Ensign have reported on their Twitter page that they are registering a new service 31 in Brentwood between Brentwood Station and Pilgrims Hatch from 01/10/2018. First Essex currently run the service 37 to the same route. Ensign currently operate the majority of services in the area. It will be interesting to see what happens. The local bus user group has been vocal about the poor reliability of the existing 37 and First Essex caused controversy by re-routing the service, then changed it back. Ensign tried to fill the gap in the route when it changed earlier this year but quickly withdrew when the route changed back. It will be interesting to see if First plans to fight the competition. At present, First are yet to show their hand.