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AECs in service - UK and Ireland

This page is intended to provide a register of where you can find, and travel on, AEC buses and coaches in service today.  You can help by sending any information you have on AECs in service.  If you like AEC buses, don't forget to add this page to your favourites and check it regularly.  Hopefully there will be new information added frequently.

The list is in two parts. Firstly a list of AECs which are with operators who run public services, including the service details so you can check the travel opportunities. Secondly a summary of AECs (mainly Routemasters) in use with smaller operators for contracts and private hire.

Contributions to this page are welcomed: email your sighting to

Last updated: 6th July 2021.

AECs in public service

Place Reg Type Notes
Cumbria
Kirkby Stephen
JTB 749
UTC 672
Regal III
Regent III
Cumbria Classic Coaches have been running 1948 Burlingham bodied Regal III JTB 749 on vintage services and on private hire jobs since 2003. The ex Bamber Bridge Motor Services Regent joined the fleet from private preservation in 2009. A Bristol Lodekka is also owned. Currently the vintage buses run only on Wednesdays in the summer, on service 572, Kirkby Stephen - Barnard Castle. Cumbria Classic are an enthusiast friendly company and welcome visits. For more information visit www.cumbriaclassiccoaches.co.uk. Updated July 2021.
Devon
Buckfastleigh
ALD 872B Routemaster The South Devon Railway Trust's Scania powered Routemaster RM1872 runs a "rail replacement service" on certain days of the year when a special timetable is in operation (usually gala days). A timetable and days of operation can be found at the SDR website. This operation remains suspended in 2021 due to Covid-19.  Updated July 2021.
East Sussex
Brighton
CUV 333C Routemaster Brighton Regency Tours use RML2333 on afternoon tea, champagne and gin tours of Brighton.
Essex
Epping-Ongar
See notes Regent III
Routemaster
Swift
Heritage buses from the London Bus Company fleet operate in conjunction with the Epping Ongar railway on weekends and certain other holidays during the year. Route 339 Epping-Ongar-Brentwood is operated by "RT" AEC Regents and a Routemaster. "RTL" Leyland PD2s also appear at times. Route 250 North Weald-Passingford Bridge is operated by "RF" AEC Regals and AEC Swift SM1. In 2021 the buses are operating only on certain days between 24th July and 24th October, and only route 339 is operating. For route details and times see http://www.eorailway.co.uk. For details of the LBC fleet see the entry for LBC below. Updated July 2021.
Hampshire
Portsmouth
793 UXA (WLT 994) Routemaster Local Haunts run RM994 on their guided tour of Portsmouth and Southsea, once a day on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (including August Bank Holiday Monday) during the Summer from June to September.  It is also available for private hire. Updated April 2019.
Hertfordshire
Knebworth
MXX 419 Regal IV RF442 is privately preserved but is also is used at Knebworth House to shuttle visitors on a 2 mile circular route, from Fort Knebworth to the house and Barns Restaurant area. It runs at weekends and bank holidays during the season, Easter through to late September. It has been performing this role for many years and was still there in September 2018, but isn't used exclusively as a Leyland Leopard coach may also be used. Updated March 2019.
London
TfL tourist route 15
RM871 outside St. Pauls Cathedral in April 2009
WLT 324
WLT 652
WLT 871
ALD 933B
ALD 941B
ALD 968B
ALM 50B
ALM 60B
ALM 71B
ALM 89B
Routemasters

This service no longer runs.

The Marshall refurbished RMs 324, 652, 871, 1933, 1941, 1968, 2050, 2060, 2071, 2089 remain with Transport for London prior to disposal.
See the special feature page on the heritage operation of routes 9 and 15. Updated July 2021.

London
Premium Tours / Harrods Tours
VLT 85
ALM 979B
CUV 348C
NML 621E
SMK 729F
Routemasters For those with a little more money to spend, Premium Tours run upmarket tours of London with Routemasters. RM85, RML2348 and RML2621 (open-top) are in a green livery for Harrods themed tours, RM1979 (open-top) runs a tour in connection with The Shard, open-top RML2729 is branded for the Haunted London tour. Two further Routemasters are owned. Updated October 2019.

London, York,
Edinburgh
Ghost Bus Tours

JSJ 746 (VLT 90)
JSJ 748 (VLT 80)
JSJ 749 (VLT 94)

KFF 367 (101 CLT)
KGJ 118A (398 CLT)
KGJ 341A (666 DYE)
CUV 203C
CUV 343C
JJD 516D
JJD 528D
JJD 596D
NML 624E

Routemasters London Necrobus run night tours branded as Ghost Bus Tours, in London, Edinburgh and York. They are run with Routemasters including RM1101, RM1398, RM1666, RML2203, RML2343, RML2516, RML2528 and RML2624 in a black livery. RML2528 was formerly with Dreadnought of Alnwick and open-top RML2203 with Ensignbus. RML2596 was previously with Classic Routemasters of Surrey. The three former Lothian Buses Mac Tours extended open top Routemasters came via Premium Tours in December 2019.
After a Covid-19 enforced break in 2020, the services are now running again on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Updated July 2021.
London
Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

JSJ 747 (VLT 84)
VLT 191
WTS 418A (WLT 909)
204 CLT
735 DYE
790 DYE
ALD 913B

JJD 404D
JJD 531D

JJD 546D
SMK 686F

Routemaster (ERM84)
Routemaster (RM191)
Routemaster (RM909)
Routemaster (RM1204)
Routemaster (RM1735)
Routemaster (RM1790)
Routemaster (RM1913)
Routemaster (RML2404)

Routemaster (RML2531)
Routemaster (RML2546)
Routemaster (RML2686)
Yet another variant of London bus tour is the Afternoon Tea tour, if you have a cool £45 to spend. It started in 2014 with RM191, which previously operated with Nippy Bus in Somerset, and joined by RM909 ex London Bus Company, RML2404 from Timebus and RML2546 which previously worked in Sunderland. RM1204, RM1735, RM1790 and RM1913 were added in 2017. RML2531 has "Chef's Bus - London Culinary Tours" branding for after dark duties. ERM84 is a former Lothian Buses Mac Tours open topper acquired from Premium Tours in December 2019. Updated May 2020.
Norfolk
Holt
CUV 151C Routemaster RM2151 runs the "Holt Flyer" between Holt Station (of the North Norfolk Railway) and Holt town centre. It is owned by Awaydays. Updated November 2019.
Northern Ireland
Belfast
JJD 560D Routemaster RML2560 is used by Allen's Tours on the Belfast City Tour on cold or rainy days. An open-top bus (not a Routemaster) is used on other days.
Scotland
Edinburgh and Glasgow
JJD 407D
JJD 549D
Routemasters Red Bus Bistro are using RML2407 and RML2549 on tea tours in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Shropshire
Shrewsbury/Ironbridge
490 CLT Routemaster RMC1490 is used by Regional Transport on their Shrewsbury and Ironbridge tours during the summer. The tour will not run in 2021 but is expected to return in 2022. Updated July 2021.
West Sussex
Horsham/Shorham
VLT 116
CUV 179C
SMK 660F
Routemaster (RM116)
Routemaster (RM2179)
Routemaster (RML2660)
Southern Transit run their three ex LT Routemasters along with open-toppers, and guest RTs/RMs from other owners on an enhanced timetable on their Horsham-Shoreham service on the late spring Bank Holiday Monday and the August Bank Holiday Monday each year. See https://www.southerntransit.co.uk/route-3/Note the service is currently suspended and it is not known if there will be a running day in 2021.  Updated July 2021.
Wiltshire
Salisbury Plain
Routemasters For one day only in August of each year, Bath Bus Company organise a Routemaster service across Salisbury plain, centred on the abandoned village of Imber, using their own RM1978 and several guest Routemasters. The 2021 event will be held on August 21st. See https://imberbus.org/2021-advance/ for details. Updated July 2021.
Ireland
Dublin

ZV 36920 (185 CLT)
60 KE 16002 (WLT 316)
67 KE 16003 (NML 623E)
61 KE 16006 (WLT 978)
66 ?? 16006 (JJD 485D)

Routemasters Dublin Cityscape were using Routemasters RM1185, RM316, RML2623, RM978 and RML2485 on a sightseeing tour of Dublin. RM1989 (ALM 989B) is owned but not in service. The last given website is now inaccessible and it is possible the service is no longer running. Updated July 2021.
Ireland
Dublin
ZV 11165 (ALM 78B) Routemaster Routemaster RM2078 is running Vintage Tea Trips tours of Dublin and Cork, and was newly decorated in 2020. Updated July 2021.
Malta MHY 001 (DBY 381)
MHY 003 (FBY 730)
MHY 017 (DBY 308)
AEC Mercury
AEC Mercury
AEC Mercury
The three AEC Mercurys are among 21 former yellow route buses that are being refurbished and operated on pre-booked tours by the Malta Bus Co-op. The tours are currently operating. Updated July 2021.

AECs in contract and private hire fleets

Operator and location Reg Type Status Date of last rep. Notes
Grant Palmer, Dunstable, Bedfordshire CUV 299C Routemaster (RML2299) in service 3/2018 For wedding and private hire
Berkshire Big Red Bus, Reading, Berkshire VLT 188
462 CLT
CUV 208C
PYM 108F
Routemaster (RM188)
Routemaster (RMC1462)
Routemaster (RM2208)
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service
in service
in service
10/2018
12/2017
7/2019
2/2017
All for wedding and private hire. RM188 and RM2208 are owned by preservationists but available for use. An open-top Leyland Atlantean is also owned.
AlphaBus, Milton Keynes, Bucks CUV 106C
SMK 700F
MXX 481
JMC 123K
Routemaster (RM2106)
Routemaster (RML2700)
Regal IV (RF504)
Reliance/Plaxton
in service
in service
in service
in service

10/2017
7/2017
10/2016
7/2018

Available for wedding and private hires. Also used at running days. RML2700 is ex Memory Lane. RF504 was bought from preservation and is painted gold. The ex Glenton Tours Reliance was bought from preservation and restored to service in 2018.
Vintage Red Bus, Cryers Hill, Bucks MLL 948
MXX 489
TAS 466 (WLT 883)
CUV 335C

JJD 368D
JJD 508D
Regal IV (RF530, RF311)
Regal IV (RF512)

Routemaster (RML883)
Routemaster (RML2335)
Routemaster (RML2368)

Routemaster (RML2508)
for sale
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire

in service - private hire
in service - private hire
6/2020
9/2020
9/2020
9/2020
9/2020
9/2020
RF512 and RML2335 have been bought from Thisbus.com. Former ThisBus.com Routemasters RML2261, RML2394, RML2408 and RML2634 are also in stock but not believed to be operational. RML2394 has been painted into a promotional livery for the fashion brand RIXO.
A1bus.co.uk, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire KVS 601
CUV 213C
VLT 238
Routemaster (RM471)
Routemaster (RM2213)
Routemaster (RM238)
sold
sold
sold
2/2019
2/2019
2/1019
The operator ceased trading and the Routemasters were sold. RM238 remains in the area and was at the Whittlesey rally in May 2019.
OK Motor Services Ltd, Babraham, Cambridgeshire EUU 117J Reliance/Plaxton in service 7/2017 For private hire use. Bought from preservation in 2016, previously with Go Goodwins.
Imperial Bus Company t/a London Routemaster Bus Company, Wisbech, Cambs
JXC 149
641 DYE
254 CLT
CUV 239C
NMY 632E
MLL 528 (MLL 589)
Regent III (RT786)
Routemaster (RM1641)
Routemaster (RMF1254)
Routemaster (RCL2239)
Routemaster (RMA49)
Regal IV (RF202)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
11/2019
8/2015
9/2018
11/2019
8/2015
8/2015
This is the former heritage fleet of Imperial Buses, Rainham, now based at  Wisbech (the OC at Outwell is just into Norfolk). An RTL Leyland Titan is also owned.
All vehicles are owned and preserved by the proprietors, but can be hired to the operating company for use as wedding and private hire vehicles as required. RT2905 (MLL 652) is also owned but not available for service.
King Harry Coaches (Falmouth Coaches), Falmouth, Cornwall AFJ 77B
KJH 230G

 
Reliance/Harrington
Reliance/Plaxton
in service (semi preserved)
in service (semi preserved)
8/2015
9/2012

For private hire use. Can also be seen working services in connections with cruise ships, alongside a Bedofrd coach.

Stagecoach North West, Cumbria CUV 286C
NML 657E
SMK 671F
Routemaster (RML2286)
Routemaster (RML2657)
Routemaster (RML2671)
stored - source of spares
reserve (Kendal)
in service (Kendal)

 

2/2018
4/2018
4/2018
RML2671 is a special events vehicle at Kendal. RML2286 is a source of spares for RML2671. RML2657 transferred from Cheltenham & Gloucester in 2018.
Midland Classic Coaches, Church Gresley, Derbyshire 798 UXA (168 CLT) Routemaster (RM1168) in service 11/2019 Used for wedding hires and tours.
South Devon Rail Road Services, Paignton, Devon ALD 872B Routemaster (RM1872) in service for private hire 11/2019 Also used on services in connection with the South Devon Railway. Acquired from the Ron Greet collection
Stagecoach Devon, Exeter, Devon JJD 451D Routemaster (RML2451) preserved/special duties 1/2019  
Route 24 Buses, Bournemouth, Dorset VLT 24 Routemaster (RM24) in service for private hire and weddings 11/2019 Still AEC engined and in original condition
Romeround, Bournemouth, Dorset CUV 186C Routemaster (RM2186) in service for private hire 9/2019  
Shaftesbury & District, Shaftesbury, Dorset 654 DYE
OLD 564
MXX 398
Routemaster (RM1654)
Regent III (RT4777)
Regal IV (RF421)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire

1/2020
11/2019
3/2019 

All in service for private hire and weddings. Also used at rallies and running days.

Ensignbus, Purfleet,
Essex
RT1499 at Epping


FXT 183
HLW 178
JXC 194
JXC 432
KGK 758
KYY 961
LLU 610
NXP 775
MXX 261
VLT 25
LDS 279A (VLT 54)
WLT 371
WLT 882
VYJ 808 (361 CLT)
477 CLT
485 CLT
513 CLT
843 DYE
CUV 226C
JJD 405D
JJD 588D
SMK 734F
NMY 634E
MLL 956

Regent III (RT8)
Regent III (RT191)
Regent III (RT1431)
Regent III (RT624)
Regent III (RT1499)
Regent III (RT3232)
Regent III (RT3251)
Regent III (RT4421)
Regent III low height (RLH61)
Routemaster (RM25)
Routemaster (RM54)
Routemaster open-top (RM371)
Routemaster (ER882)
Routemaster (RM1361)

Routemaster (RMC1477)
Routemaster (RMC1485)
Routemaster (RMC1513)
Routemaster (RM1843)
Routemaster (RCL2226)
Routemaster (RML2405)
Routemaster (RML2588)
Routemaster (RML2734)
Routemaster (RMA50)
Regal IV (RF319)

preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties
preserved/special duties

preserved/special duties
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
preserved/special duties
private hire/heritage fleet
preserved/special duties
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet
private hire/heritage fleet

12/2019
12/2018
12/2019
12/2019
1/2018
12/2019
12/2019
1/2018
4/2021
5/2019
2/2019
11/2019
8/2019
3/2019
12/2019
8/2019
12/2018
12/2019
12/2019
2/2019
7/2019
8/2019
10/2019
4/2019

Ensignbus maintain a fleet of ex London AECs in their heritage, private hire and special duties fleets. In addition to private hire and wedding duties they also appear at running days, special operating days and in exceptional situations such as London Buses service extras during tube/rail strikes (on which RT4421 was photographed in April 2014, RM1361 and RCL2226 in August 2015, RM1843 and RMLs 2405 and 2734 in January 2017).
RM1361 is privately owned and operated on loan by Ensign.
RM54 and RMA50 have low-emission LEZ compliant engines and can operate on private hires in central London. Preserved RT4599 (NLP 952, which is disguised with an open staircase to look like an older vehicle) was acquired in 2012. AEC Regal RF600 (NLE 600) is also preserved. RT3241 (KYY 970) is in stock awating preparation for service. Early Regents RT44 (FXT 219) and RT54 (FXT 229) were acquired from private preservationists in 2018.

Updated May 2021.

Layer Marney Transport, Layer Marney, Essex JJD 398D Routemaster (RML2398) wedding/private hire 6/2019  
Manchester Bus Tours, Manchester, Greater Manchester 583 CLT Routemaster (RM1583) wedding/private hire 7/2020 The company don't currently run a tour but the Routemaster is available for weddings and private hire.
RM Buses, Wigan, Greater Manchester JJD 515D
SMK 701F
Routemaster (RML2515)
Routemaster (RML2701)
preserved/special events
in service for private hire
6/2019
8/2019
RML2515 was bought from Routemaster Buses and is still based at Crewe Heritage Centre
Timebus Travel, St. Albans, Hertfordshire

MXX 223
MXX 468

OYM 453A (VLT 29)
WLT 450
WSJ 737 (WLT 479)
CUV 221C
CUV 263C
CUV 310C
JJD 389D
JJD 442D
JJD 527D
KGJ 612D
NMY 646E

Regent, ex RLH23
Regal IV, ex RF491
Routemaster (RM29)
Routemaster open-top (RM450)
Routemaster open-top (RM479)
Routemaster (RCL2221)
Routemaster (RML2263)
Routemaster (RML2310)
Routemaster (RML2389)
Routemaster (RML2442)
Routemaster (RML2527)
Routemaster (ex BEA RMA37
Routemaster (ex BEA RMA9)
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
2/2018
2/2018
11/2019
3/2019
9/2019
8/2018
5/2019
7/2019
3/2019
11/2019
9/2018
1/2020
11/2019
All in service vehicles are available for private hire. RM450 has been fitted with a wheelchair lift.
RM29 was pictured on a TfL service extra duirng a London Underground strike.

Also owned is former RLH44 last used as a uniform store, RLH32 (both preserved and rallied), RLH29 (undergoing rebuild),  and a Leyland PS1, JXC 282 (TD89).
Routemaster Hire, Welham Green, Hertfordshire JJD 374D
JJD 390D
JJD 548D
Routemaster (RML2374)
Routemaster (RML2390)
Routemaster (RML2548)
in service
in service
in service
2/2017
5/2019
1/2019
For weddings and private hire.
Sullivan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire/London 69 CLT
CUV 272C
JJD 428D

Routemaster (RM1069)
Routemaster (RML2272)
Routemaster (RML2428)

in service (LT red livery)
in service (1980s livery)
in service (Lincoln green)

9/2018
8/2019
9/2018

In the heritage fleet for promotional work and hires. A Regent (RT1107) is also owned but not in service.
Autocar, Five Oak Green, Kent 123 CLT
ALM 11B
677 DYE (WLT 752)
WLT 951
MXX 472
Routemaster (RM1123)
Routemaster (RM2011)
Routemaster open-top (RM752)
Routemaster (RM951)
Regal IV (RF495/RF592)
unlicensed, last used in 2013
unlicensed, stored since 2012
unlicensed, last used in 2016

unlicensed, last used in 2015
stored since acquisition in 2012
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019
12/2019 
Three Routemasters were used for private hire operation, but it appears to have ceased. RM951 was brought back from a Florida theme park and RF495 bought from preservation in 2012 currently with the identity of green RF592. RM752 carried the registration number EAS 543 before acquiring the registration of former RM1677. 
Old London Bus, Hawkhurst, Kent NLE 918
KYY 872

JJD 539D
Regent III (RT3028)
Regent III (RT3143)
Routemaster (RML2539)
weddding/private hire
preserved/under restoration

weddding/private hire
6/2017
6/2017
6/2017
 
Go-coach Hire, Swanley, Kent JJD 472D
SMK 699F
Routemaster (RML2472)
Routemaster (RML2699)
in service
in service
9/2019
12/2019
Also run some summer services to Knole House near Sevenoaks.
Waymour Bus Hire t/a London Retro Bus Hire, Longfield, Kent 865 UXC (WLT 385)
SMK 679F
SMK 702F
SMK 732F

AML 97H
Routemaster (RM385)
Routemaster (RML2679)
Routemaster (RML2702)
Routemaster (RML2732)

Swift (SMS97)
in service
in service
in servive
in service
in service
12/2018
7/2018
12/2019
5/2019

9/2018
Ex London Transport Swift and Routemasters for private hires and weddings. RML2702 is in cream livery. RF489 was acquired in 2015 but seems to have been sold again for preservation.
Rorkies Bus, Margate, Kent JJD 454D Routemaster (RML2454) in service for private hire 7/2018 For wedding and private hires.
Brian Jones Coaches, Gravesend, Kent 255 UXO (WLT 888)
CUV 322C
Routemaster (RML888)
Routemaster (RML2322)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
8/2019
8/2019
Acquired from Redroute Buses
The Old Red Bus Company, Rochester, Kent 214 CLT Routemaster (RML1214) in service for private hire 7/2019 Acquired from Yorkshire Heritage.
YMS, Canterbury, Kent SMK 751F Routemaster (RML2751) in service 6/2018 Wedding/private hire.
Traditional Travel, Bromley, Kent/London 87 CLT
CUV 301C
JJD 380D
JJD 414D
JJD 483D
Routemaster open-top (1087)
Routemaster (RML2301)
Routemaster (RML2380)
Routemaster (RML2143)
Routemaster (RML2834)

in service
in service
in service

in service
in service

11/2019
5/2019
7/2019
7/2019
5/2019
All available for wedding and private hire.
London Vintage Bus Hire Ltd t/a The London Bus Company
Kent/London
RT3062 at Gt. Warley village in April 2009
RMC4 at Great Warley village in August 2011
RML900 on a London Transport tube strike extra service

 

Operational fleet
JXC 77
KXW 171
KYY 527
KYY 628
KYY 957
KYY 967 (KYY 927)
LLU 670
LLU 732

LYR 854
MLL 567
MXX 289
SLT 59

VLT 298
WLT 893
WLT 897
215 UXJ (WLT 899)
WLT 900
WLT 902
159 CLT

507 CLT
ALD 966B
ALD 993B
CUV 260C
CUV 331C
NMY 631E
FPT 581C
VLW 539G
AML 1H
JPF 108K

Preserved/others
CXX 457
KGK 709
KGK 938
KGK 959
KGU 235
KGU 290
KXW 304
KXW 488
'PVA 019' (LYF 247)
LYR 969
MLL 658
MXX 269
MXX 271
NXP 778

'PVA 021' (OLD 768)
'PVA 026' (OLD 559)
OLD 587
MLL 523
MLL 722
MLL 735
MXX 25
NLE 636
NLE 643

VLT 6
VLT 111
VLT 268
WLT 646

WLT 901
9 CLT
124 CLT
516 CLT
ALD 936B

CUV 360C
NML 625E
NMY 648E
JPA 121K
JPF 113K
HKL 836
OPV 47 

 
Regent III (RT714)
Regent III (RT3062)
Regent III (RT1700)
Regent III (RT1790)
Regent III (RT3228)
Regent III (RT3238 ex RT3198)
Regent III (RT3871)
Regent III (RT3933)
Regent III open-top (RT3435)
Regal IV (RF180)
Regal IV (RF401)
Routemaster (CRL4, RMC4)
Routemaster (RM298)
Routemaster (RML893)
Routemaster (RML897)
Routemaster (RML899)
Routemaster (RML900)

Routemaster (RML902)
Routemaster open-top (1159)
Routemaster (RMC1507)
Routemaster (RM1966)
Routemaster (RM1993)
Routemaster (RCL2260)
Routemaster (RML2331)
Routemaster (RMA48)
Routemaster ("Bertie")
AEC Merlin (MBS539)
AEC Swift (SM1)
AEC Swift (SMA8)

 
Regent I (STL1470, 971J)
Regent III (RT1240)
Regent III (RT2129)
Regent III (RT2150)
Regent III (RT961)
Regent III (RT1530)
Regent III (RT1658)
Regent III (RT1389)
Regent III (RT4188)
Regent III (RT2799)
Regent III (RT2911)
Regent III (RLH69)
Regent III (RLH71)
Regent III (RT4424)
Regent III (RT4548)
Regent III (RT4772)
Regent III (RT4823)
Regal IV (RF136)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (BEA)
Regal IV (RF383)
Regal IV (RF636)
Regal IV (RF643)

Routemaster (RM6)
Routemaster (RM111)
Routemaster (RM268)
Routemaster (RM646)

Routemaster (RML901)
Routemaster (RM1009)
Routemaster (RM1124)
Routemaster (RMC1516)
Routemaster (RM1936)
Routemaster (RML2360)
Routemaster (RML2625)
Routemaster (RMA11)
Reliance/Park Royal (RP21)
Swift/Alexander (SMA13)
Regal open-top/Beadle
Regent I (ex Ipswich)

 
in service/private hire
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
private hire
in service
in service
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire

in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
in service/private hire
special duties
in service/private hire
in service/special duties
party bus
special duties
in service
special duties

 

preserved - tree lopper
parts donor - seatless
awaiting restoration
preserved
preserved
awaiting restoration
preserved
stored - possibly scrapped
awaiting restoration
stored
preserved
preserved
preserved
preserved
awaiting restoration

awaiting restoration
parts donor
preserved

awaiting restoration
awaiting restoration
preserved
preserved
preserved
acquired
stored
stored
stored
acquired
preserved
acquired
preserved
stored
exhibition bus
in reserve
preserved

preserved
under restoration

preserved
stored since 2003

 
11/2019
9/2019
11/2017
9/2018
5/2018
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017
2/2018
3/2019
6/2020
9/2018
12/2019
12/2019
11/2018
12/2019
11/2019
11/2018
6/2020
3/2019
11/2017
6/2020
2/2020
10/2018
11/2017
9/2018
9/2018
9/2018

 
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017
9/2019
9/2019
11/2017
4/2021
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017
9/2019
4/2021
4/2021
9/2019
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017

9/2019
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017

3/2019
11/2017
3/2019
11/2017
11/2017
11/2017

3/2019
11/2017
3/2019
11/2017
11/2017
3/2019
3/2019
12/2018
2/2020
11/2017
9/2018
11/2017

The company has operating centres at Northfleet and the Epping Ongar Railway. The operational RFs, RTs, RMs and SM1  operate on the Epping Ongar Railway services during the summer.

Operational double deckers (including Leyland Titan KGK 575, which looks like an RT) form the Private Hire / Wedding fleet, and occasionally run service extras on hire to Transport for London during tube and DLR strikes (on which RT1700 is pictured in August 2015 and RML900 in March 2018).

Operational and active preserved vehicles also appear at running days and rallies. They can also be seen at film set locations, often in the Blackfriars area.

Other former LT vehicles of non-AEC types are also owned, in the preserved and operational fleets.

CRL4 is the prototype Routemaster coach. RF136 is preserved in cream livery.

'PVA 019', 'PVA 021' and 'PVA 026' are three of the RTs repatriated from Abegweit (Prince Edward Island) Tours, Canada. They are currently stored unregistered and will not have those registrations in the UK. Others got their original UK registrations back.

RM6, RM901, RM1124 and RML2360 are ex Arriva London. RML2360 was pictured at the Alton rally in July 2007and RM6 at Detling in April 2018 while with Arriva London.

Updated May2021.

Catch 22 Bus, Blackpool. Lancashire
weddingbuses.co.uk
202 UXJ (WLT 887)
CUV 290C
Routemaster (RML887)
Routemaster (RML2290)
in service
in service
7/2018
10/2019
In use for Wedding Hire and Private Hire. A Chester tour was operated in 2018.
 
Arriva London, London
 
VLT 5
CUV 217C
453 CLT
464 CLT

 

Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster open-top
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
11/2019
11/2019
9/2019
7/2019
RM2217 and RMC1453/64 are in the Arriva London heritage fleet. The last standard length RM built, RM2217 ran the official "last Routemaster" journey on the 159. They often appear at rallies: RMC1453 is pictured at the Alton rally in July 2007 (it's been pained green since), RMC1464 at Detling in April 2011. RM6, RM901, RM1124 and RML2360 were sold to London Bus Company in 2019.
Business B (The Expeditional), South Woodford, London HSL 660 (WLT 981)
NML 649E
Routemaster open-top (RM891)
Routemaster (RML2649) 
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
9/2019
6/2019
 
London Central and London General (Go-Ahead London), London
 
VLT 9
WLT 516 (CUV 283C)
CUV 305C
CUV 318C
NML 604E
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster
Routemaster open-top
Routemaster
for private hire and special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
for special events
3/2020
3/2020
7/2019
8/2019
3/2020
RM9, DRM2516 (ex RML2283). RML2305, RML2604 and open-top RML2318 are in the commercial fleet for special events. WLT 516 is the former RML2283 with the platform doors and registration number from an earlier vehicle numbered DRM2516.
London United, London WLT 880 Routemaster (RML880) for private hire and special events 4/2021 The first RML, now back in red following a spell in special livery as ER880.
Metroline, London WLT 644
WLT 903
Routemaster open-top (RM644)
Routemaster (RM903)
for private hire
for special events
10/2018
11/2019
RM644 is an open-top hire vehicle. RM903 retains AEC engine and original tungsten lights and appears at rallies as well as special events
CBM Vehicle Services, Red Bus Events, Croydon, London WLT 545
WLT 898
Routemaster (RM545)
Routemaster (RML898)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
11/2019
5/2019
Also attend rallies and RM545 was pictured in August 2015 helping out on Tube strike extras. RML898 has its original AEC engine.
redroutemaster.com, Brentford, London
86 CLT
CUV 323C
JJD 366D
JJD 504D
NMY 655E
SMK 682F
SMK 683F
SMK 744F
Routemaster (RM1086)
Routemaster (RML2323)
Routemaster (RML2366)
Routemaster (RML2504)
Routemaster (RMA58)
Routemaster (RML2682)
Routemaster (RML2683)

Routemaster (RML2744)
under restoration
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
in service
stored
2/2016
8/2019
1/2019
4/2021
7/2019
11/2019
9/2019
9/2020
In service for private hire and film work. Also used during Tube/DLR strikes, on which RML2682 is pictured. RMA58 is a former BEA model that previously ran with Ensignbus. RML2323 was previously preserved in green livery.
Some Volvo B7TLs are also owned for work requiring PSVAR vehicles.
Rent A Routemaster, Ruislip, London 840 DYE
JJD 455D

MXX 8
Routemaster (RM1840)
Routemaster (RML2455)
Regal (IV (RF366)
in service
in service
in service
9/2017
10/2019
3/2019
For wedding and private hires. RF366 was acquired from preservation.
Smartguide Travel (PHBus), Wembley, London BNK 324A (568 CLT)
JJD 524D
Routemaster (RM1568)
Routemaster (RML2524)
withdrawn from service
withdrawn from service
6/2020
6/2020
RM1568 acquired from Classic Bus North West.
Both for sale on eBay in June 2020.
Peoplesbus, Liverpool, Merseyside XVS 830 (VLT 180) Routemaster (RM180) in service - private hire 6/2018 in use for weddings and private hire
Bus and Us, Melton Constable, Norfolk CUV 321C
JJD 480D
SMK 737F
Routemaster (RML2321)
Routemaster (RML2480)
Routemaster (RML2737)
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
6/2019
3/2019
9/2018
in use for weddings and private hire
Coach Services, Thetford, Norfolk JJD 401D Routemaster (RML2401) in service - private hire 6/2019 in use for weddings and private hire
A Route 2 Hire, Towcester, Northamptonshire 403 CLT
CUV 271C
SMK 674F
Routemaster (open-top)
Routemaster (RML2271)
Routemaster (RML2674)
in service
in service
in service
9/2019
11/2019
2/2020
RM1403 returned to service by its preservation owner, and RM2271/RML2674 bought from preservation to join it.
Henry Cooper Coaches, Cramlington, Northumberland MFF 580 (WLT 931)
218 CLT
562 CLT
640 DYE

 
Routemaster (RM931)
Routemaster (RM1218)
Routemaster (RM1562)
Routemaster (RM1640)
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
in service - private hire
6/2019
8/2017
5/2016
8/2017
RMs1218, 1562, 1640 acquired from TfL in 2015 after route 9H ceased operation. RM1776 (776 DYE) is owned and in dealer stock.
Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland JJD 554D Routemaster (RML2554) status unknown 6/2019 Still owned but may not be operational at present
London Bus Hire Nottingham (Blackmore Commercials), Nottingham, Nottinghamshire SSL 806 (VLT 121)
JSJ 797 (174 CLT)

ALM 33B
NML 619E
Routemaster (RM121)
Routemaster (RM1174)

Routemaster (RM2033)
Routemaster (RML2619)
in service
in service
in service
in service

9/2019
9/2020

8/2020
9/2019

all available for private and wedding hire
Tiger European, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire JJD 430D Routemaster (RML2430) in service 8/2019 Acquired from Nostalgia Travel, Oxford, in 2019.
The School Bus Company, North Hinksey, Oxon

KGJ 117A (528 CLT)

Routemaster (RM1528) status unknown 6/2019 RM1528 passed from Nostalgia Travel to parent company The School Bus Company in 2019 but is no longer advertised for hire.
Shuttle Buses, Kilwinning, Scotland TKC 833T (875 YYA, DKC 359T) Reliance/Plaxton
 
in service
 
4/2018 Re-entered service in 2016 after four years, and available for school contracts and private hires
Edinburgh Bus Tours and Lothian Motorcoaches, Lothian, Scotland
VLT 163
VLT 235
VLT 237
VLT 242
VLT 281
CUV 241C
CUC 248C
Routemaster open-top (RM163)
Routemaster open-top (RM235)
Routemaster (RM237)
Routemaster (RM242)
Routemaster (RM281)
Routemaster (RCL2241)
Routemaster (RCL2248)
unlicensed
unlicensed
unlicensed
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
unlicensed
unlicensed

7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021
7/2021

Five of the former Mac Tours open-top or part open-top Routemasters were transferred to the Lothian/EBT heritage fleet and are being refurbished. RM237/42/81 have been reroofed.
RCL2241/8 have transferred to the sister Lothian Motorcoaches fleet and are also reroofed.
A further open-topper is extended length ERM143, which is due to re-enter service soon.

The Red Bus, Lothian, Scotland WLT 737
WLT 875
353 CLT
Routemaster (RM737)
Routemaster (RM875)
Routemaster (RM1353)
in service
in service

in service
12/2019
10/2020
7/2019
For wedding and private hire in Edinburgh and Dunfermline areas.
Regional Transport, Shrewsbury, Shropshire 490 CLT Routemaster (RMC1490) in service 8/2019 For wedding and private hire, acquired from Routemaster Buses.
Bath Bus Company, Bath, Somerset ALD 978B
SMK 665F
Routemaster (RM1978)
R
outemaster (RML2665)
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
8/2019
8/2019
Sometimes used on Glastonbury shuttles. Bath Bus Company also organise the annual Imberbus Routemaster event, see above.
Big Red Bus (Letts), Milborne Port, Somerset NMY 662E
 
Routemaster
 
no longer available for private hire, but can be hired for catering and publicity purposes
 
7/2018 Former BEA front entrance Routemasters. Sister NMY 665E is withdrawn but still owned.
Regency Road Touring, Northwich, Staffs WFR 167K Reliance/Plaxton in service 4/2013 ex Abbott, Blackpool, for tour work
Classic Routemasters, Tadworth, Surrey SMK 727F
JJD 445D
CUV 107C
SMK 676F
Routemaster (RML2727)
Routemaster (RML2445)
Routemaster (RM2107)
Routemaster (RML2676)
in service
in service
possibly sold
in service
10/2017
10/2016
9/2015
7/2017
All available for private hire. The company was previously The Bus Club t/a routemastersforhire.com.
Classic Country Bus, Surrey/West Sussex NLE 644 Regal IV (RF644) in service 7/2017 For wedding and private hires. Restored to service in 2008.
Pavilion Coaches, Hove,
E. Sussex
NLE 701 Leyland RTL in service for wedding hires etc. 2/2017 not actually an AEC but listed here for people looking for a wedding hire bus in Sussex
Brighton & Hove, Brighton, E. Sussex CUV 317C Routemaster (RML2317) in service 7/2017 used for private hire and special events
Vicky's Coaches, Colwyn Bay, North Wales WLT 999 (WVS 423) Routemaster (RM999) acquired 10/2019 Acquired from nearby Routemaster999 of Llandudno, with whom it was pictured.
Routemaster4hire, Wrexham, North Wales SVS 618 (WLT 548)
WLT 765
783 DYE
Routemaster (RM548)
Routemaster (RM765)
Routemaster open-top (1783)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
12/2017
7/2017
6/2018
 
LondonBus4Hire, Monmouthshire, South Wales 357 CLT
XFF 814 (WLT 890)
JJD 583D
JJD 579D
SMK 674F
Routemaster (RM1357)
Routemaster (RML890)

Routemaster (RML2583)
Routemaster (RML2579)
Routemaster (RML2684)
in service for private hire
acquired
in service for private hire

in service for private hire
acquired
8/2019
5/2020
8/2018

7/2019
6/2017

 
Swansea Transport Museum, Swansea, South Wales WWN 191 Reliance/Harrington private hire 11/2015 Swansea Bus Museum has a private hire operation using this vehicle
Midland Red South (Stagecoach Midlands), Stratford and Rugby, Warwickshire JJD 565D
SMK 738F
Routemaster (RML2565)
Routemaster (RML2738)
in service for private hire
in service for private hire
2/2018
5/2019
RML2565 acquired with takeover of Stratford Blue from Ensign. In SB livery and also used for special events. RML2738 based at Rugby.
Central Buses, Birmingham, West Midlands JJD 411D
CUV 220C
Routemaster (RML2411)
Routemaster (RCL2220)
private/wedding hire
private/wedding hire
 
2/2018
7/2015
RCL2220 is convertable open-top, and acquired from Stephensons of Rochford in 2014.
Southdown Historic Vehicles, Worthing, West Sussex NMY 648E Routemaster (RMA11) acquired 1/2016 Acquired fron Ensign. The company offer a vintage hire service although NMY does not appears on their website.
Southern Transit, Beeding, West Sussex NXP 796
VLT 116
CUV 179C
SMK 660F
SMK 742F
Regent III (RT4442)
Routemaster (RM116)
Routemaster (RM2179)
Routemaster (RML2660)
Routemaster (RML2742)
under restoration
preserved/special events
private hire/special events
private hire/special events
under restoration
1/2017
8/2019
8/2019
8/2019
10/2017
RM116 was acquired from preservation and has hydraulic suspension. The operational vehicles operate service 3 on some bank holidays (see above).
Premier, Crawley, West Sussex KXW 495 Regent III (RT1396) acquired 2016 Acquired from the Swansea Bus Museum.
Wilfreda Beehive, Doncaster, S. Yorkshire CUV 280C Routemaster (RML2280) in service 2/2017  
York Pullman, York, Yorkshire 792 UXA (WLT 787)
WLT 329
Routemaster (RM787)
Routemaster (RM329)
in service
in service
5/2012
5/2012
for private hire and weddings
Red Bus Days, Keighley, West Yorkshire JJD 475D
KGJ 603D
Routemaster (RML2475)
Routemaster (ex BEA)
in service
in service
1/2019
3/2019
For private hire and weddings. KGJ bought from Shaftesbury & District, who had lengthened it and fitted a central staircase, numbered RME1.
KBMT, Keighley, West Yorkshire XYJ 418 (WLT 736) Routemaster (RM736) in service 2/2007 for private hire and weddings

Acknowledgements:

Thank you to all the people who have contributed information to this page. For data privacy reasons I no longer list you all by name, as it is too much trouble to maintain a register of your consent to do so. You know who you are, and you know that I'm grateful!

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