History Of AN121
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AN121 was delivered to new London Country Bus Services Limited on 18th April 1974 and allocated to the following depots:

May 1974    East Grinstead (EG)

Jan 1982    Reigate (RG) - East Grinstead Depot closed

Jun 1982    Harlow (HA)

In September 1986, deregulation of the NATIONAL Bus Company took place and Companies were split into smaller units ready for sale.  London Country Bus Services Limited, was the largest NATIONAL Bus Company subsidiary and was split into 4 separate Companies:  London Country North West, London Country North East, London Country South West and Kentish Bus (South East).   London Country North East had its Head Office in Caxton Hill, Hertford which was responsible for Depots based in Grays, Harlow, Hatfield, St Albans and Stevenage.  There was also a Depot approximately 10 minutes walk from Caxton Hill in Fairfax Road, Hertford.

Jan 1987    Grays (GY)

Aug 1987    Stevenage (SV) - Loan only

Sep 1987    Grays (GY)

Sep 1988    Training Duties at Grays (GY)

Oct 1988    Training Duties at St Albans (SA)

London Country North East experienced major difficulties which resulted in a strike which lasted 10 days in January 1988.  Drivers returned to work on 9th February 1988.  In fact, LCNE was the last of the former NATIONAL Bus Company subsidiaries to be sold.  Finally, the Company gained TWO owners, Parkdale Holdings, which was responsible for the Properties and the Alan Stephenson Group, responsible for Operations.  The Group wanted to rid itself of "London Country" as quickly as possible and on 1st January 1989, LCNE was split in half and became County Bus & Coach Company Limited, with Depots at Harlow, Hertford and Grays (Head Office at Harlow).  Sovereign Bus & Coach Company Limited was responsible for the remaining three Depots at Hatfield, St Albans and Stevenage.

Jan 1989    Training Duties at Stevenage (SV)

Mar 1989    Withdrawn and sold to Chris Wall for preservation

 

AN121 had two major overhauls.  These took place in July 1981 and in May 1984.

 

The vehicle's seats were last re-upholstered in June 1982.

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