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ROUTE Number

Places Served

Days of Operation

Off Peak Frequencey

NOTES

20

Stifford Clays - Grays - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

30 mins

 

22

Grays - Lakeside - Belhus - Aveley

Daily

20 mins

Hourly on
Sundays

22A

Stifford Clays - Grays - Lakeside - Aveley (see 20 or 22)

Mon - Sat

30 mins

Evenings
Only

33

Grays - Chafford Hundred - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

30 mins

Hourly on
Saturdays

44

Grays - Purfleet - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

30 mins

Hourly on
Saturdays

66

Chadwell - Tilbury - Grays - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

30 mins

To & From
Chadwell M-F

73

Tilbury - Chadwell - Grays - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

20 mins

 

73C

Tilbury - Chadwell - Grays - West Thk - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

30 mins

Evenings only

73C

Tilbury - Chadwell - Grays - West Thk - Lakeside

Sundays

Hourly

 

83

Chadwell - Grays - Lakeside

Mon - Sat

20 mins

See 73C for
evening & Sun

373

Grays - Orsett - Horndon on the Hill - Stanford le Hope

Mon - Sat

Hourly

2 Hourly on
Saturdays

374

Grays - Chadwell - East Tilbury - Fobbing - Basildon

Mon - Sat

Hourly

2 Hourly on
Saturdays

X80

Chafford Hundred - Lakeside - Bluewater

Daily

Hourly

Every 30 mins
on Saturdays

X81

Hutton - Shenfield - Brentwood - Lakeside

Mon - Fri

1 JNY

 

Ensign Bus are currently Thurrock’s largest bus operator - though I don’t think this was ever the intention......Arrivas
gradual withdrawal coupled with Ensign’s willingness to provide a service have combined to accidentally create quite
a sizable local network of bus routes in the Thurrock area for Ensign Bus.

Ensign’s current routes are not the first in Thurrock - indeed they’ve been around for far longer than many people
realise.....

If you can remember all them red double deckers in that massive yard at Purfleet in the 80’s, well that was Ensign bus,
in it’s main guise as a bus dealer. The red buses were ex London DMS class buses - London Transport couldn’t get on
with them and insisted they were all sold to one bidder...all 2000 of them!! Most ‘experts’ in the bus industry
predicted Ensign wouldn’t shift them; Ensign proved them wrong, and in the process, became perhaps the most well
know bus dealer in the world - and that reputation still exists today.

Once the DMS’s had been sold off, Ensign got involved in sightseeing buses in London; something it has returned to
recently with it’s city sightseeing brand - this time however, the brand has a global aim using local operators in
franchise type arrangement, with Ensign providing the vehicles and marketing expertise. Ensign also got involved in
the London bus tender market when that started - but soon sold the operation to CityBus [of China] who renamed the
company
Capital CityBus and and painted the vehicles yellow (having previously been in the familiar blue & silver).

Ensign Bus re-entered the local bus operator scene in 1998 with the acquisition of Capital CityBus (hmm....recognise
that name?) route 324, which it extended from Lakeside to Bluewater, in Kent. Route 324 was soon followed by
another Capital route - 348 - which also got an extension to Bluewater. Routes 325 and 509 followed later on as Ensign
expanded their network. Ensign wanted to concentrate on their true calling - dealing & sightseeing - so the local
network was sold to
Town & Country buses in December 1999.

Of course the story doesn’t end there - Ensign came back to local bus work in 2004 with the X80 (Gravesend to
Chafford Hundred via Bluewater & Lakeside). The X80 was a by-product of a long term rail replacement contract that
Ensign had picked up in Kent, making use of the ‘dead’ milage to from & from it’s Purfleet base. The X80 has
proved to be a very successful operation, so Ensign decided to keep running it after the rail replacement service that
caused it’s inception had ceased.

January 2006 saw Ensign win a Thurrock council contract in the shape of route 64, later to become route 44 (Purfleet
to Grays). Following this, were two ‘commercial’ routes; 77 (Tilbury to Lakeside) and 83 (Chadwell to Lakeside)
competing directly with Arriva’s routes 377 & 383.

When Town & Country went bust in September 2006 - Ensign, along with other operators stepped in to ensure services
were maintained until Thurrock Council was able to re-tender all the contracts. Ensign made some more permanent
gains from this and was able to further develop it’s commercial network too. Arriva were feeling the pressure from
Ensign, which was starting gain a reputation much above Arriva’s and this has caused Arriva to virtually abandon all
it’s operations in the Thurrock area!

Such has been the growth....well it’s like I said at the start - Ensign Bus seem to have become Thurrock’s largest bus
operator simply by being in the right place at the right time.

Ensign Bus are also the current main contractor for all of c2cs rail replacement services on the Fenchurch Street to
Shoeburyness line, continuing the tradition of Thurrock bus companies being the main provider of rail replacement
services to c2c (previous providers being Harris Bus and Town & Country).

Will the dealer & sightseeing work cause Ensign to sell up? Only time will tell....

September 2008 saw the introduction of 10 brand new Optare Olympus low floor double deckers on routes 73, 83 and
X80 - a sign of how successful Ensign have been in developing and running these routes.

More signs of continued success came in the shape of 6 low floor double deckers introduced on route 22 from
November 2009, the buses being Dennis Tridents with Alexander bodies and were previously operated by East London
Bus Group

May 4th 2010 saw further expansion with new route 81 between Hutton & Brentwood with 1 journey each way on
Mondays to Fridays extended to Lakeside as route X81.

Route 44 was split in two from 4th October 2010 with the section between Grays and Orsett Hospital becoming route
20. The remainder of the route from Grays to Lakeside via Purfleet retains the 44 number and is set to be converted
to double deck operation.

Further major changes occurred to Ensigns local bus service network from April 2011 - click here for the details.

Ensign’s fleet lists, as at Sep 08, Nov 08 and Dec 09, as supplied by Ensign Bus, can be found by clicking here.

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Please note: there is another gallery below!!

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Ensign operated a vintage running day on 5th December 2009, over two special routes. This is the second time that Ensign have
done this (the first was in December 2008) and I believe they are hoping to make it an annual event.

**An event was indeed organised for the 4th December 2010 but it was subsequently cancelled owing to heavy snowfall**

The X80 covered the route as it used to operate on Sundays (Grays to Gravesend) and the X55 (Lakeside to Upminster). As can
be seen from the images below, it was quite a popular day!!

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