Regal Busways

Regal Busways[1] is a bus operator based in Cooksmill Green, Essex.

Regal Busways
Regal Busways logo.PNG
Regal Busways bus (WX08 DFN), 2009 Canvey Island bus rally.jpg
Wright Meridian bodied MAN 14.240
in October 2009
SloganYour local independent bus company
ParentMcGarry family
FoundedJuly 2001
HeadquartersCooksmill Green
Service areaEssex
Service typeBus services
Routes1 (January 2018)
Fleet2 (January 2018)


Alexander bodied Dennis Dart in May 2013 in the previous cream and maroon livery

Regal Busways was incorporated in July 2001 and originally based in Newhaven, East Sussex. The company's main business was the undertaking of rail replacement work at weekends. In February 2002 a business review was undertaken and the business relocated to Essex.[2]

In April 2002 Regal Busways commenced operating services under contract to Essex County Council. (ECC)[3] Following the loss of most of its contracted work in mid-2017, it last commercial routes were withdrawn in December 2017.[4] The only route retained was an ECC contracted service in Basildon.[5][6]


As at October 2013, Regal Busways operated 62 routes.[7] By January 2018 this was down to one.[5]


The fleet livery was cream and maroon. This was replaced in 2010 by a red livery.


Regal Busways operated depots in Braintree, Cooksmill Green and Rochford.


On 16 May 2013, an Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident 2 collided with the railway bridge at Duke Street, Chelmsford, resulting in the entire upper deck roof being torn away. There were no injuries to the two passengers aboard, although the driver was treated for shock at the scene.[8][9]

Later in 2014, an Alexander ALX400 bodied Dennis Trident collided with the railway bridge at Battlesbridge, resulting in a large hole and minor injuries to a passenger.[10]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 4232441 Regal Busways Limited
  2. ^ About Us Regal Busways
  3. ^ Regal Busways Harlow Ride
  4. ^ Elderly are dealt a blow as lifeline bus company shuts The Echo 23 November 2017
  5. ^ a b Regal retreat leaves gaps in Essex provision Buses issue 755 February 2018 page 14
  6. ^ Fleet News Buses issue 756 March 2018 page 75
  7. ^ Regal Busways Traveline
  8. ^ Chelmsford bus has roof shorn off under bridge BBC News 16 May 2013
  9. ^ Bus crashes railway bridge in Chelmsford Essex Chronicle 16 May 2013
  10. ^ "Bus crashes into bridge". Echo. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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