According to the County Council the 24/24a bus service, will soon stop going along Little Wheatleys Chase Rayleigh. It will instead go along Rawreth Lane to Asda. This change will happen on January 6th. (Chris spoke to First Bus’s planner today to confirm the details.)
This is good news for some Down Hall Road and Rawreth Lane residents – although if the service terminates at Asda it won’t actually go into Rawreth itself. Chris asked where the buses will be turning round – and was told at the roundabout next to Asda, which makes us wonder how just how tight and safe it will be for a bus to turn there…
However this is a shock for people who live near Little Wheatleys Chase and London Road in Rayleigh, as they will be losing this service.
As bus services were deregulated many years ago (back in the Margaret Thatcher years) First Bus are perfectly free to switch their route to where they think they can earn more money. However we hope we can find a way to get an extra bus to Asda without losing the route along Little Wheatleys.