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Sullivan Buses was formed in 1998 by its owner, Dean Sullivan, who previously worked as a manager for London Underground Ltd. One of Dean’s responsibilities with LUL was to organise railway replacement bus services. Independently of this, Dean owned three preserved ex-London buses and, with the assistance of a large bus operator, certified one of these buses for class six (PSV) use.
Amongst Sullivan Buses' first PSV jobs was work for the Docklands Light Railway and London Underground. This success encouraged the company to purchase its first OPO double decker in 1998. This bus was a former London Buses Leyland Titan (T85) purchased from Leaside Buses Limited. From here work soon grew and this first bus was soon joined by T890.
In 1999 a depot was established at South Mimms Motorway Service Area in Hertfordshire. This was supplemented by the former White Rose depot in Surrey in February 2002, since replaced by a base at Thorpe Park.

Sullivan Buses has grown considerably since those early days and currently operates regular bus services in Hertfordshire and Surrey on the London boundary, as well as running Transport for London servces in North London. and is heavily involved in assisting railway companies with replacement bus services when engineering work disrupts rail travel.

With the exception of our "heritage" buses, our fleet is fully wheelchair accessible.

Modern technology
Sullivan Buses has invested in Satellite tracking and onboard CCTV.
In July 2009 GreenRoad driver monitoring technology was rolled out across the fleet.
More information is available here.

We have three operating bases:
South Mimms, Hertfordshire - our main base for our Hertfordshire and London operations.
North Mymms, Hertfordshire - currently only used for heavy engineering work.
Thorpe Park, Surrey - used for services to Thorpe Park during the season.

(The different spellings of Mi/ymms are correct!).

Sullivan Buses has often supplied buses to the BBC for shows such as Doctor Who, The Bill, Eastenders and Holby City. We supply buses for TV adverts and major feature films. Harry Potter is familiar with our vehicles, even though none of our current fleet exceeds two decks!

Vehicles used on London contracts are in standard TfL red livery. Buses based at Thorpe Park for the 950 are in a blue livery and single deckers on the 306 are in a dedicated green livery.
During the summer of 2021 a start was made in painting double deckers used on commercial services in dark green. WVL2 carries National Bus Company Leaf Green and we have heritage buses in London Transport red (central) and green (country) liveries.

Click here to see our current fleet

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