Essex County Council has announced proposals to end their support for the 250 and 251 bus routes, which run from Waltham Cross to Upshire and Loughton/Debden respectively.
If these services are lost there will be no bus services through to these towns, or through Waltham Abbey, after 7.30pm, isolating bus users.
This will affect people who live, work, study and socialise in Waltham Abbey and surrounding towns.
Update – February 2018
Good news! Althouh the campaign to save the 250 and 251 was lost Essex County Council are looking into subsidising two new late evening services. See here for more details: late evening buses survey.
Update – October 2017
We’re launching a legal challenge to Essex County Council’s decision to axe the 250 and 251 evening services.
Bindman’s solicitors have taken the case on. There’s more information in our press release here:
You can download the initial letter from Bindmans to the County Council. which contains a lot of useful information, here: 17.10.24 250 and 251 bus services – judicial review pre-action letter
Update – August 2017
Despite massive local opposition from residents, businesses and town councils the County Council has decided to go ahead with axeing the 250 and 251 evening services from Sunday 27th August.
We’re trying to arrange a meeting with Cllr Ray Gooding, who has the passenger transport portfolio on Essex County Council, to hand in our petition and dicsuss restoring or replacing the services, along with wider public transport issues in Epping Forest.
Comments from our petition
Our online petition has reached over 300 signatures, and we’ve over 200 on paper copies. There have been some excellent comments on the petition highlighting the personal impact losing the 250 and 251 would cause. This is a selection of the comments. You can read all of them here: petition comments.
I use the 250 bus regularly (3 times a week), in particular the one that runs through Waltham Abbey shortly after 11:00 p.m. As I am 72 it will cause me inconvenience if the service is removed.
Geoffrey, Waltham Abbey
At a time that Transport for London is extending public transport with the night tube, the removal of funding for this local bus service is a retrograde step and effectively imposes at early curfew on Waltham Abbey especially for those with limited means.
Barry, Waltham Abbey
It will leave W. Abbey residents without a bus sevice after 7.30 pm. I is also a useful service for walkers wishing to access the countryside in the Upshire and Denham areas
Stephen, Waltham Cross
I need to use the bus service as I can no longer see to drive.
Jan, Waltham Abbey
I’m signing it because I come out of Loughton station every day at 8:30pm to catch the 8:35pm bus back to Waltham Abbey
Ricky, Waltham Abbey
My daughters rely heavily on this bus service for school, meeting up with friends, often they stay late at school for revision and after school activities. If this service stops I don’t know what they will do.
The most disadvantaged in our society need these buses to run and until a sensible later hour. Without them people will lose their jobs.
Sue, Buckhurst Hill
250/251 Campaign Videos
The public consultation ran until Monday 3rd July 2017 and has now closed.
This is the summary of the consultation repsonses:
These are the consultation documents, which include the proposals to cut the 250 and 251 evening services: