On May 8th the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn joined Brighton & Hove Buses managing director Roger French, to launch the newly renovated London Routemaster bus RML 2317. The bus is resplendent in the original Thomas Tilling livery of red, cream and grey, just as it would have looked if the bus had been around, and Thomas Tilling had run it when the company operated buses in the Brighton and Hove area between 1916 and 1935.
Company started in 1846
Thomas Tilling first began running buses in London in 1846 when he was just 21. He soon became one of the most successful transport entrepreneurs of that exciting era. The Tilling family expanded their empire into the provinces by acquiring such companies as Thames Valley and Eastern Counties. But they had a special eye on Brighton, establishing premises in Holland Road Hove, to run under their own name in 1914. Two years later they consolidated their position in the area by buying out the larger Brighton, Hove & Preston United Company. In Brighton and London they chose to brand all buses as Thomas Tilling; all other Tilling companies ran under their local trading name.
You can ride the Routemaster
The bus will run various tours and be available for private hire. So there you are all My Brighton and Hove bus enthusiasts, you will be able to ride this wonderful addition to the city’s buses. Maybe if you do – you could take some great photos and write to tell us all of the experience?