Imperial Buses

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Imperial Buses
Imperial Bus logo.png
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Parent Michael Biddell
Founded 1998
Defunct August 2014
Headquarters Romford
Service area Essex
Greater London
Service type Bus services

Imperial Buses[1] was a bus operating company located in Romford, Greater London. The company operated public transport services and private hire in Essex, Greater London and Thurrock. It ceased trading in August 2014.


Imperial Buses was formed in 1998.[2] It operated 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 operated 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.

Imperial Buses ceased trading in August 2014.[10]


  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
  10. ^ Notices & Proceedings Office of the Traffic Commissioner for London & South East England 15 August 2014

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