A brand new bus service between Shenfield and Epping, via Chipping Ongar and North Weald, will be launched by the Epping Ongar Railway on April 18, making this a real Good Friday. The service will then run every weekend from April 19 until October with additional days on Bank Holidays and during the summer holidays. Primarily designed for people wishing to travel on the Epping Ongar Railway, it will offer an attractive way to travel to Chipping Ongar, North Weald and Epping for all.
Roger Wright, Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway, said:
“As a fledging Railway we’re constantly looking at ways of enhancing the services we provide and think that this service will be attractive to people wishing to visit the Railway without travelling into London. We are also keen to develop the service for local people, which is why we’re running these buses all the way into Epping. The services on Sunday will be a welcome addition to the present 2-hourly service along the route from between Epping and Ongar and also onwards towards Shenfield and Brentwood where no route presently exists. We’ll be using our fleet of heritage buses so travelling on this route will be convenient as well as fun!”
There will be four heritage buses a day from Shenfield to Epping, starting at 1030, 1210, 1437 and 1532 with a final service leaving at 1720 that terminates at Ongar. A single fare to Epping will be £3, and to Ongar for £2; Freedom Pass Holders can travel for free.
Marco Carrara, Development Manager for the Railway said.
“The new service will help bring extra visitors to Essex’s longest heritage railway and secure a new public service for the area. Last year we carried 35,000 passengers on the railway and this year we aim to increase that number. Making it easier for people to come to the Epping Ongar Railway by public transport helps us and also provides a new service for local people. It really is a win-win situation.”