No.9 bus detour - road now open
The emergency water works on Hanging Hill Lane from 16 May 2022 are now finished and the road is open again.
There are works on Rayleigh Road adjacent to Shenfield train station (see the Essex Highways live travel map).
First have apologised for the earlier non run service and reiterated that they do care about the service and understand the current unrest with the service changes they have made.
First Essex buses timetable changes
From 17th April 2022 there are alterations to First timetables: Changes to Basildon area bus routes (link) no.9 timetable(pdf)
Services affecting Brentwood: route 9 (Basildon to Brentwood) are reduced in frequency to hourly with extra peak journeys at the busiest times.
Our Bus Officer has let the management know that the reduction of services is highly unpopular.
Printed timetables should have been available on First buses on the week beginning 17th April but have not been seen on the no.9 route so far (11/05/2022).
First Essex bus cancellations web page
First Essex buses now have a web page showing current bus cancellations. Here is the link to the web page.
Updated information can also be found on twitter
Rumours about 81 bus reductions untrue
NIBS 81 bus service 19th November 2021
Apparently there are a number of rumours on social media that this service is going to reduce to an hourly frequency .
The Association has been in contact with NIBS and they have said that there is NO plan for this to happen.
They did add that there may however be some “on the day” cancellations due to driver shortage which we know to be a national problem at present.
61 and 62 buses back to normal timetable
Vectare ran an emergency timetable for the 61A 61C and 62 buses from 1st November until the 13th November 2021.
We have been informed that the services are now back to normal
No.31 bus not running
NIBS have suspended the 31 Brentwood Station to Pilgrims Hatch Circular until further notice .
This is due to ongoing driver shortages. The route is covered by the First 37 service .
No.9 bus back through Outwood Common on Nov. 2
First Basildon had problems with the works at Outwood Common and could not send the No.9 buses round there.
Due to the works and parking obstructions they suspended that part of the service.
Services resumed on 2nd November 2021.
Long Ridings road open
Long Ridings road is now open and the 80 and 81 buses can now follow the normal route .
First Bus changes to the 100 service Lakeside to Chelmsford
From 1st September 2021, First Bus will be splitting the Lakeside - Chelmsford route into two parts, from Lakeside to Basildon and from Basildon to Chelmsford.
This will mean that passengers wishing to go to Basildon Hospital who change from the no.9 at Billericay to the 100 bus will need change again at Basildon bus station
First Bus changes to the 351 Brentwood to Chelmsford service
First Bus will be changing the frequency of the 351 service outside of peak hours .
As from 1st September 2021 there will only be an hourly service between 9am and 2pm from Chelmsford replacing the every 30 minutes service times operating up until 31st August. From Brentwood this will be from 9am to 3pm.
The departures are Chelmsford Bus Station : , 10.05 ,11.05,12.05,13.05 and 14.05 , 14.35 then every 30 minutes .
Brentwood Station 09.00 Warley Eagle Way : 10.03 , 11.03 , 12.03 , 13.03 ,14.03 , 15.00 then 15.30 onwards.
The Association has contacted First Bus Chelmsford to complain that no notice of this reduction in services was given on their website and that we were not notified in any way either.
Bus changes on April 12th 2021
First in Essex .
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
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 .
61 Brentwood – Blackmore continues a normal timetable .
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.