Park and Ride concessions consultation

Essex County Council is consulting on the use of the older person’s bus pass on County Council run Park and Ride services in Essex.
They are also consulting on making a reduced charge for people using the disability based bus pass before 9am on the Park and Ride services.
This consultation gives you the opportunity to let them know your views about the proposals. The consultation commences from 08 May and will run until 31 July 2019, it will be available online at :
Paper copies of the questionnaire will also be available from the Sandon, Chelmer Valley and Colchester Park and Ride sites.


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Bus X90 between Grays and Brentwood will be withdrawn due to low usage, with existing NIBS bus 269 providing a partial replacement.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