Saturday, 25 November 2017

DATE FOR THE DIARY - Saturday 2nd December - Ensignbus Vintage Bus Day

Only a week to go before the annual splendid event that links Essex with Kent.

Saturday 2nd December:  The Ensignbus Vintage Bus Day and several ‘surprise’ and ‘guest’ vehicles should appear. This year, the X81 is extended beyond Grays to Tilbury Ferry to allow use of a different mode of transport across to Gravesend, should; you so wish. Separate fares on the ferry although it is understood that Concessionary Pass holders may travel free on the ferry.



There are changes to the Vintage Bus Day fares for this year.  Unlimited travel Adult ‘Running Day+  Day Tickets’ are £10 (also valid across the normal local route network).  Child fares are separate but there is a Child (5-15 years old) Running Day Ticket at just £2, and is valid on X21/X55/X81 only and provided they are accompanied by an adult. There is no Family Ticket as such this year.  As usual, tickets such as Concessionary Passes, Essex Savers, Oyster Cards, London Travelcards and other bus or train company issued tickets are NOT VALID on these routes. Full timetable and fares details will be in the ‘events’ list on the LOTS website and on  www.ensignbus.com but the extract is as follows:

The X55 Upminster Station – Corbets Tey- Aveley – Lakeside-  Greenhithe Station – Bluewater – Gravesend West Street (stop E on the Riverfront near the Tilbury Ferry).
Upminster        -----     0856    0926  then 26/56 to 1656 1726  1756    1826   (depart stop B)                              
Lakeside           0851  0921    0951  then 51/21 to 1721 1751  1821    1851   (calls at bay N)                     
Bluewater         0921  0951    1021  then 21/51 to 1751 -----  -----    -----     (calls at bay 12)                   
Gravesend        0945  1015    1045  then 45/15 to 1815 -----  -----    -----     (arr West Street stop E) 

Gravesend         -----   ------    0956    1026  then 26/56 to 1756             1826                                                   (depart West Street stop E). 
Bluewater          -----   0952    1022    1052  then 52/22 to 1822             1849     (calls at bay 12)
Lakeside           0952  1022    1052    1122  then 22/52 to 1852   1917     (calls at bay B)
Upminster        1017  1047    1117    1147  then 47/17 to 1917   1941  
Additional short journeys on X55 1106 Lakeside to Gravesend (1200),1541 Gravesend to Lakeside(1637).

The X81H Shenfield Station- Brentwood (High Street stop G then Station 5mins later) – Great Warley- North Ockendon – Lakeside –  Grays Bus Station – Tilbury Ferry. 

Shenfield Stn    ----      0920    0950  then 20/50 to 1720   1750  1820  1835  (depart Station)
B’wd High St     ----      0927    0957  then 27/57 to 1727   1757  1827  1842  (calls at stop G)
Lakeside           0933    1003    1033  then 03/33 to 1733   1833  1903  -----   (calls at bay  N)                  
Grays Bus Stn  0943    1013    1043  then 13/43 to 1743   ----      ----   -----                                               
Tilbury Ferry    1000    1030    1100  then 30/00 to 1830   ----      ----   ----

Tilbury Ferry    -----     ---       1019   then 19/49 to 1749  1815  1845                                                        
Grays Bus Stn  0935    1005    1035   then 35/05 to 1805    1831          1901   (departs from Bay 3)
Lakeside           0945    1015    1045   then 45/15 to 1815    1841r         1911r   (calls at Bay K)
Bwd Hgh St      1022    1052    1122    then 52/22 to 1852     ----  ----      (calls at stop A)
Shenfield Stn               1029    1059    1129   then 59/29 to 1859                                             ----                -----         (r = on request only)

The X21 Upminster Station- Hall Lane- Brentwood High Street- Kelvedon Hatch- Ongar, Four Wantz.
Upminster Stn                  0922  0952 then 22/52 to 1722  1752   (departs from stop E)
Brentwood High St            0941  1011 then 41/11 to 1741  1811   (calls at stop B)                                   
Ongar Four Wantz           1005  1035 then 05/35 to 1805   -----

Ongar Four Wantz           1007  1037 then 07/37 to 1737  1807                                                                       
Brentwood High St            1033  1103 then 33/03 to 1803  1832   (calls at stop G)                                         
Upminster Stn                  1049  1119 then 49/19 to 1819  1847

Additionally, several special and/or unusual vehicles (which are not suitable for the main services) will run loops around the Lakeside area during the day.  Space will be limited on these.



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