Local bus services have been saved from extinction after Essex County Council stepped in to fund replacement services.
Services in Tollesbury, Braintree and Harwich will now continue after commercial bus operators pulled out.
The numbers 91, 92 and 95 services around Tollesbury, Saturdays and evenings on the number 21 service in Braintree and the number 2 service in Harwich were all set to be removed by bus operators in the coming months.
Essex County Council announced it would step in to support the continued running of these services.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “These services are clearly highly valued by the communities they serve. I am pleased we are able to support them. However, it is disappointing in the case of the Tollesbury services to have been notified about the changes so late in the day. That has led to a period of uncertainty and worry for the communities they serve, until the Council were able to step in.
“If we see this sort of pattern continuing we may have to explore legislative opportunities that arise from the Bus Bill which is currently before Parliament.”
Cllr Rodney L Bass, Essex County Council County Councillor for Heybridge and Tollesbury, expressed, on behalf of local residents, his warm appreciation for the decision taken to provide replacement bus services.
He said: “People really appreciate what my colleague Eddie Johnson has done at such short notice. This is of major importance to the local villages. I urge them now to use the bus services.”
Please find attached the agreed timetables for Tollesbury 91, 92 and 95 services. These will be available on Travelline once registered.