Nostalgic City Coach livery from Ensign

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Ensign Bus have repainted an Alexander-bodied Dart in the livery of the old City Coach Company
Ensign Bus have repainted an Alexander-bodied Dart in the livery of the old City Coach Company

Ensign Bus has decided to commemorate the brown and ivory City Coach Company buses from Brentwood’s roads, 60 years after they were last seen in the town, by repainting one of its vehicles.

For more than two decades the famous buses of the City Coach Company plied their trade in Brentwood and much of west Essex.

Paul Dickson, Customer Services Manager of Ensign, explained: “60 years ago, the City Coach Company sold out to Westcliff-on-Sea Motor Services Ltd, which itself was a subsidiary of the British Transport Commission.

“City operated a major service from North London to Southend which ran via Romford, Brentwood, Shenfield, Billericay and Wickford.

“In addition, they were the principal operator of bus services in the Brentwood area and were highly regarded by the residents.

“To commemorate the event 60 years ago, we have repainted one of our 81 buses, which operate between Brentwood and Hutton via Shenfield, into the traditional City livery.

“And as it will traverse roads served by the original company, maybe it will evoke memories among some of the older residents. We hope so.”