Extended bus services re-invests in borough

GO RIDE the not-for-profit community interest company (CIC) which runs some of Thurrock’s bus services is re-investing the surplus from its contract with Thurrock Council locally.

The company has been operating the 374 service from January this year and is now introducing new early morning and evening journeys from East Tilbury to Grays and Basildon to help people get to work and college.

It also plans to operate the service to provide new evening and Sunday bus service on a three-month trial basis.

New journeys from East Tilbury will get people into Grays at 7am and 8am and Basildon at 7:15pm. The last bus to East Tilbury will be a 8pm from Grays and 7:35pm from Basildon.

The 374 service will also operate over the Jubilee bank holiday and Sundays for the next three months between East Tilbury and Grays, via Chadwell St Mary. It will also be extended to Lakeside running through the Chafford Hundred as Service 33.

Danny Douglas, Director of Go Ride Buses said: “This is about improving access to employment so we can play our part in the economic recovery.

“In many parts of Essex a greater percentage of passengers are now using the bus to get to work on a Sunday than any other day of the week.”

Thurrock Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Cllr Andy Smith, said: “This is great news. It’s great news for people using the service and it’s great news for the council, showing that by working with a community interest company has real and tangible benefits with surpluses being re-invested in the service itself.”

The new services will be introduced on Sunday, 3 June with full details available on the website www.goridebus.co.uk or by ringing on 0844 870 8479.

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