New route for Ensignbus running day

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A new fourth route taking in two local museums is just one of the attractions at this year’s Ensignbus Running Day on Saturday 4 December. The X54 will connect the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex with the Purfleet Heritage and Military Centre and RAF Hornchurch Heritage Centre.

“These are two excellent museums and not so well-known,” said Ensign’s Steve Newman. “We are delighted to support them especially with the problems Covid-19 has brought to museums. We have done a lot this year getting buses that have been laid up ready for the event.”

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It’s hoped to have some 25 vehicles on a network of services including the 1932 former Jersey Leyland Titan in service on the day along with other vehicles from the Ensign fleet, guest vehicles and even a surprise or two.

Other routes are the X21 Upminster to Brentford, X55 Upminster-Lakeside-Bluewater-Gravesend, and the X81 Shenfield-Brentwood-Lakeside-Grays-Tilbury Ferry.

Adult day tickets are available on the buses, not in advance, for £10, or £2 for children. Services will operate at approximately 30 minute intervals.

Ensign is hoping to use its 1932 new to Jersey Motor Transport Leyland Titan, seen here with Duple-bodied 1938 Bedford TB EYE 599 which was new to Underwood of Orsett. ENSIGNBUS/JOHN G LIDSTONE