The area's MP witnessed the maiden voyage of a new community bus.

Following a first ceremonial launch on September 10, Chigwell Parish Councillors again came out in force last week to wave two new yellow Mercedes Sprint vehicles on their way.

The two buses collectively cost £120,000 and will be used to connect Grange Hill, Lime Farm Estate, Chigwell Row and the library.

Dame Eleanor Laing MP met with council chairman Darshan Sunger, who was sporting a new beard, to christen the mini-fleet.

Funded through 106 funds contributed by several developers building across the town, the diesel buses will be free to use for everyone, regardless of whether they have a pass or not.

As well as providing Chigwell residents with a free and convenient way to get around town, the minibus may have an affect on future developments.

Builds planned for Green Belt land have to show that they are well connected to gain permission, and the bus service may help in this regard.