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George the Poet

George the Poet and First Bus release ‘ode to the bus’ poem, as research shows Brits want to connect more in public spaces

  • New research commissioned by First Bus finds that four in five Brits think buses are an important way of connecting with their community, inspiring wordsmith, George the Poet, to create a powerful poem 
  • However, nine in ten Brits struggle to make conversation with strangers and four in five would love to be better at making small talk 
  • Psychologist and expert in social sciences, Dr. Tara Quinn-Cirillo, has revealed her top tips on how to engage in small talk
First Bus' Poppy Bus in Colchester

Free travel for Armed forces Community this weekend (29th & 30th June)

To commemorate and support ‘Armed Forces Day’, First Bus East of England, is providing ‘FREE BUS TRAVEL’ on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June to any person travelling to an organised event wearing uniforms and/or medals of the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and any associated cadet force.

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First Bus offers free travel for Vitality Blast ticket holders to The Cloud County Ground on 20 June

  • First Bus and Essex Country Cricket kick off new partnership with free travel for ticket holders on 20 June - national Clean Air Day
  • It is hoped that the free travel will encourage fans to leave their cars at home and take the bus to The Cloud County Ground in order to reduce air pollution
  • Air pollution is linked to 43,000 deaths per year in the UK, with cars and vans being the biggest source of toxic chemicals in our air
  • Each double deck bus has the potential to take up to 75 cars off the road
First Essex Pride Bus

First Bus Announces Sponsorship of Essex Pride 2024

First Bus Essex is thrilled to announce its official sponsorship of Essex Pride 2024, taking place on Saturday 22nd June in Chelmsford, celebrating the event's 20th anniversary.

Diesel Bus in Basildon Jamie Warr

Fully electric, zero-emission buses are coming to South Essex

More than £30 million is to be invested in safer, greener and healthier travel in Basildon.

Additional X20 Services Announced

First Essex Launches Overnight Services to Stansted Airport

  • First Essex Airlink X20 service will run overnight between Colchester and Stansted Airport from 26 February

First Bus apprentice encourages more women to join the bus sector on International Women in Engineering Day

  • International Women in Engineering Day gives female engineers a platform to encourage more women to enter the industry.
  • First Bus' dedicated apprentice training academy offers women a clear pathway to begin their career in engineering.
  • First Bus apprentice Maddi Simmons encourages young women to apply for an engineering apprenticeship.
Macmillan Charity Partner launch 2 (1)

First Bus select Macmillan Cancer Support as new charity partner

  • Macmillan Cancer Support appointed as new national charity partner for First Bus for next three years.
  • Macmillan were chosen by thousands of First Bus colleagues across the UK operations.
  • Initial donation of £10k to kick off fundraising efforts.
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First Essex is introducing new 'Tap and Cap' ticketing technology and simpler fares across its Colchester bus network

  • Tap & Cap allows the customer to achieve the best value fare for their journey without needing to commit to long term tickets in advance.
  • Customers simply tap their payment method on the ticket machine reader next to the driver and the technology does the rest.
  • Further rollout of the Tap & Cap technology will be rolled out in Basildon in April.