The Good (Part 1) ...
Today, Ensignbus retains a small bus service network centred on Grays station and Lakeside Shopping Centre. It also regularly provides buses for rail replacement services to train operators including Abellio Greater Anglia, c2c, Southeastern, and Transport for London.
Ensignbus also operates a dealership selling used buses from several major UK and Irish companies. In 2016, it became a dealer for BCI products, starting with the BCI Enterprise high capacity integral double-decker.
The company acts as a partner to Vantage Power, a firm developing technology to retrofit existing buses with diesel-electric hybrid engines.
Ensignbus maintains a fleet of heritage buses with AEC Regent III, AEC Routemaster, Daimler Fleetline, Leyland Titan, MCW Metrobus, and Scania Metropolitans represented.
As well as being available for charter, Ensignbus operate these at an annual running day on the first Saturday in December each year.
The company was founded in 1972 by Peter Newman ...
... who remains as chairman with the two "boys" as directors.
It used to own the London Pride sightseeing company and developed the global City Sightseeing brand before selling on the open top businesses.
fbb will return to the March issue later, but, for the time being, will review the booklet dated from 29th August 2020.
... and the X80 (DARK BLUE) back to Kent via the Dartford Bridge (a k a Queen Elizabeth II Bridge).
... with views very spectacular ...DARK PURPLE) from Grays to Chafford Hundred Station seems simple enough to follow ...
.... not the most beautiful of surroundings! The actual route looks something like this ...
But the wrong shaped gear knob does not detract too much from the snazzy limo and, for those that are local to the Grays area, the booklet is of very high quality.
But fbb loves a challenge; so for his timetabular satisfaction, the old codger will attempt to unravel the rest of Ensign's services, using map, timetables, fare tables (you get fares on-line but not in the book) and without the use of a safety net.
Chadwell St Mary looks fun!
Readers will remember that, earlier this year, (and BC) Go Ahead Oxford Bus announced a new AirLink service between High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport.
The Oxford Bus Company has announced a new Airline service, the X50, providing improved connectivity between Heathrow Airport and major towns.
The new luxury coach service will provide additional links to Heathrow for workers and passengers in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.
Launching on Sunday, March 29, the X50 service will primarily connect High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Heathrow.
It also provides rail-air links to Heathrow from towns on the Chiltern Line, including Bicester and Banbury.
Only it didn't. Due to the Virus, it never started.
But, as they say, IT IS ALL ON LINE! The timetable is there ...
Unfortunately, due to the current conditions related to COVID-19, the launch of the X50 airline service between High Wycombe, Maidenhead and Heathrow Airport will be delayed until 31st August 2020 or until coach services can return to operating as normal. Further updates will be posted on our website as soon as possible. We remain very committed to the X50 project and are looking forward to beginning the service when conditions return to normal.
So is the X50 running or not? Did it start on 31st August?
"Not" seems more likely - but it isn't really clear.
If nothing else, the August date should be removed IF it hasn't started. Has anyone tried to catch it for the last month and a bit?
Tomorrow, more Good from Ensign and a bit of "Ugly" from Northampton.
More Timetable Book blog : Friday 9th October