Bath Bus Company is celebrating twenty years of serving the Bath area by painting a bus in the company’s original livery of 1997 comprised of bright cream and red. It also carries a number of the brand names which have applied over the past two decades.
Formed by four former Badgerline directors, this small concern – now owned by RATP Dev and operating within Extrapolitan’s sightseeing division - was responsible for a series of innovations which raised standards when introduced. They include:
- First Multi-lingual tours in Bath
- First to use headphones so residents were not disturbed by commentaries
- First low emission tour buses in the UK
- Among the earliest low floor-easy access buses, used on Combe Down and Fox Hill services
- First use in the West of England of a classic London Routemaster
- First use outside London of a New Routemaster on Imber Service
- First operator to run articulated bendy-bus services in Bath
- First operator to withdraw articulated bendy buses!
- Operator of annual service to the lost village of Imber on Salisbury Plain
- Introduced popular and rapidly growing Air Decker airport service
- High levels of staff training and customer care provided
- Past winners of tour bus operator of the year
- First operator of the bio-methane ‘Poo Bus’
- A member of the West of England Bus Operators Association working across the region with other bus companies on joint ticketing.
Bath Bus Company also now has operations in Cardiff and Windsor. In order to assist in tour bus operations elsewhere, several of the company’s managers have visited locations around the world including Australia, America, the Caribbean, China, Greece and South Africa.
Some of the longest serving staff helped launched the anniversary bus with a birthday cake, from the company’s Burnett base.
Unlike many bus companies, graphics and design including for other concerns are produced in-house.
The company’s staff are some of the most dedicated in the area.
Managing Director and founding member Martin Curtis said “Although we struggled in the early years to become established, by setting our standards higher than other bus companies we now enjoy considerable success – and other operators have had to keep up with us to survive.
We could not have achieved so much without the support and dedication of our staff at every level including those responsible for driving, guiding and engineering.”