About the Darwen Group

Darwen Group, which takes its name from the Darwen area of Lancashire, acquired East Lancashire Coachbuilders in August 2007.  The company boasts a highly skilled bus and coach building, servicing and repair team, a proven product range and a strong market presence.  The East Lancashire Coachbuilders brand dates back to 1934, when it was founded in Blackburn as a manufacturer of vans, lorries and small coaches.

Darwen Group is based on the Whitebirk Industrial Estate in Blackburn, in the North West of England.  One of Britain’s best-known bus and coach builders, with approximately 5,000 double-deck units in the field, it supplies buses to the UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, including its exciting new products: the Olympus double-deck and Esteem single-deck buses.

Darwen Group’s new management team is now building on the company’s strong North West bus and coach building roots while investing heavily in infrastructure, processes, technologies, products and workforce.