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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 two operating bases:
Our main operations are worked from our South Mimms base in Hertfordshire which gives us excellent access to the M25 and M1.
We also have a base at Thorpe Park in Surrey.

Heavy engineering work is carried out at our works in North Mymms (the different spelling is 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!

Most of our vehicles are in our fleet livery of red or red and white, or in in full TfL red livery. Buses based at Thorpe Park for the 950 shuttle are in a blue livery.
We also have heritage buses in London Transport red (central) and green (country) liveries.

Use the links on the left to view our fleetlist and photos, or see the Latest page for fleet news and forthcoming events.

Page updated 15.11.16