Monday, 15 April 2013

First changes: New timetables out

First have released the new timetables for those of their services that are changing from Sunday 5th May. Full details of all changes to their services across South Essex can be found here. Here's a summary of what affects Brentwood:

73/73A/73B Warley-Brentwood-Pilgrims Hatch: The daytime service is curtailed to run between Brentwood Railway Station and Pilgrims Hatch only. The 73A and 73B are withdrawn. Evening services will still serve Warley. Sunday services are introduced. New timetable here.

351 Brentwood-Chelmsford: The daytime frequency is doubled to every half hour. New timetable here.

551 Brentwood-Basildon: Renumbered 9 with some timetable changes. Extended beyond Brentwood Railway Station to Warley, representing a cut in service on that part of route compared to the current 73 service. Short rush hour journeys to Shenfield are rerouted and renumbered 9A. New timetable here.

From Saturday 27th April, there are changes to the 265 to Lakeside and TfL 498 to Romford, which is extended to Queens Hospital and will run every 20 minutes Mon-Sat daytimes. Timetables here.

Apart from the changes on First, many changes are coming up on other bus companies in our area. A quick list is in the right hand column.

Shame on Ensign Bus, who are changing the 81 and introducing the 82 before First's changes, but haven't yet published the official new timetable on their website. Luckily Brentwood Bus and Rail Users Association have got hold of the new timetables: 81, 82.

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