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First Essex 2019/2020
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:04:42 AM »
Notices and Proceedings number 2404 dated 4 December 2019 contains the following applications:

Section 3.3 – Applications to Vary Existing Services

PF0000599/6 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford Bus Station and Burnham On Crouch given service number 31 / 31B / 31C / 31X / 33 effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/10 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford Bus Station and South Woodham Ferrers given service number 36 / 36A, 36B,36X effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/16 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between MOULSHAM LODGE - HEATH DRIVE and OXNEY GREEN - LODGE ROAD given service number 45 / 45A,45C / 48A effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/23 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford Bus Station and Osborne Street, Colchester given service number 71 / 71A / 71X, 71C, 71B,71D effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/26 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Bishops Hall Estate and Brentwood Railway Station given service number 37 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/39 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Canvey, Leigh Beck and Southend given service number 27A / 27 / 27X / 827 effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/40 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Pitsea and Grays given service number 5 / 5B / 5A effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/41 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Pitsea Broadway and Laindon, Fentonway given service number 8 / 8A / / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/44 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Central Bus Station and Hullbridge/Lower Hockley given service number 20 / 820 effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/45 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Central Bus Station and Canvey Island given service number 21 / 21A / 21B / 822 effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/49 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Central Bus Station and Basildon Hospital given service number 25 / / 825 effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/81 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Greenstead and Shrub End/St Michaels given service number 64 / 64A / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/82 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Stanway Tollgate and Highwoods given service number 65 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/91 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between North Station and Brightingsea/Wivenhoe given service number 62 / 62C / 62A,62B effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/93 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Colchester and Halstead given service number 88 / 88A / 88B effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/116 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Basildon, Bus Station/Billericay, Railway Station and St John Payne School (Chelmsford) given service number 561 / 561A effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/269 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Basildon Bus Station and Brentwood given service number 9 / 9A effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/174 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Highwoods and Wivenhoe given service number 61 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/209 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Beaulieu Park, Shardelow Avenue/Beaulieu Boulevard and North Melbourne, Copperfield Road/Wicklow Avenue or Broomfield Hospital given service number 54 / 54A / 56 / 56A,56B effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/239 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Galleywood, Barnard Road and Stansted Airport, Coach Station given service number 42 / 42A / 42B effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/317 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford Bus Station and Harlow Bus Station given service number 59 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/327 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford and Great Baddow, BAE Systems given service number 51 / effective from 06 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/328 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Beaulieu, White Hart Lane and Galleywood, Keene Hall given service number 57 / 57A, 57B, 57C effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/337 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between wickford station and wickford station given service number 16 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/271 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Travel Centre and Hadleigh Church given service number 26 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/272 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Travel Centre and Basildon Bus Station given service number 28 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/340 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Great Dunnow, Queen Victoria and Colchester, Lexden Road, Norman Way given service number 570 / effective from 06 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/345 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Basildon Bus Station and Lakeside Bus Station given service number 100 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/280 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Channels, Brassie Wood South and Boreham, Plantation Road given service number 40 / effective from 06 January 2020. To amend Route and Timetable.

PF0000599/33 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford Bus Station and Brentwood Rail Station given service number 351 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/86 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Colchester Bus Station and Chelmsford Bus Station given service number 70 / effective from 05 January 2020. To amend Timetable.

PF0000599/298 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Chelmsford and Wickford given service number 14 / 13 / 13A effective from 06 January 2020. To amend Timetable.


Section 3.5 – Cancellations of Existing Services

PF0000599/344 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Colchester, Osborne Street and University of Essex, South Courts given service number 75B / effective from 05 January 2020.

PF0000599/338 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Colchester, Stanwell Street and Walton, The Naze given service number 97 / 98 / effective from 05 January 2020.

PF0000599/339 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between GREAT DUNMOW, QUEEN VICTORIA and COLCHESTER, LEXDEN ROAD,NORMAN WAY given service number 508 / effective from 06 January 2020.

PF0000599/286 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between BASILDON BUS STATION and LAKESIDE BUS STATION given service number 201 / effective from 05 January 2020.

PF0000599/195 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Basildon Bus Station and Grays Bus Station given service number 200 / 200X effective from 05 January 2020.

PF0000599/251 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR Operating between Southend Transport Centre and Archer Avenue, Southchurch given service number 24 / effective from 05 January 2020.


Section 3.1 – Registration of New Services

PF0000599/348 FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, FIRST ESSEX BUSES LTD, WESTWAY, CHELMSFORD, CM1 3AR From: Wickford, Broadway, The Swans To: Grays, Bus Station Via: Name or No.: 5X / Service type: Limited Stop Effective date: 06 January 2020 Other details: Monday to Friday on school days only


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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2019, 04:50:33 PM »
These changes were on the website in advance of the N&P, with timetables though with no background or real explanation beyond "efficiency" (read cutting costs, presumably).

Looks to me like these are, at least the first stage of, the anticipated "imposed" changes as First attempt to improve (or at least maintain) margins ahead of the (now delayed) attempt at "divesting" (whatever that means) their UK Bus operations. Apart from confusing the passengers (a good start?), I don't know what difference it will make. But after a decade of trying to do something, I suppose that is not really the point.

At the moment they seem to be swopping out newer for even older fleet than they have already. Says it all, really.

Hopefully there'll now bit be a bit of competition around east Colchester once Go-Ahead get their replacement services up and running. Something passengers in the rest of the operating area could desperately do with. If I were a betting man my money would still be on a Northampton mark II as the most likely outcome.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2019, 04:55:48 PM by essexdragon »

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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2019, 09:18:57 AM »
continued/ So here is my prediction. Half a job. The rumour mill is getting shot of the 100 which is an unequal struggle; along with the X10 (a waste of everything if anything ever was). It'd release desperately-needed more modern fleet, but more importantly to improve margins probably allow the closure of Basildon depot which has been nothing but trouble for years, and I suspect would be required anyway for the mooted (and again desperately-needed) town centre redevelopment. It'll struggle with viability as such things always do, and a replacement bus depot would hardly help. Services could move to Hadleigh, which the local changes may have been designed with in mind.

It'd probably get them through the next couple of years whilst First Group try to make up their minds and find an exit route.

Though I suspect the Chelmsford and Colchester operations are hardly viable so I think more route consolidation (read withdrawals) is inevitable on top of the subsidised route cuts planned for March, and possibly even Hadleigh might struggle if it were to take on residual Basildon services; but, as they say, every little helps. But First Bus' value was probably ever in the land on which its depots stand, at least where they have the freehold.

I suspect they're isn't a shortage of takers, just that no one sees any need to buy (at least not at First's valuations) what they can probably pick up for free by waiting. And they'd rather (as we all would) spend their money on the fleet rather than into First shareholder pockets. There isn't the enthusiasm there was a couple of years ago for buying market share at any cost. And Private Equity is becoming wary of the bus industry. Sensibly.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2019, 09:23:52 AM by essexdragon »

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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2020, 06:11:23 PM »
The X30 internet page https://www.firstgroup.com/essex/airport-services/x30 mentions new double deck vehicles.  I haven't seen any yet - the former Greenline vehicles were in use when I was last there (last week).  I am due to be in Stansted again on Thursday so I will keep an eye out for anything new.  There is no suggestion that the X10 will be dropped but it does not mention new vehicles so I assume it is keeping the E200MMCs.

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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2020, 07:38:51 PM »
There is an article about the news vehicles in Route-One https://www.route-one.net/top-story/airlink-double-deckers-introduced-after-rise-in-patronage/ which includes some pictures.

Here is the text:
First Essex has introduced seven new double-deck buses into its Airlink airport fleet which will go into service on 19 February.
The buses, Scania N 250 UDs with Alexander Dennis (ADL) Enviro400 bodywork, are being introduced to the X30 route from Southend to Stansted Airport after a 5% rise in bus patronage – with that figure likely to increase.
Rebranded as Essex Airlink, the growth plan of the fleet has been, and will continue to be, a collaboration with Stansted Airport. First Essex MD Steve Wickers explains that the company has worked with Stansted to develop a growth plan together. “This enables us to pinpoint the next stages and grow with the airport,” he says.
The buses are all Euro VI and have Scania chassis with a bus body “which makes them unique” says Mr Wickers. He explains that standard buses usually don’t suit interurban routes as they have a lot of miles to cover at a higher speed.
On review of the current X30 route after a trial of double-deckers in 2018, passengers on the service were hesitant to be on the top deck and away from their luggage. In response, the new Airlink buses have cameras focused on the luggage rack downstairs and screens on the top level so passengers can see their belongings.
The X10 route which runs from Basildon to Stansted Airport is continuing with the single-deck ADL Enviro E200MMC with updated Airlink livery. Where the two bus routes meet, Airlink services will run up to every half an hour.
The new additions to the fleet are similar to those launched in Kings Lynn

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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2020, 08:04:22 PM »
The new Scanias are in service on the X30.  I didn't see any of the Volvos yesterday. The X10 is still E200s - the one that I noticed was in the grey livery.
The vehicles noted were 36838, 36840 and 35842 but I didn't see see all the departures.
The livery does not mention First anywhere.  Also the bodies are MMCs but not the City version used for Excel.  Seems odd that they specified different bodies for two orders of very similar vehicles built around the same time.
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Re: First Essex 2019/2020
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2020, 08:06:04 PM »
And a shot from the other side.