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One resident, Alan Stone , has written to us as follows:
Although we now have another bus (3a) serving Rawreth, which is welcomed, the new timetable is not conducive to the quick run into town for shopping, clinic, doctors etc. as this takes over 2 hours.
The reason being that if one takes the 10.05am bus from Bedloes Corner, the first available return bus departs Rayleigh at 12.01pm and arrives at Bedloes at 12.12pm.
The crossover times of buses at Rayleigh are 10.19am from Chelmsford and 10.01am from Southend (with similar repeats during the day) hence the 2 hour round trip.
Obviously Regal Travel are operating a two hour only service on the grounds of profit and economy but it is of little use if the timetable does not meet the needs of the traveller.
I have a need to drive a 4X4 but until now I have always used the bus to visit Rayleigh as it was convenient and reduced conjestion. My only alternative now is to use the No.20 from Hullbridge and walk the mile to my house in the middle of Rawreth Lane or use the car.
He also suggest a better way to run a service:
Buses to run hourly as before but after passing Rayleigh Railway Station they alternate using a circular route via Rawreth.
Hour 1. Rayleigh Station. – London Rd. – A1245 – Bedloes Corner. – Rawreth Lane – Downhall Road – Rayleigh Station.
Hour 2. Reverse of the hour 1 route.
This would mean that people wishing to catch a bus in Rawreth Lane could take one in either direction to Rayleigh or onward to Southend.
This seems a good idea but it’s up to the bus operator to decide what they want to do!