Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tell the council not to cut your bus!

Essex County Council are having what they call a 'bus review'. That's a posh way of saying they're looking at which subsidised bus services they can cut in order to save some money to pay for the bankers' mistakes.

This could affect many routes serving Brentwood, especially the few evening and Sunday services we have. If you want to keep them, then go to this website to take part in the 'review' and tell Essex County Council how important bus services are to our town.

You have until 9th December to respond, after which they will presumably stop listening and start deciding where to wield that axe.

The following Brentwood bus services are subsidised by Essex County Council and could be at risk if not enough people defend them in this consultation:

  • 73 (evening & Sunday journeys to Warley and Pilgrims Hatch)
  • 80A & 80C (Sunday service to Hutton & Shenfield)
  • 251 (Sunday service to Warley, Billericay and Southend)
  • 261 Doddinghurst
  • 268 & 269 Grays
  • 351 (Sunday journeys to Chelmsford)
  • 565 Ingrave, Herongate

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Direct buses to Upminster

UPDATE: The 848 service no longer runs. See this more recent post for more details. The below post is now out of date, but has been left online as a record of what ran for a short time.

Travel With Hunny have quietly launched route 848 linking Brentwood with Upminster. It serves stop E on Brentwood High Street and also stops outside the railway station before running through Warley. It terminates at Upminster Station, returning from stop B, just outside Wimpy:

See the route map here and as a pdf here.

Here's the timetable:

...and a list of stops served in each direction:

Please note the 848 only runs on weekdays and is not a TfL route, even though it goes into Greater London, so Oyster is not valid.