Ensignbus has brought in a unique tri-axle open-topper into its fleet for the 68 sightseeing service. JOHN G. LIDSTONE takes a closer look at DD34, a prototype Enviro500 which has scarcely been driven in 20 years

It’s not often that a little-known developmental vehicle that’s never been registered or fully completed sees the light of day in preservation – far less being bought by an operator, rebuilt and placed in service two decades after the story of its development began.

Such is the story of the new star and flagship of the ever-more interesting seasonal Southend seafront service 68, run by Ensignbus of Purfleet.

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong market has been very important to British bus manufacturers for decades. The bus still has an importance there which has been lost to an extent in the UK, and it thereby serves as a driver for large capacity double-deck design.

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