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Sullivan Buses is a bus company based in South Mimms, Hertfordshire, England. Founded in 1998, it operates local bus services in and around Hertfordshire and north London including school services, rail replacement bus services in and near London, bus links in Surrey to and from Thorpe Park and vehicle hire for television programmes.

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ParentDean Sullivan
HeadquartersSouth Mimms
Service areaNorth London
Service typeBus services
Routes28 (July 2014)
Fleet99 (June 2018)


AEC Routemaster on a London Underground replacement service at Baker Street station in May 2011

Sullivan Buses was founded in 1998 by former London Underground manager Dean Sullivan.[1][2]

Sullivan Buses operates public and school bus routes in Hertfordshire and North London. Rail replacement work, particularly on the London Underground, is also operated, in 2004 it contributed to two-thirds of the company's turnover of £3 million.[1] Sullivan Buses vehicles frequently appear in film and television broadcasts and advertisements, partially because of the company's location close to the Elstree Studios, by August 2007, 20 different buses had been used in over 30 productions.[3][4]

In January 2005, Sullivan Buses purchased Southlands Travel, Pollhill in Kent, but this operation ceased in February 2007, some of the routes passing to Griffin Bus, who operated initially from Pollhill before moving to Longfield. In May 2011 Griffin Bus also ceased operating and their routes transferred over to other operators.[citation needed]


South Mimms (SM)Edit

As at June 2018, South Mimms operated London routes 217, 298, 299, 327, 389, 399, 605, 617, 626, 628, 629, 653, 683, 688, 692, 699 and W9.[5] As at July 2014, it also operated 22 other routes either operated under contract to Hertfordshire County Council or commercially.


On 4 February 2012, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 298.[6] On 3 September 2012, Sullivan Buses commenced operating routes 628, 653, 683 and 688.[7][8] On 31 August 2013, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 626.[9] On 4 February 2017, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route W9. On 3 June 2017, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 217.[citation needed] On 2 September 2017, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 605.[citation needed] On 3 February 2018, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 299.[citation needed] On 9 June 2018, Sullivan Buses commenced operating route 327.

North MymmsEdit

Sullivan Buses operate a maintenance facility based at North Mymms providing services to all of Sullivan's fleet.[10]


Sullivan operate a small garage based in Staines to maintain their Thorpe Park fleet.[10]


The fleet initially was built up with ex Transport for London Leyland Olympians, Leyland Titans, MCW Metrobuses and Volvo Olympians. As at June 2018, the fleet consisted of 99 buses.[11]


  1. ^ a b Competition Commission - Summary of hearing with Sullivan Buses Ltd on 30 September 2004 Competition Commission
  2. ^ History Sullivan Buses
  3. ^ Brown, Peter (August 2007). "When buses must pass the screen test". Buses. Ian Allan Publishing (629): 30–32.
  4. ^ Film & Television Hire Sullivan Buses
  5. ^ "Sullivan Buses - list of routes". Sullivan Buses.
  6. ^ Bus tender results Route 298 Transport for London 23 May 2011
  7. ^ Bus tender results Route 628/688 Transport for London 12 October 2011
  8. ^ Bus tender results Route 653/683 Transport for London 12 October 2011
  9. ^ Bus tender results Route 626 Transport for London 20 December 2012
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  11. ^ Bus Fleet Sullivan Buses

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