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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.

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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: 

  • 4 or 5 day minimum working week 
  • Work that gives you a social life (typically our shifts start no earlier than 6am, and are fnished by around 8pm, with no scheduled Sunday work)
  • Company uniform, free Transport Benevolent Fund membership (after qualifying service), Travel concessions
  • £9.80 per hour including performance bonus, with plenty of hours for those who want them!
  • Small depots and rotas where you’re a name not a number, working for a local company
  • We also have part-time/casual positions and will consider non PCV licence holders for training.

 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.

Due to surprise roadworks and traffic lights at Golden Cross all our services that serve King Edmund and then go onto other Schools will be delayed by at least 20 minutes. We apologise for these delays but is is out of our control.

Starting Tuesday September 15th, for an interim period, our bus service 701 will be operated by Panther Travel on our behalf, normally with one of their white and blue liveried buses.  There are no changes to the times, route or fares and our tickets continue to be valid on the bus.

We are now able to publish times for our new services in Braintree and linking Braintree to Witham via Silver End, in partial replacement for services that First Essex Buses are withdrawing.

From October 19 (subject to regulatory approval), we will run a new service 21 from Black Notley to Braintree, every half an hour, replacing that part of First Bus 21.

Also from October 19 (subject to regulatory approval) for two weeks, we will also provide an interim shuttle to part of the Beckers Green area to replace a section of First Bus route 30.

Then from November 2nd, our new service 38/38A starts, every 30 minutes, linking Bocking (Deanery Gardens) with Braintree town centre (replacing First 21/21A there) and continuing to Silver End and Witham, alternately via Freeport (bus 38) or via part of Beckers Green (38A), replacing First services 131/2.

To see full details, please click HERE.  See also a subsequent news item dated September 15.

Bus 38 is being extended from Witham on to Braintree and this will mean new times for the off-peak buses in Witham to and from Allectus Way.  But don\'t worry, buses will still run every 30 minutes.  The new times can be viewed HERE.

For times of the service right through to Braintree, please see our separate Braintree news item.

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