Thursday, 23 May 2013

Connections: First 9

Here's a quick guide to our area's newest bus route and what you can use it to connect to.

First 9 runs from Warley (Eagle Way) via Brentwood and Billericay to Basildon. You can find the full timetable here.

Eagle Way bus stop on The Drive in Warley.

Here's the 9's route in Brentwood:

Discover all there is to do in Brentwood on Essex County Council's tourism website.

At Brentwood railway station (live train departures), it connects with the frequent Greater Anglia train service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield (timetable here).

Opposite Brentwood Railway Station on Warley Road.

At Brentwood High Street, First 9 (calling at stop C) connects with several useful bus routes including TfL 498 to Romford (stop E), SM 21 to Ongar (stop B), and First 351 to Chelmsford (stop A).

Brentwood High Street stops A, B and C from right to left.

Onwards to Billericay (live train departures), from where you can catch trains (timetables) on these lines:

There are some useful bus routes from Billericay Station too. First 100 to Chelmsford leaves from stand A (as does the 9 back to Brentwood) and NIBS 222 to Wickford leaves from stand D.

The bus stops just outside Billericay Station.

Discover things to see and do in Billericay here.

After Billericay, First 9 makes its way to Basildon:

See what there is to do in Basildon here.

Basildon Railway Station (live departures) has direct trains on this route (timetable):

Basildon Bus Station has connections to many destinations, including:
Arriva 5 to Southend from stop P
First 22 to Canvey from stop Q
First 25 to Southend from stop N
First 28 to Southend from stop Q
First 100 to Lakeside from stop D
First 200 to Grays from stop E

First 9 back to Brentwood departs from stop F.

Basildon Bus Station.

If you're only going to be travelling on First buses, then use one of their own tickets. The Basildon Outer zone (for which an adult FirstDay is £6) covers the whole of route 9 and also extends to Lakeside and Southend.

If you need to use other companies' buses too, then use an £8 Essex Saver. It's valid on all buses in Essex regardless of operator (excluding Ensign X81 and journeys wholly within either Thurrock or Southend).

Plusbus tickets are valid on sections of route 9 when bought with rail tickets to/from Brentwood/Shenfield, Billericay or Basildon. Click the links to see the Plusbus zone maps.

You can explore an interactive map of all bus services in Essex here.

Click here to explore other Great British Bus Routes across the South East.

3 comments:

Samantha Guest said...

I am trying to find a bus that will take me as close to the Spire Hartswood Hospital as possible on Eagle way, coming from Brentwood Station. Does the number 9 bus pass the juntion of Warley Hill, Warley Road, Mascalls Lane and Eagle Way? What is the closest bus stop to the hospital? Appreciate if you can help, am finding it hard to find this informatioin

SotonBus said...

Hi Samantha, the nearest stop the 9 serves is on The Drive, just by its junction with Eagle Way. It's right at the end of the 9's route and can be seen on Google Maps at https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Warley+(Brentwood),+Eagle+Way+(SE-bound)/@51.6008495,0.2928857,16z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x47d8bead6d7f4fdb:0x26316e5c9d56e677!2sSpire+Hartswood+Hospital!3m1!1s0x47d8beb36e14d8ed:0x2c6908781108ba01

It only takes 6 minutes to walk from the bus stop to the hospital.

SotonBus said...

Amber 269 and Ensign X81 serve Warley Road including the stops by the crossroads you mention near the hospital. They both run from the railway station, but neither is particularly frequent, so either plan your journey carefully or use the 9 if you can walk a bit at the end.

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