In 1995 Badgerline group merged with GRT LTD (Grampian Regional Transport) and from 1998 this company was
known as First group. First, like Arriva, started to adopt local company identities though they never carried on the
vehicles - Thamesway thus became First Essex, along with Eastern National.........and so the story goes full circle!
Services remain largely unchanged on route 100 (Chelmsford - Lakeside), though route 37 has been re-routed and
re-numbered to 200. Route 269ís Thurrock Council contract was lost to Imperial and the Lakeside - Chafford Hundred
station shuttle is no more now that the link bridge between the two is open.