Company History

A brief look at the company's history from the early 1900's

Pre-war years - The company can be traced back to 1911 with the formation of the The East Surrey Bus Company based in Reigate, Surrey. This later bacame part of the London General Omnibus Company, known today as London Transport.

1930 AEC T Type
1933 - Green Line operated as a subsiduary, operating coaches in the home counties and London, such as the Guildford to Charring Cross. The success of this route led to the opening of the Guildford bus garage.

WWII - Most buses and coaches were suspended from normal operation and were assigned special duties with defence and medical operations.

Post-war - Green Line continued to operate from Reigate in Surrey. The company was involved in the Festival of 1951.

1970 Nationalisation - Green Line eventually lost its link to London Transport and it was reformed to become part of London Country Bus Services Ltd, a subisduary of the National Bus Company.

1987 - The south west region of London Country Bus Services was renamed London Country South West Ltd and sold to Drawlane Holdings (later British Bus). This later came under the ownership of the Arriva group.

1992 - Green Line's private hire department was renamed "Countryliner"

1996 - London & Country Ltd, bought Blue Saloon coaches of Guildford. An established bus and coach operator in the area.

1998 - The company was sold off as "Countryliner Coach Hire Ltd" being incorporated in February of that year.

2001 - The company commenced bus operations and now operate bus, contract hire and private coach hire, based in Guildford, Surrey. A new livery was adopted with a buttermilk or white (depending on whether it is bus or coach respectively) background, a 'lime' green skirt supported by a thin red stripe around the vehicle above the skirt and "Countryliner" emblazoned in forest green above this - it has been complimented by other operators and customers alike. A modern image, but having a traditional feel to it!

2001-2006 - A complete fleet renewal, with low-floor Dennis Darts making up the bus fleet and a mixture of Mercedes Benz and Volvo making up the coach fleet.

2006 - Countryliner Sussex Ltd is formed to take over the bus operation of RDH Services of Ditchling Common, near Hassocks, West Sussex. Operating in Lewes, East Sussex and Burgess Hill/Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Countryliner Buses Ltd formed and takes over the Hickstead operation of Compass Travel, also operating in the Burgess Hill/Haywards Heath area through to Brighton. The Countryliner group of companies now operate some 80 vehicles through Surrey, Hampshire and Sussex.

2007 - Countryliner takes over the operation of the Petersfield Town Services on behalf of Hampshire County Council, thus extending the operating area into the heart of Hampshire. Further to this new services have been awarded to operate between Petersfield and Chichester/Midhurst on behalf of West Sussex County Council.