Arriva service change plan for Southend

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Arriva is making changes to some of its bus services in the Southend, Rayleigh and Castle Point area with effect from November 17, bringing about a number of improvements across the area.

Service 1 will see an increase in frequency. Already running every 12 minutes for much of the day on Mondays to Saturdays, buses will be even more frequent at every 10 minutes.

This follows a £2m investment by Arriva earlier this year in a fleet of 16 new buses on the road, specifically purchased for use on the service that it branded ‘the One’.

There will be some other changes to services in the Shoebury area, with the One terminating at the Renown instead of Blackgate Road at Shoeburyness and Services 7 and 8 being extended to Blackgate Road instead.

These buses will also run more frequently between Southend town centre and Shoeburyness, up from every 20 minutes to every quarter of an hour, and giving better links across the town from the Shoebury and Thorpe Bay areas to Southend Hospital.

Also in line for some improvement are Services 4 and 4A between Southend, Southchurch, Great Wakering and Landwick, with some additional evening buses and a revised timetable.

Arriva’s Regional Publicity Manager, Richard Lewis, said: “We are delighted to increase the frequency of the One just months after we made a substantial investment in our Southend-based operation with new buses for the service.

“These latest timetable changes are part of an ongoing development of our network of routes in the area and we hope that not only will our existing customers bene????it from the improvements that we are introducing on November 17, but that people who have not used the bus for a while will give it a try for at least some of their journeys, especially in the run-up to Christmas when traf????ic levels increase and ????inding car park spaces can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience.”