We\'re starting new bus routes 38 & 38A on November 2nd and selected journeys will serve Braintree College on Mondays to Fridays. The trips concerned are as follows:
From Halstead: the 0740 from Halstead Colne Road, arriving at the College at 0811.
From Witham: the buses from Witham Station at 0727 and 0747 both go via the College. They call at Braintree Bus Park at 0809 and 0833, arriving at College at 0815 and 0839. We would encourage students to use the first of the two buses where possible, to avoid overloading on the second trip.
To Halstead: buses pass the College at 1546 and 1646 [these times are not shown in our Three Rivers leaflet].
To Braintree town centre and Witham: buses pass the College at 1601, 1631, 1701 and 1731.
At other times of day, you can catch buses 38 & 38A from Queens Road shops bus stop, about an 8 minute walk from the College along Coldnailhurst Avenue. To see the full timetable, click HERE.
Term passes issued by First Essex buses specifically for travel to and from Braintree College will be accepted on our buses. We will publish details of our own term tickets here in due course.
Due to a burst water main closing Deanery Hill, bus 10 is diverting via Coldnailhurst Avenue, Queens Road, Glebe Avenue & Churchill Road, not serving Church Lane or Deanery Corner. This is expected to last for 3 days. Bus 9 is NOT affected.
We will resume the normal route once the road reopens.
From November 2nd, the service to Ebenezer Close and Church Street will be numbered 40 (instead of 38) and will run as a shuttle to and from the town centre in Witham, still serving Morrisons, the station and Collingwood Road. Most buses will run at the same times as the current service, except the mid afternoon buses on Mondays to Fridays which are retimed and now give later buses back from the town centre. The service will be operated by Arrow Taxis on behalf of Stephensons, but don\'t worry, you can still use your Concession Pass and Stephensons\' Witham day tickets.
For the new times, please click HERE.
Due to a road closure, the morning 702 bus will pick up 5 minutes EARLIER than usual at all stops in Frinton, Kirby Cross and Thorpe-Le-Soken from Wednesday October 7th until 14th. This is because the bus will have to divert on the way into Clacton whilst a new roundabout is completed on Thorpe Road. We need to start earlier to allow for the diversion and get the bus into Colchester on time.
UPDATED: the works are running late, we\\\'re told the road will remain closed now until Thursdaty 15th.
King Edmund School will start at 10:30 AM on Thursday 1st October
All buses will collect students from their normal stops two and a half hours after their normal collection time.
Buses will collect students from the School at normal time in the afternoon
We are now able to confirm our planned new timetables, click HERE to view. They include the extension of buses once an hour to Halstead and retiming of some early morning buses to improve connections in Witham and Braintree.
Due to an emergency road closure caused by a collapsed sewer, imposed from 0930 Friday morning (25th) with very little warning, the A128 Ongar Road leading into Brentwood is blocked. However, our regular driver Paul has been able to use local diversions to get round the block with relatively little delay so far. Well done Paul! Hopefully we will continue to be able to run a near normal service, depending on traffic conditions.
To operate our new services in the Braintree area we are looking to recruit qualified pcv drivers. We are offering a £1,000 welcome bonus (subject to terms & conditions, naturally).
If you want to be part of a small team at a local depot driving our regular customers to school, work or the shops, and can deliver service with a smile, then get in touch now! You’ll need a current driver CPC card and the ability to obtain a DBS clearance. It’s also essential you’re reliable and enthusiastic.
In exchange for your commitment, we offer:
If you think we might get on with each other, call 01702 541511, or click HERE for more information and to download an application form. We also have vacancies at other depots.
Following publication of our plans to start new services to replace routes that First Buses are giving up, we\'ve been approached by passengers, parish and town councils, and we have had discussions with the County Council. As a result of that feedback we became aware that there would be a serious gap in the services between Braintree and Halstead, especially for Bocking Church Street and Gosfield.
As a result, to meet these community needs, we have decided to expand our plans and intend to run an hourly service beyond Braintree through to Halstead, continuing from Bocking (Deanery Gardens) through Bocking Church Street, High Garrett and Gosfield, and serving Colne Road in Halstead, to replace First Buses 131/2. We are currently awaiting approval from the bus industry regulator for the new timetable and will publish full details as soon as that approval is granted.
In addition, to response to requests for improved connections at Witham Station from Silver End and in Braintree onto First bus 70 to Broomfield Hospital, we plan to retime the first two morning buses between Witham and Braintree and vice versa. Again, this is subject to approval and we will publish updated times in due course.