PUBLICITY ISSUED BY SMALLER OPERATORS IN ESSEX DURING 2001 -COMPILED BY IAN TAYLOR
Once again I am pleased to be able to provide details of the timetable leaflets issued by the counties’ smaller bus operators during the last year. As always, I have tried to be as comprehensive as possible but doubtless there have been others which I have not seen and I would be grateful for a note of these.
BURTONS OF HAVERHILL
A slimline leaflet was produced for the X38 London service dated 1st January 2001. This replaced the “stop gap” version issued in November 2000.
An 18 page booklet entitled “Excursions 2001” was issued in June which included full timetables for routes B1/B11/B31, B4, B6 and B14. Revisions on 22nd December 2001 led to the issue of a single sided A4 timetable sheet for route B6 and a double sided A4 sheet for routes B1/B11/B31. Both were printed on yellow paper.
A double sided A4 timetable leaflet was issued dated 1st July 2001 which included all services.
Revisions from 1st January provided the first item of publicity for 2002.
A twice folded multi-coloured leaflet was issued advertising the “Official Tour of Colchester” which began on 2nd June 2001. A rudimentary route map was included, together with a list of stops.
A sky blue A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced by Essex County Council for routes 851-854 dated
1st April 2001.
COGGESHALL COMMUNITY BUS
A pink A4 leaflet folded to A5 was issued showing the revised timetable introduced on 21st May 2001.
Single sided A4 timetable sheets were issued for the Brock Hill to Maldon service dated 3rd September 2001 and 17th September 2001 following two timetable changes in quick succession.
FOUR COUNTIES BUSES
A pink A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced by Essex County Council for route 313. It was cover-dated 14th September 2001 although the timetables inside were incorrectly dated 4th September 2000.
The summer timetable leaflet was dated 1st May 2001 to 31st October 2001 with purple print on white paper whilst the winter timetable was dated 1st November 2001 to 30th April 2002 and had blue print. A small green leaflet advised of a Christmas supplement of £6 per adult for travel on 24th,26th,31st December and 1st January 2002.
GRAVESEND - TILBURY FERRY
The Gravesend - Tilbury Ferry has a history stretching back 600 years; which, needless to say, I will not be recounting here! White Horse Fast Ferries had latterly run the service, but went into liquidation in May. The service itself did continue for a while until cessation following a crisis over unpaid wages for the crews. During October 2001 Captain John Potter of the “Lower Thames and Medway Boat Company” stepped in to reinstate the service for a trial period of three months, using two vessels: Martin Chuzzlewit (the mainstay) and Princess Pocahontas (standby). The last timetable issued by White Horse was a single sided black and white A4 leaflet folded to “slimline” dimensions dated30th April 2001. The new operator continued to issue this leaflet but with it’s own logo substituted and a couple of telephone numbers amended in manuscript.
A new “Tollesbury & Surrounding Area Bus Guide” was issued on 4th June 2001 together with a double sided A4 leaflet also dated 4th June for routes 50,80,84.
A “Spring into Summer 2001” leaflet gave details of day excursions from the Tendring Peninsula together with timetables for routes 600/602/603. A slimline leaflet (i.e. a twice folded A4 sheet) was issued for route 89 following changes on 11th June 2001. Essex County Council produced some pink A4 leaflets folded to A5 for Sunday evening journeys on routes 7/8A dated 8th April 2001, 73/73A dated 29th October 2001 and for route 91 dated 14th April 2001. Likewise pink A5 leaflets were issued for route 95 dated 14thApril 2001 and for the Sunday evening journeys on routes 10 and 17/18 from 1st April 2001. A standard Village Link leaflet appeared for route 16 dated 2nd April 2001.
IMPERIAL BUS COMPANY
A double sided green A5 leaflet was issued for routes 100,108 and H1 following revisions on 3rd September 2001. Green A5 leaflets were also provided by Essex County Council for routes 46 dated 2nd April 2001 and 5th November 2001, 200/201 dated 1st April 2001 and for the Sunday service on route 500 from the same date. A green A4 leaflet folded to A5 was issued for route 549 on 30th July 2001, whilst further changes led to the appearance of a yellow version dated 29th October 2001. Another green A4 leaflet folded to A5 was prepared by Essex County Council for new route 10 dated 22nd December 2001 which included Trustline’s new route 202. Imperial issued their own double sided green A5 leaflet titled “Improved timetable and a new Saturday service” following revisions to route H1 on 22nd December 2001.
A single sided A5 leaflet was issued following revisions to route 237 on 30th July 2001.
A white A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced by Thurrock Council for route 374 dated 5th September 2001. The pre-Christmas Sunday service, which operated between 25th November 2001 and 23rd December 2001, was publicised by a single sided green A5 leaflet. In addition an eight page, A5 size, stapled booklet appeared during December containing timetables for routes 374, 374 EXTRA and 300. This item used royal blue print on white paper throughout and although undated, route 300 is known to have commenced on 3rd December 2001.
KINGSTONS OF ESSEX
A4 leaflets folded to A5 were issued following the introduction of route 511 dated 2nd April 2001 and for Sunday and Bank Holiday route 20 (dated as commencing Good Friday 13th April 2001). A double sided A5 leaflet was issued on 8th May 2001 following the introduction of a drastically reduced timetable on route 511 whilst pink A4 leaflets folded to A5 appeared for routes 20/X20 and 375/511 dated 4th August. A revised leaflet was produced following changes to 20/X20 on 30th November 2001.
LONDON BOROUGH OF HAVERING
Timetable leaflets were issued for services TG1 and TG2 which commenced on 8th January 2001 and 29th January 2001 respectively. They were similar to those issued in 1999/2000 for the Havering Connect minibuses, i.e. A4 size, printed on coloured paper with a section of the local street map on the reverse with the routes highlighted. By January 2001 routes H3, H6 and H7 had been withdrawn; their last days of operation being 18th February 2000, 3rd March 2000 and 17th December 1999 respectively. A revised leaflet for route H2 was issued in January 2001 following minor timetable changes.
Essex County Council provided pink A5 leaflets for routes 306 and 317 both dated 2nd January 2001. There was also a white A5 for route 316 dated 2nd April 2001 and a green A5 for route 17 dated from the following day. A sky blue A4 leaflet folded to A5 reflected the change of operator on route 301 from 2nd April 2001.
MALCOLMS BLUE BUS SERVICES
A double sided sky blue A4 sheet was issued for route 555 dated 10th March 2001, whilst a single sided blue A5 leaflet appeared for route M135 dated 11th August 2001.
MEMORIES FOR TOMORROW
Single sided A4 timetable sheets were issued for Locallink service B1 (15th October 2001), Locallink H2 (2nd January 2002) and Locallink L1/service 301A (15th November 2001).
A white A5 leaflet for route 37 dated 15th January 2001 and a yellow A5 leaflet for route 225 dated 2nd April 2001 were produced by Essex County Council.
Changes from 3rd December 2001 produced two A4 leaflets folded to A5 from Essex County Council for service 222 (Southend to Brentwood) and 221/222 (The Wick circular).
A single sided A4 timetable sheet on blue paper was issued for new route OC2 which commenced on 3rd December 2001 in Harlow.
A white A5 leaflet was produced by Essex County Council following changes to route T15 on
1st September 2001. It is unusual for the council to provide a leaflet for a commercial service.
A Summer 2001 leaflet was produced for seafront route 67 similar to those provided in previous years. Unfortunately the Summer 2000 edition was accidentally omitted from last year’s publicity review.
STORT VALLEY COACHES
Two single sided A4 timetable sheets were produced for London commuter services 600/10/20/40/41. Both sheets were undated but valid from 10th December 2001. In addition an A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced for new route 630 (Braintree to London) which commenced on 10th December 2001. A note on the leaflet advised that “the service will be monitored until late January 2002. Should the service be well used then it will become permanent.”
TOWN & COUNTRY BUSES
A sky blue A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced by Essex County Council for route 140 dated 1st April 2001. It also included a timetable for route 101, operated by First Thamesway, dated 8th February 1999.
A yellow A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced by Thurrock Council for route 380 dated May 2001 which also included details of Clintona route 389.
A blue A4 leaflet folded to A5 was provided by Essex County Council for route 34 dated 1st March 2001 whilst a pink A4 leaflet folded to A5 was produced for routes 59/590 from the same date, which included journeys operated by Hedingham.
© Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group/Ian Taylor, 2002