By Local Democracy Reporter
A THURROCK bus service could be rerouted to stop at two of the four new medical centres that will replace Orsett Hospital.
The council will be looking for bus providers to take on the delivery of bus services 11, 374 and 265 when the current contract expires on March 31, 2019.
Council documents propose that the number 11 service could be rerouted to stop at the planned Integrated Medical Centres in Grays and Corringham and no longer operate along the A13, where it often faces delays due to roadworks.
The service is currently operated by First Essex and serves passengers travelling between Basildon and Purfleet. Stops include Basildon Hospital and Orsett Hospital.
The decision to close Orsett Hospital has been extremely unpopular in Thurrock where many residents question why the NHS is not replacing it with a new hospital and fear the medical centres will mean losing services.
It is anticipated that the medical centres will be open by the end of 2021. The changes to the bus services will be discussed on September 11 at Thurrock Council’s Planning, Transport and Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee.