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BrightBus bus 6050 (C50 HNF) 1986 Hong Kong tri-axle (KMB 3BL149, DJ 3052), North Anston depot, 26 May 2011.jpg
Alexander RH bodied Leyland Olympian in May 2011
Parent Michael Strafford
Founded May 1998
Headquarters North Anston
Service area South Yorkshire
Service type Bus services
Depots 2
Fleet 73 (May 2015)

M A S Special Engineering Limited,[1] trading as MASS Brightbus[2] or simply BrightBus, is a bus operator in South Yorkshire.


BrightBus was founded in May 1998 by Michael Strafford as an engineering business, performing contract maintenance for other operators. It also specialised in the conversion of buses for non-passenger use. It then diversified into the operation of school bus services.[3]

Former operations[edit]

Between 2001 and 2005, Brightbus, then known as Mass Transit, had a substantial presence in Lincolnshire, following the acquisition of the bus operations of Applebys Coaches, Reliance Travel of Great Gonerby and the Grantham depot of RoadCar. The Grantham operation failed under Mass ownership and was sold to Centrebus, and the Lincoln area operations to Dunn-Line in 2005.

In 2004 the company also purchased the long established Leon Motors of Finningley that was formed in 1922 and operated buses in Doncaster. By 2008 the company's stage-carriage work passed to First South Yorkshire and the remaining operations were integrated into the main BrightBus depot at North Anston.


As at May 2015, BrightBus operated a fleet of 73 buses, primarily English built double deckers repatriated from Hong Kong.[4]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3550779 MAS Special Engineering Limited
  2. ^ VOSA Company Information
  3. ^ History Brightbus
  4. ^ Brightbus Sheffield Omnibus Enthusiast Society

External links[edit]

Media related to BrightBus at Wikimedia Commons