New 99 bus service celebrates 15,000 passengers
The 99 bus service operated by National Express rail operator c2c and Ensignbus has reached its 15,000th passenger just four months after starting operation - exceeding all expectations for the revamped service.
c2c and Ensignbus relaunched the bus service in September 2012, extending the previous bus route between Tilbury Town station and Tilbury Riverside to also serve the local Tilbury ASDA, introducing a new wheelchair-accessible dedicated bus for the route, and extending Ensignbus season tickets to include the new service.
c2c Timetable Manager Phil Sullivan said: "We knew the improved route was going to be popular with the local community, but this has really exceeded all expectation. We anticipated we might attract 10,000 passengers in the first few months, but to have carried 15,000 people already shows what a success the new bus service has been."
Ross Newman, MD for Ensignbus, said: "We've been delighted with the success of the new 99 route and have had an excellent response from customers. Our regular driver Rick has become a popular face with passengers and the 99 is now an important part of the Ensign bus network."
Single fares cost £1 and return journeys £1.50, with child fares at half price.