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BrightBus bus 6050 (C50 HNF) 1986 Hong Kong tri-axle (KMB 3BL149, DJ 3052), North Anston depot, 26 May 2011.jpg
Alexander RH bodied Leyland Olympian in May 2011
ParentMichael Strafford
FoundedMay 1998
Ceased operationJuly 2017
HeadquartersNorth Anston
Service areaSouth Yorkshire
Service typeBus services
Fleet52 (May 2017)

BrightBus[1] was a bus operator in South Yorkshire that traded from 1998 until 2017.


BrightBus was founded in May 1998 by Michael Strafford as an engineering business, performing contract maintenance for other operators. It also specialised in the conversion of buses for non-passenger use. It then diversified into the operation of school bus services.[2] It ceased trading in July 2017 when the owner retired suffering ill health. At the time operations ceased it operated 86 routes serving 32 schools.[3][4][5][6][7]

Former operations[edit]

Between 2001 and 2005, Brightbus, then known as Mass Transit, had a substantial presence in Lincolnshire, following the acquisition of the bus operations of Applebys Coaches, Reliance Travel of Great Gonerby and the Grantham depot of RoadCar. The Grantham operation failed under Mass ownership and was sold to Centrebus, and the Lincoln area operations to Dunn-Line in 2005.

In 2004, BrightBus purchased the long established Leon Motors of Finningley that was formed in 1922 and operated buses in Doncaster. By 2008 the company's stage-carriage work had passed to First South Yorkshire and the remaining operations were integrated into the main BrightBus depot at North Anston.


As at May 2017, BrightBus operated a fleet of 73 buses, including many English built three-axle Dennis Dragons and Leyland Olympians repatriated from Hong Kong.[4][8]


  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 3550779 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine MAS Special Engineering Limited
  2. ^ History Archived 7 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine Brightbus
  3. ^ School bus that transports 15,000 passengers a day across South Yorkshire to be cut Archived 10 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine Sheffield Star 2 May 2017
  4. ^ a b BrightBus to close in structured way Route One 4 May 2017
  5. ^ Uncertain future for South Yorkshire bus service Archived 21 July 2017 at the Wayback Machine BBC News 8 May 2017
  6. ^ "School bus company to close in July". Rotherham Advertiser. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Drivers' takeover of closing school bus firm "not feasible"". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  8. ^ Brightbus Sheffield Omnibus Enthusiast Society

External links[edit]

Media related to BrightBus at Wikimedia Commons