London operations to Kentish Bus. Two days later, Boro'line was placed into administration.
Boro'line successfully tendered to operate several London bus routes, with the first contracts being won in 1987. In January 1988 Boro'line started its London operations with Bexley-based routes from a Bexley council site in Crayford. Another site in Greenwich later came into use for two Greenwich services working into Euston, Stratford and Lewisham. Contracts were won initially in competition with the London Buses low cost Bexleybus unit. Further routes in the area were gained after being given up by the poorly performing strike prone Bexleybus operation.
Routes awarded were operated with a mixture of purposely ordered new buses, and second hand vehicles. The large orders were in marked contrast to the piecemeal fleet replacement in Maidstone. Boro'line's bright blue livery contrasted with the traditional red of London Buses in the centre of the capital.
Additionally, while waiting for new deliveries of buses for its tenders, a motley crew of second hand buses were hired or bought to operate in the meantime, a large number being ex Ipswich Buses Leyland Atlanteans, bringing more odd bus types and liveries to London.
The vehicle batches used in London were as follows:
- Double-deck buses
- 1989 built Alexander RV-bodied Volvo Citybuses
- 1976 built Alexander AV-bodied Volvo Ailsa B55s (ex-Tayside)
- 1988 built Optare-bodied Leyland Olympians
- 1991 built Northern Counties-bodied Leyland Olympians
- 1988 built Alexander RH-bodied Scania N112
- Single-deck buses
- 1978 built Leyland Nationals (ex London Regional Transport)
- 1989 Leyland Lynxes
- 1991 built Leyland Lynxes
Upon sale of the London operations, all vehicles purchased specifically for London contracts passed to Kentish Bus. Some of the second hand vehicles used were moved to Maidstone. Ironically some of the London Lynxes later found their way into Maidstone & District colours and then passed into Arriva Southern Counties Kent and Sussex division.
- Maidstone Municipal Corporation Southbus
- Boro'line Breaks New Ground Commercial Motor 4 February 1988 page 40
- Countrybus website Boro'line Leyland Lynx page
- London Bus Routes website Route 188 history
- London Bus Routes website Route 422 history
- Countrybus website Boro'line Leyland Olympian page
- Boro'line London Southbus
- Talks continue on Maidstone sale Commercial Motor 27 February 1992 page 18