JEFF CLAYTON explains how — in an era of cuts in public spending — Essex County Council works with different bus operators to satisfy communities’ growing demand for supported services while also delivering value for money to its taxpayers

First Essex has renewed the fleet dedicated to Essex County Council’s two-site park-&-ride service in Chelmsford with nine new Alexander Dennis Enviro200 MMCs, including 67195 (SN66 WKS).

In the deregulated shires of England, the local media is often poised to seize upon opportunities to pen articles about buses — often negative ones, much to the chagrin of operators who work ever harder to find new passenger growth and offer good news stories.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers