New bus route uses vintage Routemaster

Photo:Bus No 10, the summer seafront special

Bus No 10, the summer seafront special

No 10 runs along seafront via North Laine

A new seafront bus service started during June 2014 and is conveniently travelling through North Laine! Bus No 10 is an hourly summer-only service continuing until 13th September 2014 and timed just after arrival of trains from London.

The route

It starts at Brighton Station and travels down North Road. The bus stop is outside Go Local near Robert Street (though the stop is called Kensington Gardens for some reason) before continuing via Old Steine to the Pier. It then runs along the seafront to the King Alfred with intermediate stops at Ship Street, Brighton Centre, West Pier, Bandstand, Holland Road and Fourth Avenue. On the return journey it travels up Church Street (no stop but you can alight in Queen’s Road at the top of North Road or continue to the Station).

A vintage Routemaster

On most days the service is operated with a vintage Routemaster, complete with conductor and a manual ticket machine. Very nostalgic for those in the older generation!

Colin Curtis

The name on this bus is Colin Curtis. Colin was born in Brighton and had a very early association with Brighton Hove & District (the forerunner of Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company). In the early war years during his school holidays from Varndean Grammar School for Boys Colin managed to obtain work in the Conway Street workshops. Although his career took him to Associated Equipment Company (AEC) in 1947 and then London Transport, he always took a keen interest in the Brighton Company and made visits in recent times following his retirement to see behind the scenes at the Conway Street offices and garage and to keep in touch. He was delighted when the Company acquired a Routemaster as it was the vehicle that epitomised his work as he had spent many years with a team working on prototypes to develop the famous London bus in the 1950s and 60s. Colin died in Crawley Hospital aged 86 in September 2012 after a lifetime’s career in the bus industry.

 

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 229, July/August 2014]

 

 

 

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