Essex County Council has stepped in to provide a Saturday bus service on a trial basis after a bus company went out of business.
The Council is funding the number 21 bus service between Brentwood and Ongar on Saturdays, after bus company Townlink ceased operating.
Ensign Bus Ltd, which has agreed to operate the Monday to Friday number 21 service commercially, will be running the number 21 Saturday service under contract to Essex County Council as a trial, initially up to Saturday, 26 March.
Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Environment, said: “Following concerns from passengers and Brentwood District Council, about the loss of a bus service between Brentwood and Ongar on Saturdays, we have decided to plug the gap.
“We will pay Ensign to run the Saturday service on a trial basis, during which we will monitor how many passengers use it. This will allow us to take a decision on the longer term future of the service in mid-February 2016.
“I would urge people to use the service if they want to keep it.”
The Essex County Council funded service is due to start this Saturday, 23 January 2016. Buses will leave Brentwood station at 22 minutes past the hour from 07.22 until 14.22 and then 15.40, 16.40 and 17.40. It leaves Ongar, Four Wantz, at 50 minutes past the hour from 07.50 to 14.50 and then 16.08, 17.08 and 18.08.