First Bus timetable changes as from 2nd September 2019

There will be timetable changes to First Services No.9 Warley -Brentwood-Basildon and to First Service No. 351 Chelmsford to Brentwood Mondays to Saturday from Monday 2nd September 2019
Service No.9 has timetable alterations early morning and late afternoon early evening with some buses running earlier and some later. There are 2 less buses from Basildon to Warley before 9am.
Saturday services are similarly affected. Further details here

The 351 Chelmsford to Brentwood service sees 2 less buses between Chelmsford and Brentwood before 9am and 3 less buses between 5pm and 8 pm, and the last bus from Chelmsford is now 19.05.
The 351 Brentwood to Chelmsford will have one less bus before 7.30am and two less after 6pm, the last 351 bus from Warley will be at 19.55. Daytime buses will all run 5 minutes earlier.
Saturday buses before 8am will 10 to 15 minutes later. Further details here

Users of these services are advised to check their local bus stop timetables nearer to the date.


Essex County Council changes to supported Sunday bus services from 29th March 2020

Following a consultation Essex County Council have made a decision to withdraw five bus journeys from the Brentwood Sunday and Bank Holiday services from March 29th 2020.
Listed below are how the changes affect Brentwood Sunday and Bank Holidays services :
251 Warley - Wickford - Not affected - service remains as is at present
80a/80c Hutton circular - Not affected - service remains as present
37 Brentwood Rail Station - Pilgrims Hatch Clarence Road 20.22 and 20.35 return to be withdrawn.
351 Chelmsford - Brentwood 07.40 to be withdrawn 19.40 to be withdrawn
351 Brentwood - Chelmsford 20.50 to be withdrawn .
Brentwood has not been affected as much as other parts of the County as we only have two one-hourly services already , other areas have had hourly frequencies reduced to two-hourly.

Mike Cotter - Bus Officer.


Ensign Buses to quit Brentwood

Ensignbus have announced that their services in the Brentwood area will be operated by NIBS and Stephensons buses (Stephensons have acquired NIBS) from 16 June 2019.
This will affect services 21, 31 and 81. There will be no change to fares, and timetables will remain broadly similar.
Bus X90 between Grays and Brentwood will be withdrawn due to low usage, with existing NIBS bus 269 providing a partial replacement.
A recommended route to Lakeside using the Nibs 269 and the London Transport bus 370 can be found here.
The new timetables can be seen on the bus information page

First buses service updates

There will be timetable changes taking effect from 28 April 2019.
Details can be seen on the First website

Ensignbus abandoning electric buses

The Ensign bus company has decided that it will concentrate on low emission diesel buses rather than electric buses as it has found that they are not economically viable. Here is a link to the article published by the Thurrock and South Essex Independent.

Local bus consultation questionnaire

Essex County Council (ECC) is reviewing the way it supports local bus services which operate on evenings and Sundays and has carried out a public consultation. The consultation also included proposals regarding delivering ECC services differently and devolving ECC funded local bus services to communities.
The consultation has now finished.

New X90 bus route

The new route adds to the 21, 31 and 81 bus routes and provides a service to Grays and the Lakeside shopping centre.Lakeside
Information about this bus service can be found on the Ensignbus website at