Issued: December 21, 2016
Epping Forest Community Transport to launch new Nazeing service next month
Epping Forest Community Transport has stepped in to provide a vital bus service in Nazeing after villagers were faced with the prospect of no bus services at all.
Epping Forest Community Transport will provide a new Monday to Friday service between Tylers Cross and Hoddesdon Rye Park via Broxbourne only from January 4.
Meanwhile following the announcement that Trusty Bus was to withdraw its 392 and 505 services covering Nazeing negotiations involving Nazeing district councillor and Epping Forest Community Transport trustee Richard Bassett, Essex Passenger Transport, Nazeing and Roydon parish councils and EFCT have secured a replacement service for the 505 service.
The EOS bus company will now divert its 86 service which comes from Harlow and goes across Nazeing Common to Waltham Abbey/Waltham Cross.
The route will now divert at Bumbles Green to go into Nazeing and then at the crossroads go down St Leonards Road to resume its route along Crooked Mile so maintaining a Nazeing service to Harlow.
The timetable will be available on the Essex County Council website.
Epping Forest Community Transport has stepped in over the 392 route after Essex County Council could find no commercial operator to take it on.
Mr Bassett said: "Thanks to a great team effort they have 'driven to the rescue'."
Epping Forest Community Transport will provide a service on a commercial basis from January 4 with the new CT392 service operating between Tylers Cross and Hoddesdon Rye Park via Nazeing and Broxbourne.
Mr Bassett said: "With the short timescale the service will operate initially under what is called a 'section 19 licence' which means people will have to pay a fare of £3.50 single or £5 return.
"Due to legislation, concessionary bus passes cannot be accepted under this licence. However we have applied to the Bus Commissioner to operate the service under a Section 22 licence.
"Once this is accepted by the Commissioner then concessionary bus passes will be accepted in the usual way.
"We are hoping the Traffic Commissioner will support the Section 22 licence as soon as possible and ourselves and Essex Passenger Transport are chasing for a short approval but it can take up to 56 days from application.
"I am sure people will appreciate Community Transport are trying to make sure a continuation of service from when the 392 ceases."
Part of the section 19 licence means people must become a member of a group to travel. In this case the 'group' is Nazeing Parish Council.
On boarding the bus, passengers will need to give their name and post code to the driver, allowing them to be part of 'the group'.
Mr Bassett said: "This is great news for the residents of Nazeing and parts of Roydon and will put many minds at peace before Christmas.
"Epping Forest Community Transport is playing an ever more critical role in rural communities and without them many people could not get to school, to doctors and hospitals and generally get anywhere."
Epping Forest Community Transport co-ordinator Angela Canham said: "Epping Forest Community Transport is running a positive, effective, sustainable community transport service, which benefits the lives of the community.
"Epping Forest Community Transport is a customer-focused transport service aimed at improving access to health, education, social and economic opportunities to all sectors of the community by providing a service for the people who have difficulty accessing conventional transport because of restricted mobility or because there is no alternative form of passenger transport."