This West Sussex independent has built up a portfolio of niche market income streams — from hiring out London Routemasters to football supporters’ park-&-ride — and is about to invest in its first new double-deckers, which will be rather special bespoke vehicles, as ALAN MILLAR reports

Southern Transit TA1 (V301 KGW), the first of the Alexander ALX400-bodied Dennis Tridents new to Connex Bus when Neil Bird began his working life there, between Bramber and Shoreham while operating a Steyning Flyer journey from Horsham in July 2014.

If it was inevitable that Neil Bird would make a career for himself in the bus industry, it was surely even more predetermined that his career would also involve classic London buses.

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