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November 2017 Newsletter

Dear <<Comms name>>,

It’s been a while since our last newsletter and a lot’s been going on, with legal action to get buses back, a meeting which led to a new bus service and lots of work on the draft Cycling Action Plan.

Would you be interested in helping us with our campaigning work?

Please click here to let us know (but not until you’ve read the rest of the email!):

Get involved!


The big bus news is that we’re taking legal action against Essex County Council for their decision to axe the evening 250 and 251 services.

Bindman’s solicitors are helping us with a judicial review into the decision, pointing out problems with the Equality Impact Assessment, inadequate consideration of alternatives and the under-reported passenger numbers that were used to calculate the subsidy per passenger journey.

You can read more about that, and the initial letter from Bindmans to the county council, here: 250-251 Judicial Review
On a happier note we were very pleased to host a meeting in early October between parents of Epping St John’s students and Chris Hunn of EOS Buses.

Parents from Waltham Abbey had raised concerns around timetabling and fares on the 13 service, which replaced the 213.

As a result of the meeting Chris offered to trial an additional 13A service with reduced fares and a timetable more suited to serving the school. The service has been well received by parents and students.

Read more here: Meeting leads to new bus service for Epping St Johns


Essex County Council are proposing 17 new cycling schemes for Waltham Abbey in their draft Cycling Action Plan. There’s some stuff you’ll like – and some proposals that might not help much at all.

We’d like your help in sending feedback, so that the end result actually supports the council’s Cycling Strategy: to provide “Continental standard cycling facilities” so that “residents have the opportunities needed to enjoy a healthy life”.

Read more and find out how to take part here: Cycling in Waltham Abbey – your say


Are you going to the North Weald Fireworks Party on 3rd November?

If so, why not leave the car at home?

EOS buses are putting on special services from Harlow, Ongar and Waltham Abbey.

Click here for timetables and fares: EOS lay on buses for North Weald Fireworks Party