Tuesday, 29 January 2013

First fares go up on Sunday

First are putting most of their fares up on Sunday 3rd February.

The FirstDay Brentwood goes up from £3.50 to £3.60. FirstWeek Brentwood rises from £13.50 to £14.

FirstDay Basildon Outer stays at £6. FirstWeek Basildon Outer drops from £26 to £24.

FirstDay Essex stays at £8 but for that same price you might as well get the Essex Saver, which is valid on all operators' buses throughout the county. FirstWeek Essex stays at £30.

The FirstMonth tickets valid in this part of the world stay the same.

Some single and return fares are changing too. Here's a sample of adult fares to/from Brentwood from Sunday:
Billericay £4 return (cheaper than the train)
Ingatestone £4.50 return (£4.30 return on the train when travelling after 1200 weekdays or anytime at weekends)
Chelmsford £6.30 return (cheaper than the train)

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Brentwood's major bus routes on one clear map

Essex County Council are one of the best in the country for their public transport maps. But they are so comprehensive, listing every single route that runs, even if it only offers one journey a week. Sometimes it's easy for the vital information on the major routes to get lost in the detail. None of the bus operators offer a simplified map of their Brentwood services, so we thought we'd step in.

Here is a vastly simplified map of bus services in Brentwood, only showing those routes that have at least an hourly service Monday to Saturday daytimes:

And here's the Sunday bus network:

We hope you'll find these maps useful. Please feel free to share them.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Oyster's here, but not always cheaper

Oyster has arrived in Brentwood, if you ignore the fact that it arrived on the 498 bus ages ago! It's now here on the trains too. The fares aren't quite as simple as they could be, so we've prepared this table to make it clear how much a journey into Greater London will cost using paper tickets or Oyster:

The surprising fact is that some day Travelcards are cheaper with paper tickets than on Oyster. Oyster's only the best deal if you'll be travelling into London on a train that arrives at Liverpool Street between 1000 and 1200. For single journeys into and out of Greater London, Oyster always works out cheaper.

Watch out for the £16.20 off-peak pay-as-you-go daily Oyster fare cap when travelling from Brentwood though - it's quite high and can only be avoided by either using a paper ticket to travel from Brentwood into Greater London and then switching to Oyster or by using two separate Oyster cards, one to get over the border and one to get around London.

Here's how the paper v Oyster fares look from Shenfield:

It's not yet clear what situation is regarding the Brentwood & Shenfield Plusbus, but my guess is that it is not available in conjunction with Oyster.

Do leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Friday, 11 January 2013

New route: NIBS 489 to Moreton

Since Monday 7th January, there's a new bus route in Brentwood. NIBS 489 runs in from Moreton every weekday morning and heads back every weekday afternoon. Here is the route map:


and list of stops served:

The SMS codes can be used on Nextbuses or by texting 84268 (normal text message costs apply) to see a list of the next buses scheduled from that stop.

As the 489 is mainly a schools service, I won't be adding it to the directory of major bus routes at the bottom of this page, but if there are any changes to the 489, then we'll let you know right here.

Also below, right at the bottom of the page, you'll find a useful list of available day tickets for Brentwood's buses. We've made it clear which ticket can be bought and is valid on which bus. The biggest surprise is the Sunday Saver, which at £2.80 for travel on all buses in Essex every Sunday is surely one of the best value bus tickets in the country!

Monday, 7 January 2013

One stop for Brentwood bus news!

Welcome to a blog dedicated to tracking the changes to Brentwood's bus services. With so many companies running buses in our town, it can be difficult to keep up with when a route's timetable changes. We're here to make it easier. We'll keep an eye out on the official bus registrations so you don't have to. And because we're dedicated to Brentwood, you won't have to wade through mountains of irrelevant info about Southend or Colchester to find out about what's changing when on Brentwood's buses.

You'll find some useful links on the right. Each time we become aware of a change to any of Brentwood's bus services, we'll publicise it on this page well before it takes effect. You'll even be able to post a comment to let others know what you think about any changes.

So bookmark us or subscribe via e-mail and pop back soon, when we'll make sure you're never out of date on Brentwood's buses again.