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Ensignbus[1] is a bus and coach operator and bus dealer in Purfleet.

Contents

1 History 2 Bus sales 3 Open top tour operations 4 London tendered services 5 Essex
Essex
& Kent
Kent
services 6 Today 7 Fleet 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

History[edit]

Alexander Royale Volvo Olympian
Volvo Olympian
in 2004

Marshall Capital
Marshall Capital
bodied Dennis Dart SLF
Dennis Dart SLF
on Rail replacement in April 2012

Weymann bodied AEC Regent III
AEC Regent III
at Clapton Pond
Clapton Pond
in October 2005

Ensignbus
Ensignbus
was formed in 1972 by Peter Newman, who along with his sons Ross and Steve remains involved today. Peter Newman is Chairman and Ross and Steve are Directors. Ensignbus
Ensignbus
commenced with a small number of bus contracts for the Port of London Authority
Port of London Authority
and Lesney Products and later diversified into bus sales and operating open top bus tours.[2] Bus sales[edit] The company came to prominence in the UK when London Transport decided to dispose of its unpopular and poor performing Daimler Fleetlines from 1979. Ensignbus
Ensignbus
was the only company willing to bid for all these buses as one batch, numbering over 2,000 buses, as preferred by London Transport.[2] As the vehicles arrived, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
moved to larger premises in Purfleet. While some were scrapped, Ensign sold many of these buses to operators around the country and abroad, with many ex-municipal companies and new operators requiring cheap re-inforcements for enhanced competition following the deregulation of bus services in 1986. Over 400 were sold to China Motor Bus
China Motor Bus
in Hong Kong.[2] During the London Pride Sightseeing
London Pride Sightseeing
operation Ensignbus
Ensignbus
continued selling buses in smaller numbers from a site in Rainham. With the sale of London Pride, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
moved to another site in Purfleet, and grew its sales business.[2] Ensignbus
Ensignbus
was involved in the sale of London's Routemaster buses following their withdrawal from regular use.[3] As of 2013, it was the largest used bus dealer in the UK.[4] Open top tour operations[edit] In October 1985 Ensignbus
Ensignbus
purchased the London Pride Sightseeing
London Pride Sightseeing
open top bus tour business.[5] Through links gained by selling open top buses to other operators around the world, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
expanded the concept to other cities setting up new tours. In January 1998 the open-top tour business was sold.[2] Starting in 1998 with an operation in Seville, in 1999 Ensignbus launched the City Sightseeing
City Sightseeing
global sightseeing bus brand with a worldwide franchise model, and proceeded to rapidly expand into several cities. In May 2002 City Sightseeing
City Sightseeing
bought out its main rival Guide Friday. In November 2000 Ensignbus
Ensignbus
reacquired the London Pride Sightseeing business but sold it in 2001 to The Original Tour. In June 2004, Bath Bus Company was purchased. Ensignbus
Ensignbus
transferred its City Sightseeing operations in Cardiff, Eastbourne
Eastbourne
and Windsor to become part of Bath Bus Company.[6] In February 2011, the Bath Bus Company
Bath Bus Company
business was sold to the RATP Group.[7][8] In April 2011 Ensignbus
Ensignbus
sold City Sightseeing
City Sightseeing
to Enrique Ybarra.[9] London tendered services[edit] Also as a result of deregulation, in the mid 1980s Ensignbus
Ensignbus
expanded into tendered London Buses work in East London. Starting with one or two routes, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
gained a network of routes, using several second hand vehicles and batches of new vehicles:

8 1989 built Alexander bodied Leyland Olympian
Leyland Olympian
double-deckers 5 1989 built Northern Counties bodied Leyland Olympian
Leyland Olympian
double-deckers 16 1988 built MCW Metrobus
MCW Metrobus
double-deckers[10]

In July 1989, it purchased the business of Frontrunner South East from Stagecoach East Midlands with route 248 and 252.[11] In December 1990 Ensignbus
Ensignbus
sold its London tendered bus services to Hong Kong company Citybus with the Dagenham
Dagenham
depot and 87 buses. It was rebranded as Ensign Citybus and then Capital Citybus.[12] Ensignbus
Ensignbus
briefly re-entered London tendered service[when?], taking over routes 324 and 348 from First Capital who had bought Capital Citybus. Routes 325 and 509 were later added. before once again selling its London services in December 1999, this time to Town & Country Buses.[2] Essex
Essex
& Kent
Kent
services[edit] In 2004, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
commenced operating a 12-month rail replacement contract in Kent
Kent
for South Eastern Trains
South Eastern Trains
while the Higham and Strood tunnels were closed to strengthening. To make use of the dead running from its Purfleet
Purfleet
depot, route X80 Chafford Hundred
Chafford Hundred
to Gravesend
Gravesend
via Lakeside and Bluewater Shopping Centres was introduced. It proved successful and hence was kept going after the rail contract finished. In 2006, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
commenced operating services under contract to Thurrock Council
Thurrock Council
and began operating services in Thurrock in competition with Arriva Southend.[13][14] As at October 2016, it operated 16 routes.[15] In April 2017, Ensign took over two further routes in Thurrock from Amber Coaches.[16] Today[edit]

AEC Routemaster
AEC Routemaster
in the Pride London
Pride London
Parade 2016

Today Ensignbus
Ensignbus
retains a small bus service network centred on Grays station[17] and Lakeside Shopping Centre[18] It also regularly provides buses for rail replacement services to train operators including Abellio Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern and Transport for London. Ensignbus
Ensignbus
also operates a dealership selling used buses from several major UK and Irish operators.[19] In 2016, it became a dealer for BCI products, starting with the BCI Enterprise
BCI Enterprise
high capacity integral double-decker.[20] The company acts as a partner to Vantage Power, a firm developing technology to retrofit existing buses with diesel-electric hybrid engines.[4] [21] The company won the Small Bus Operator of the Year title at the RouteOne Awards in October 2017.[22] Ensignbus
Ensignbus
maintains a fleet of heritage buses with AEC Regent III, AEC Routemaster, Daimler Fleetline, Leyland Titan, MCW Metrobus
MCW Metrobus
and Scania Metropolitans represented.[23] As well as being available for charter, Ensignbus
Ensignbus
operate these at an annual running day on the first Saturday in December each year.[24][25] Fleet[edit] Ensignbus
Ensignbus
has fleet of both single and double deck buses which are a combination of new and second-hand purchases. Fleet livery is light blue and silver. The fleet includes six hybrid electric buses delivered in 2012.[26] See also[edit]

Capital Citybus City Sightseeing London Pride Sightseeing

References[edit]

^ Companies House extract company no 2656574 Ensign Bus Company Limited ^ a b c d e f "The History of Ensignbus" (PDF). Retrieved 4 May 2013.  ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4075085.stm ^ a b https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/10153536/Vantage-Powers-hybrid-engines-find-niche.html ^ Ensign now is the pride of London Commercial Motor 19 October 1985 ^ Martin Curtis: Top draw sightseeing in Bath Bus & Coach Professional 30 August 2006 ^ Tour de France: city bus firm bought by European business Archived 18 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Bath Chronicle 2 March 2011 ^ RATP Dev announces the acquisition of the Original Tour RATP Group 11 September 2014 ^ " Ensignbus
Ensignbus
sells City Sightseeing". routeone. Retrieved 4 May 2013.  ^ Ensign increases MCW order Commercial Motor 9 June 1988 ^ EBS to buy Frontrunner Commercial Motor 6 July 1989 ^ From Hong Kong by bus Commercial Motor 10 January 1991 ^ Bus Services Ensignbus ^ "Network Ensign] Coach & Bus Week issue 1260 3 October 2016 pages 16-24 ^ Bus Services Ensignbus ^ http://www.yourthurrock.com/2017/04/04/ensign-buses-step-run-two-key-routes/ ^ "Public Transport Timetables". Thurrock Council. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013.  ^ "Getting to Intu Lakeside". Lakeside Shopping Centre. Retrieved 4 May 2013.  ^ Bus Sales Ensignbus ^ Ensignbus
Ensignbus
goes high capacity with decker deal Route One 14 June 2016 ^ https://www.theengineer.co.uk/hybrid-moves-on-the-buses/ ^ http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/business/plymouth-citybus-named-best-operator-583922 ^ Restorations Ensignbus ^ Into Autumn - the countdown to running day starts here... Ensign Vintage Buses Blogspot ^ http://www.thurrockgazette.co.uk/news/14933246.Vintage_buses_running_for_one_day_only/ ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-17498300

External links[edit]

Media related to Ensignbus
Ensignbus
at Wikimedia Commons Company website

Coordinates: 51°29′38″N 0°13′54″E / 51.49399°N 0.2317°E / 51.49399; 0.2317

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