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Imperial Buses is a small bus company located in Romford, Essex who operate public transport services and private hire in Essex, Greater London and Thurrock.


They mostly operate school buses and rail replacement services but also operate some bus routes around Essex. They have a private hire business, with vintage Routemasters and RTs. The vintage buses are seen at bus rallies, on television advertisements and on special days usually around Christmas on their H1 route.

Imperial Bus Company, purchased Travel with Hunny during September 2007, however the two companies divided again in January 2008. Both companies are now separate, and are in no way connected.

In September 2008, the company took over the Brentwood and Stondon Massey/Blackmore local services 71, 72 and 261 previously operated by Clintona Minicoaches.

In September 2010, Imperial introduced commercial route 339 between Blackmore and Warley via Ongar and Brentwood, operating every hour on Mondays to Fridays in competition with Arriva Shires & Essex route 501. This is Imperial's first commercial operation since the H1 was withdrawn. Due to low patronage, the 339 was withdrawn on 13 December 2010.
From 4 April 2011, Imperial started operating Thurrock Council contract route 11, from Purfleet Station to Chadwell St Mary via Aveley and Orsett. Previously, the route had operated from Purfleet to Basildon and was operated by Clintona Minicoaches, and before that it was operated by Blue Triangle.

Reported 02/11/11 by many good sources (drivers) Imperial bus company have sold/transferred the local Brentwood service routes(71/72,261,268,269) to Regal busways of chelmsford from the 27th November 2011 .

However they will continue to run the route 11, School routes and private hires as usual

Route Number Route Notes
11 Purfleet Station to Basildon Bus Station via Aveley, Orsett Mon-Sat. Thurrock Council contract.
28 Lambourne End Manor Road to Loughton via Stapleford Abbotts, Abridge School service. Essex CC contract.
62 North Weald High Road to Loughton via Epping, Theydon Bois School service. Essex CC contract.
116 Abridge Village Hall to Loughton via Debden School service. Essex CC contract.


Imperial Buses also operate many school buses across Essex and Thurrock, as well as being a frequent contributor to local rail replacement services.

Previous routesEdit

Template:Cleanup Many routes, mostly Essex County Council contracts, were previously operated by Imperial Buses.

  • One of Imperial's first routes was the 100 which began on the 7th December 2000, operating between Loughton and Buckhurst Hill via Debden. The route started from Loughton Station, then through the High Road up to Homebase and Debden Estate, before serving Debden Broadway then operating along Oakwood Hill and Valley Hill/Loughton Way until its terminus at Buckhurst Hill Station. The route was apparently operated by Scania Metropolitan buses. The route only lasted a few months, and it is not known when it stopped operating.
  • They operated Essex County Council contracted route 46 (Ongar to Chelmsford), until 28 August 2005 when Arriva Shires & Essex took over. First Essex now operate the route.
  • Another route in Tilbury was contract route 73 between Aveley and Lakeside shopping centre. They stopped operating this route on the 30th March 2007.
  • From the 19th December 2009, route H1 was withdrawn. This was probably Imperial's most well known route, and has operated since September 2001 (when Arriva route 502 was withdrawn which operated between Romford and Harlow). Regal Busways new Saturday service H1 (Essex CC contract) and Travel with Hunny's route 55 replaced the route.[1] The 55 has since been replaced by route 555, and the current Saturday service of the H1 is under consideration to be withdrawn.
  • From the 27th November 2011 Essex bus routes 71/72 (Stondon Massey to Warley via Brentwood), 261 (Blackmore to Brentwood via Doddinghurst) and the 268/269 (Blackmore/Brentwood to Thurrock College/Grays via Ockendon) will be passed to Regal Busways of Chelmsford, Imperial will continue to run Essex bus route 11 (Purfleet station to Chadwell St Mary) and School contracts and Private hire work


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