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December 2000
Southdown Coastliner - 25th Anniversary
In 1975 Southdown started the 700 Coastliner service to connect Brighton and Portsmouth, serving Chichester and Bognor Regis.   Twenty five years later, the service remains virtually unchanged, terminating at Southsea instead of Portsmouth.   Below are some photographs recording the last 25 years.
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Southdown Park Royal/Atlantean 730 (SCD730N) at Bognor Regis bus station in July 1975.  The vehicle is lettered in livery to promote the service which had just started. Brighton & Hove used to jointly operate the service.   Their 716 (F716 LFG), an East Lancs/Scania, is seen at Chichester bus station in October 1991. The last vehicles to be delivered to Southdown before being  Stagecoached were Northern Counties/Volvos.   306 (F306MYJ) from this batch is seen at Chichester in October 1991.
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A rather ordinary Southdown ECW/VR (687 EAP987V) is seen at a damp Brighton bus station in August 1986. Stagecoach has employed standard Alexander/Olympians on the route during the 1990s.   Once such vehicle, S312CCD, is seen at Worthing Pavillion Theatre in June 2000.   Note it carries the new Coastliner logos on the front.
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