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First in Essex; South Essex changes 5th May 2013
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:28:55 PM »
For a full version with links to new timetable PDF's see http://www.firstgroup.com/ukbus/essex/travel_news/service_updates/?item=8011&conf=0 while I download them all!



Your new and improved South Essex network

Monday 15 April 2013

FIRST ARE BUILDING THE SOUTH ESSEX NETWORK

As part of First's commitment to providing reliable and frequent journeys to our customers, changes to services in the Southend, Canvey Island, Basildon and Brentwood areas will commence from Sunday 5 May 2013. The revisions have been made not only to make a more efficient use of current services, but also to provide new bus routes for areas that weren't previously served.

The key highlights of the changes are as follows:

Increased frequency, up to every 7 to 8 minutes between Benfleet, Hadleigh and Southend via the A13 London Road

Increased frequency, up to every 7 to 8 minutes between Rayleigh and Southend via Eastwood

Increased frequency, up to every 7 to 8 minutes between Southend town centre and Southend Hospital

Increased frequency, up to every 7 to 8 minutes between Benfleet and Basildon via Pitsea and Vange

Increased frequency, up to every 10 minutes between Basildon and Wickford

Increased frequency, up to every 30 minutes between Brentwood and Chelmsford

More buses serving Laindon Station
Improved Sunday service to Southchurch

First believe that the county of Essex is growing, and an essential part of growth is an excellent transport system. As well as improving frequencies along routes, certain journeys have been re-timed to coincide with rail links at Southend, Canvey and Benfleet stations. This brings valuable links to commuters travelling to London or other parts of the county.

In addition to the increased frequency of services, significant investment has also been made in bringing new buses into our fleet. The arrival of 19 new Volvo hybrid buses at Basildon, and 24 refurbished double deckers at Hadleigh and Basildon depots in addition to other more modern vehicles, has resulted in over 40% of the fleet being replaced.

A more in depth look at each service can be found below.

Southend, Castle Point & Rayleigh area


2 Southend to Basildon is renumbered as service 28,

This service will now be numbered as service 28, and will follow the same route as the current service 2 and is increased to operate every 15 minutes during the main part of the day on Monday to Saturday. Between Tarpots and Basildon, service 28 combines with service 22 to provide an increased level of service every 7 to 8 minutes between these points. Between the junction of London Road and Kents Hill Road in Benfleet, and Southend via the A13 London Road through Hadleigh, Leigh and Westcliff, service 28 combines with service 27 to provide a bus every 7 to 8 minutes.

On Sundays and Public Holidays, service 28 will operate every 30 minutes between Southend and Hadleigh, and every 60 minutes on to Basildon Hospital. Between Tarpots and Basildon Hospital, service 28 combines with service 22 to provide a bus every 30 minutes between these points


15/15A/15B/15C/16 Southend to Basildon or Canvey.

These Monday to Friday peak time only services are withdrawn and will be replaced locally by services 21 and 21X in Canvey, and services 20, 25, 25A and 25B in the Eastwood and Rayleigh area. Lower Hockley will no longer be served, and the journeys to and from Basildon are partly covered by earlier journeys on service 2, and the existing service 15B journeys serving Seevic College are replaced by new service 25B.

The section of route between/via Tesco and RBS at Thanet Grange, and via Prince Avenue will no longer be covered as the contract to carry RBS staff has been awarded to another operator.


20 Southend to Hullbridge

This service will operate to a revised timetable. However, there are no changes to the route. Main frequency every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays.

Through Eastwood, the 20 combines with service 25/25A to provide an improved service with a bus every 7 to 8 minutes to Rayleigh or Southend.


21 Southend to Canvey

Revised to operate between Canvey Newlands and Southend via parts of the existing service 26 on Canvey Island, and the existing service 21 between Benfleet Station and Southend, with the exception that the 21 will operate via Thames Drive and Leigh Station rather than Hadleigh Road. Main frequency every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday, with more buses at peak times, and hourly Sundays. During the off-peak period, alternate journeys will operate as service 21A via Manchester Drive in Leigh-on-Sea.

A new service Service 21X will operate during Monday to Friday peak times to provide a service from Canvey Eastern Esplanade to Benfleet Station, replacing the existing services 16 and 21 on this section or route. From Labworth Park through to Benfleet Station, the 21X follows the same route as the 21. Peak time buses are designed to connect with the fast trains to London from Benfleet Station. There are no change to the evening service 21B, and school bus 822 is unchanged.


22 Canvey to Basildon

Increased to operate every 15 minutes during the main part of the day on Monday to Saturday. Between Tarpots and Basildon, service 22 combines with service 28 to provide a bus every 7 to 8 minutes between these points.

Between the junction of High Road and Kents Hill Road in Benfleet, and Basildon via Pitsea, service 22 combines with service 28 to provide a bus every 7 to 8 minutes.

On Sundays and Public Holidays, service 22 will operate every 60 minutes. Between Tarpots and Basildon Hospital, service 22 combines with service 28 to provide a bus every 30 minutes between these points


23 Southend to Temple Sutton (renumbered eastern part of service 27)

New service replacing the eastern part of service 27 between Southend and Temple Sutton, To operate every 20 minutes during the day, terminating at the top of Hamstel Road, and every 30 minutes during the evening extending into Garon Park itself. Buses towards Southend operate a loop of the town centre from Woodgrange Drive via Queensway, Southchurch Road and Chichester Road. On Sundays, the Garon Park service is covered by service 24A.


24 Southend to Temple Sutton

Revised timetable with service operating every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday. A much improved level of service will operate on Sundays, when an hourly service 24 will operate, with an hourly 24A service to Garon Park combining to form a half hourly service via Sutton Road and North/Central Avenue. Newington Avenue will have a Sunday bus service for the first time in many years.


25 Southend to Basildon, 25A Southend to Rayleigh & 25B Southend to Hadleigh

Revised timetable, with the service terminating at Basildon Bus Station, the section to Basildon Hospital being covered by new service 15A. In the Southend area, service 25 buses will operate via Prittlewell chase to serve the front of the Hospital rather than via Carlton Avenue, which will be instead served by new service 25A. Between Southend and Rayleigh, the service will operate up to every 15 minutes, with the journeys terminating and starting at Rayleigh numbered as service 25A. Certain morning peak journeys will extend to Hadleigh from Rayleigh via Woodmans Arms, Hart Road and Kiln Road as service 25B, replacing the previous service 15B. A similar return journey from Hadleigh to Southend via Rayleigh will operate in the afternoon peak.


26 Southend to Leigh Church & Hadleigh

Revised route and timetable, with journeys operating mainly between Southend and Leigh Church only via London Road and Leigh Road every 30 minutes during Monday to Friday daytimes. Certain journeys will extend beyond Leigh to and from Hadleigh depot. The existing daily service 26 on Canvey Island serving Canvey Village and Newlands will be replaced by a revised daily service 21. There will be no service on Saturdays or Sundays.


27 Southend to Canvey Leigh Beck

Revised timetable, operating between Southend and Canvey Leigh Beck, with the section between Southend and Garon Park now covered by new service 23.

The 27 will be improved to operate every 15 minutes during the main part of the day on Monday to Saturday. Between the junction of High Road and Kents Hill Road in Benfleet, and Canvey Leigh Beck via link Road, service 27 combines with service 22 to provide a bus every 7 to 8 minutes. Between the junction of London Road and Kents Hill Road in Benfleet, and Southend via the A13, service 27 combines with service 28 to provide a bus every 7 to 8 minutes.

On Sundays and Public Holidays, service 27 will operate every 30 minutes between Southend and Canvey Leigh Beck, Between Southend and Hadleigh, service 27 combines with service 28 to provide a bus every 15 minutes between these points.

The existing Monday to Friday peak time service 28 between Canvey Leigh Beck and Benfleet Station will be renumbered as service 27X, and operate to a revised timetable, connecting with the fast London trains at Benfleet Station.


Basildon and Thurrock area


5 Basildon to Pitsea Tesco

Revised timetable, with buses running up to every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 30 minutes evenings and Sundays. The timetable is coordinated with services 15, 15A and 25 to provide a bus every 5 minutes between Basildon, Whitmore Way and Grimston Road during Monday to Saturday daytime's.


8, 8A, 8B, 8C Pitsea to Laindon via Basildon to Pitsea Tesco

The timetable is revised, with running times adjusted to make the service more punctual. The service pattern is simplified and revised to operate as service 8 and 8A daily throughout the day. In Laindon, both the 8 and 8A will operate via Laindon Station during Monday to Saturday daytime's. The evening and Sunday buses will run to the same route and times as now, with the 8B renumbered as service 8, and the 8C renumbered as service 8A

Services 8 and 8A will each operate every 20 minutes, forming a combined 10 minute frequency service over the common section of route between Staceys Corner, Basildon and Laindon


15 Langdon Hills to Wickford and 15A Basildon Hospital to Runwell via Wickford

The existing services 25A, 25B and 25C will be replaced by new services 15, 15A and 15B. Combined with service 25, a bus will operate up to every 10 minutes on the main section of route between Basildon and Wickford via Whitmore Way, Eastmayne and Nevendon Road. Laindon Station will no longer be served, instead covered by services 8 and 8A, and the once a day extension to Great Berry will no longer operate.


25 Southend to Basildon, 25A Southend to Rayleigh & 25B Southend to Hadleigh

The existing services 25A, 25B and 25C will be replaced by two new half hourly services 15 (Langdon Hills to Wickford) and 15A (Basildon Hospital to Runwell), plus a new peak time service15B linkng Langdon Hills and Basildon Hospital. Combined with service 25, a more frequent service will now operate up to every 10 minutes on the main section of route between Basildon and Wickford via Whitmore Way, Eastmayne and Nevendon Road. Laindon Station will no longer be served, and will instead covered by services 8 and 8A, and the once a day extension to Great Berry will no longer operate.

Service 25 will have a revised timetable, with service terminating at Basildon Bus Station and in the Southend area, will operate via Prittlewell Chase to serve the front of the Hospital rather than via Carlton Avenue, which will be instead served by new service 25A. Between Southend and Rayleigh, services 25 and 25A combine to form an increased service running up to every 15 minutes. Certain morning peak journeys will extend to Hadleigh from Rayleigh via Woodmans Arms, Hart Road and Kiln Road as service 25B, replacing the previous service 15B.

A similar return journey from Hadleigh to Southend via Rayleigh will operate in the afternoon peak.

On Sundays, a half hourly service will continue to be provided between Basildon Hospital, Basildon and Wickford, and an hourly service beyond Wickford to Southend.


100 Chelmsford to Lakeside via Basildon and Grays

There will be some minor changes to the timetable during the morning peak in the Lakeside to Chelmsford direction to improve punctuality. The main timetable will continue to operate every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday and every hour during the evenings and Sunday daytimes.


200 Basildon to Grays via Thurrock Colleges

Revised Monday to Saturday timetable, with additional journeys operating between Basildon and the Colleges in Thurrock to meet increased demand for student travel. The early morning timetable is revised and there will be two college day only service 200X journeys in the morning peak period which will serve now Stanford le Hope but will not call at Basildon Hospital or Orsett Village.

Additionally, three college day only service 200X journeys will operate towards Basildon during the afternoon, calling at the Colleges in Thurrock at 1510, 1610 and 1710


551 Basildon to Brentwood via Billericay is renumbered as service 9

The existing service 551 will be renumbered as service 9, providing a similar service to the current service, but extended beyond Brentwood Station to terminate at Warley, Eagle Way.The Monday to Friday peak hour service which operated between Shenfield Station and Hutton Village will be revised to instead operate via Hanging Hill Lane to Pondfield Road and Knights Way as service 9A.

The off-peak section of route between Basildon and the Festival Leisure Park will no longer operate, although Essex County Council service 237 continues to provide an alternative service.


Brentwood Services:


73 Warley to Bishops Hall Estate

The service will be revised to operate between Brentwood Station and Bishops Hall Estate, with the section of service 73 south of Brentwood Station to Warley instead being covered by an extension of service 9 (formerly 551).

The section of route via Clements Park and Woodman Road will no longer be covered by First services. The revised service 73 will operate up to every 10 minutes during Monday to Friday peak times, and every 15 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytime's.

The evening and Sunday service will be unchanged with the service continuing to operate through to Warley at these times.


351 Chelmsford to Brentwood

This service will be improved, with the frequency increased to operate up to every 30 minutes during Monday to Saturday daytimes.

The timetables for each service are available below.

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Service 5 (PDF - 40.39 KB)
Service 8/8A (PDF - 65.11 KB)
Service 9 (PDF - 26.61 KB)
Service 15/15A/15B (PDF - 29.47 KB)
Service 20 (PDF - 43.77 KB)
Service 21/21A/21B/21X (PDF - 71.69 KB)
Service 22 (PDF - 31.9 KB)
Service 23/24 (PDF - 36.69 KB)
Service 25/25A/25B (PDF - 62.15 KB)
Service 26 (PDF - 7.28 KB)
Service 27/27X (PDF - 59.9 KB)
Service 28 (PDF - 38.92 KB)
Service 73 (PDF - 20.01 KB)
Service 100 (PDF - 67.46 KB)
Service 200 (PDF - 18.27 KB)
Service 351 (PDF - 22.41 KB)
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