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Essex County Council have withdrawn the early bus pass facility in agreement with the bus companies. Bus passes start at 9am from 1st September 2020.

 


Eastham Crescent 12th - 13th June 2021 closure? Update

Red signs were placed by Essex County Council along Eastham Crescent advising that on 12th and 13th June, parked cars would be towed away. If this had been due to road works being carried out, then this could have meant that the no.9, the 80a and 80c would be diverted. There was, however, no indication of these works being carried out on these dates on the Essex County Council website. There is now a yellow sign showing that road works will be carried out on 12th - 13th July.

Bus changes on April 12th 2021

First in Essex .
The 351 Chelmsford service is now half-hourly.
Service 9 Brentwood - Basildon – Revised service but still every 30 minutes .
32 Chelmsford – Blackmore – Ongar returns to school days timetable.
37 Brentwood Station – Pilgrims Hatch – Slightly revised service - every 15 minutes.
80A, 80C, 251 Sundays only – no change
350, 351 Brentwood – Chelmsford – now every 30 minutes with additional school buses
565 Brentwood – Herongate –West Horndon – School days timetable applies

NIBS – Services 21 to Ongar , 31 Pilgrims Hatch Circular & 81 Hutton Circular.
A full pre-Covid service timetable operates .

Stephensons – 71/72 Brentwood to Stondon Massey.
From Monday 8th March 2021 a full pre-Covid service timetable is operating .

Vectare
61 Brentwood – Blackmore continues a normal timetable .

Tfl London
498 Brentwood – Romford has extra buses at school times (students only services).
School service 608 runs from and to from Gallows Corner (students only).

Brentwood Community Transport 808 hospital shuttle bus is half hourly from April 6th 2021
If anyone experiences or hears about problems in respect of school buses or students' access to scheduled services would they let us know as we can take it up with the relevant company so they can consider taking action.

For timetable information see the Bus Information page

 


Nibs buses still running

Due to vandals throwing eggs at the windscreen of a NIBS bus, preventing the driver from seeing properly, services on the 21, 31 and 81 were temporarily suspended. The services are now running again today (28/10/2020) and Essex Police have been informed. See NIBS webpage twitter feed

 


Rumours about 37 bus route untrue

There have been two stories going around , one is that the 37 Brentwood - Pilgrims Hatch bus will be re-routed down the Ongar Road and the other that it will just follow the shortened Sunday timetable route missing out the Gloucester Road , Hatch Road and Danes Way stops.
First Essex have informed us that both of these rumours are untrue.
"The 37 is following the normal route along Doddinghurst Road and around the full Pilgrims Hatch loop. The 20 minute frequency may change at a later date, but the routing won't.
There may be some confusion as the Sunday change under the new tender that came in on 29th March 2020 saw an improvement with the route changing to that of the full weekday route, rather than the shortened version that we previously operated on Sundays until 22nd March."

 

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.

 


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.

 

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 https://www.ensignbus.com/route-x90.html