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New responsive bus journeys for Babergh, Braintree, Uttlesford and Maldon

2 August 2017

A number of flexible bus services are being introduced across Essex and south Suffolk this summer thanks to support from Essex County Council.

Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) differs from an ordinary bus service, in that it is flexible and can divert on and off route to collect and drop off passengers within a set operating area.

Residents must call up or email at least two hours in advance and can be picked up from their home, a current bus stop or an agreed local landmark along the route.

To book a service please call 01621 874410 (Maldon) or 01621 874411 (north Essex/south Suffolk) or email info@essexandsuffolkdart.co.uk. You can find out more online at Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT)

Services include a new shuttle bus which is being trialled between Audley End Station, Audley End House and Saffron Walden town centre each Monday during the summer holidays.  
Service F315 is being introduced into “DaRT 3” from 29 August, this runs between Halstead and Sudbury Monday to Saturday. The new flexible service will replace the former number 11, 12 and 13 buses offering a more tailored service for residents.

The “DaRT 4” service is being introduced from 29 August between Bradwell and Burnham-on-Crouch (diverting to and from St Lawrence when requested), Monday to Saturday, replacing the previous D4 service.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Passenger Transport, said: “DaRT offers a great solution for areas where a traditional bus service does not always work.

“People will no longer have to just wait at a bus stop as you book the service in advance so you know exactly when and where the bus will arrive. 

“It is also completely responsive meaning that the more people who use it, the better the service.

“DaRT offers a solution that we believe local communities will embrace allowing the service to thrive.”

The DaRT services have been introduced after Essex County Council consulted with thousands of residents about restructuring supported bus services to ensure they did not cost the taxpayer more than £5 for each trip made. 

For more information on pricing and flexible timetables for each of the services please visit Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT).