Imperial Buses

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Imperial Buses
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Parent Michael Biddell
Founded 1998
Headquarters Romford
Service area Essex
Greater London
Service type Bus services

Imperial Buses[1] is a small bus company located in Romford, Greater London. The company operates public transport services and private hire in Essex, Greater London and Thurrock.


Imperial Buses was formed in 1998.[2] It operates routes under contract to Essex County Council[3] and Thurrock Council. Routes 11 Purfleet to Basildon and 374 Grays to Basildon are operated.[4][5]

In December 2001 it commenced operating route H1 from Harlow to Loughton. In December 2009 it ceased operating route H1[6] however in 2010 the company was summoned to a public inquiry instigated by the Transport Commissioner over complaints of poor service during H1's final months.[7]

Imperial Buses also operate charter services through its London Routemaster Bus Company subsidiary.[8] This fleet consists of heritage buses including AEC Routemasters.[9] The fleet livery closely resembles that of the former London Country.

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  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3487056 Imperial Bus Company Limited
  2. ^ Welcome to the Imperial Bus Company website... Imperial Buses
  3. ^ "Bus Operators". Essex County Council. 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Public Transport Timetables". Thurrock Council. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "New bus service set to start up". Thurrock Gazette. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ TWH Bus and Coach 55 service will replace Imperial Bus Company Ltd's H1 route East London & West Essex Guardian 15 December 2009
  7. ^ Tobin, Edmund (23 March 2010). "Imperial Bus Company Ltd called to inquiry by Transport Commissioner". East London and West Essex Guardian Series. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Companies House extract company no 5246677 London Routemaster Bus Co Limited
  9. ^ Buses available for hire... London Bus Routemaster Company

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