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Essex County Council has launched a consultation to find out how important evening and Sunday local bus services are to you.

Essex County Council would like your views on some proposed changes and how future services could affect your community.

You can read more and take part in the consultation at:

Paper versions will be available from Essex County Council Libraries or on request by phoning: 03457 430 430 or e-mailing

The consultation will run until 22 March 2019.

For details of our Christmas and New Year service arrangements please see the schedules for the areas we cover.


South Essex (Southend, Rochford, Billericay etc)

Mid Essex ( Maldon, Witham, Braintree, Halstead etc)

Tendring ( Walton, Frinton Colchester areas)

Suffolk and West Essex ( Haverhill, Bury, Newmarket, Saffron Walden, Stansted Airport, Bishops Stortford (Herts))


We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2019.


Stephensons of Essex Managing Director, Bill Hiron, is appointed as Chairman of ALBUM.


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At a bus naming ceremony held at The Museum of Power in Langford tributes have been paid to two leading figures at Stephensons of Essex, Lyn Watson and Chris McCormick, who both sadly died in May 2017.


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As per other years, there will be no services running on Good Friday and Easter Monday.  We wish you all a pleasant break.

(17:54)  All Suffolk services are now being withdrawn for the evening, our local supervisors have been out and assessed the areas , conditions are too poor to continue. ) 14/15, 16, Breeze. This also affects Village Link 5/6 and 301, sorry.

(17:35) 38 The 17:53 departure from Halsted will only run as far as Silver End. There will be no service past that point @ 19:00,  this means that the journey that was expected to leave Witham, Collingwood Road  @ 19:21 will not run, sorry.

(17:08) Road conditions have become significantly worse in Witham and Maldon, ( Market Hill is awful, again!)

90  The last bus from Maldon will be the 17:10 from Morrisons, it will not be able to serve the Dorset Road / Acacia areas.

90 The last bus back from Witham to Maldon will be the 18:00  from Forrest Road, (18:11 from the Railway Station)

39 Conditions have made us take the regrettable decision to suspend services with immediate effect, sorry.


(09:05) 505 and 506 will NOT run this afternoon.

(08:23) Service 14/15 – After leaving Haverhill  Bus station the bus will serve Roman Way then Millfields Way taking the main A143 out to Kedington. After serving Kedington the bus will operate via the main road A143 to Chedburgh. Follow the normal route to Chevington Greyhound, then back to Chedburgh to follow the A143 into Bury St Edmunds. -( return the reverse of outward)

(08:20) Village Link 6 s on diversion. From Saffron Walden, it will travel via Debden road as far as Cromwell Road, then along Cromwell Road onto Peaslands road. Then onto Thaxted road turning right to carver barracks, then left into Debden village. From Thaxted will divert via Great Dunmow & the A120 to the Airport. Broxted will NOT be served.

(08:17) Service 60 Haverhill - Saffron Walden The peak journey this morning was unable to serve Hellions Bumpstead. The 60 will be on diversion all day via Sturmer and New England to access Steeple Bumpstead.

(08:16) Service 59 Haverhill this will not operate today, sorry.

(08:05) Tendring services.

Better news now, 105, 107, 9 will run albeit with the following temporary arrangements:

Service 9: from Walton they cannot serve the back roads so they will travel on the main road out of Walton to Frinton. They will go in and out of Frinton via Old Road and then the line of route to great Holland and the same in reverse.

Service 105/107 will go on the line of route as far as Weeley council offices then directly to Colchester via Elmstead market and Frating. They will stand in Colchester and leave on time and go directly to Weeley Council Offices then resume the normal route to Walton.

Services will start:

105 from Walton 09:10

105 from Colchester 09:21

9 will start at 09:25 from Walton.

(07:30) Please use the bus tracker facility to locate the current position of the Uttlesford 4xx services for JFAN and SWCHS, many are still trying to get to their start points.

(07:10) Suffolk Rider 16, service operating but not serving Worlington and will only serve Warren Road in Red Lodge, ie: not through the estate.

(06:54) All Rochford based services ( SS Post Codes) running. 1, 6a, 12, 14, 17, 60, 61 -  However, Canewdon remains impassable, 60 will run between Rochford and Southend only.

(06:51) Shopper Bus 200/220  - Sorry, no service today.

(06:35) Uttlesford Schools 417, 418, 419  which run from our Boreham Depot, all okay.  Still awaiting information for Haverhill based services.

(06:21) All services in Tendring suspended, 105, 107, 9, 101, 115, 702

(06:21) NO SERVICES TO CHELMSFORD SCHOOLS TODAY -    510, 621, 623, 637, 673, sorry.

(06:20) Routes 9, 9a Braintree to Bardfield 16  Wethersfield to Chelmsford all running.

(06:15) BRAINTREE, Routes 21, 30,38, 38a All running.

(06:00)We are currently awaiting information from all of our local depots.

Here are contact numbers.

Rochford ( Southend postcode  services)

01702 541511

Boreham ( CM, CO postcode services)

01376 503050

Haverhill -  all Suffolk services and village link, 301, 59, 60, 301, 414, 451, 453

01440 704583


We strongly recommend that if your journey is imminent to contact your local depot. 

Haverhill Depot (for Suffolk and West Essex)

(07:07) Very few services operating at this time please contact depot on 01440 704583

Services  SWCHS and JFAN 59, 60, 301, 414, 451, 453 are not running, nor 14/ 15 to BSE.

16 Suffolk Rider buses heading out now. Lackford loop & Worlington will NOT be served. Red Lodge, we will serve Warren road, boundary road & turnpike road only.

The rest of the route is currently passable.

(07:38) Village Link  5/ 6, service suspended due to treacherous road conditions.


Breeze 1 now operating


Boreham, Braintree, Maldon and Rochford will attempt to operate their services although please expect some delays and possible route diversions if roads are found to be blocked.

(10:35) We are very sorry, Routes 16 and 9 are now suspended or the remainder of today. The roads are becoming increasingly dangerous to pass.

(10:39) 90 Maldon,  buses are now travelling directly from Maldon Morrisons to Maldon Tesco, we are sorry the estates are practically impassable and Market Hill, as ever, is a great concern.

(17:05) 90 Maldon  Better news now!  Market Hill is now passable. 

(10:25) 288 Tesco Shopper withdrawn today, Market Hill too dangerous.

60  Southend This service will only operate between Southend and Rochford today.

(08:00)12  Severe delays due to snowdrifts @ Barleylands

593, 503 Burnham is cut off by 3 foot drifting snow Steeple also has vehicles blocked in, we are turning the bus around and attempting to commence the service at Mayland, expect delays.

38, 38a  currently an RTC is blocking the route in the Rivenhall area. Buses will serve Conrad Road and Silver End CoOp, however, they will take an alternative route between these points and use the main Braintree Road/ Cressing Barns. (06:49)

(11:09) 38, 38a -  In addition to Rivenhall diversion we now have a problem at Bocking.  Buses will come from High Garrett, but NOT turn down Church Street.  Buses will instead travel along the A131 to travel along Coggeshall Road into the Town Centre. Same in reverse for journeys to Halstead

Shopper Bus 220 will not run today, sorry.

Walton, Frinton, Colchester

9, 105, 107 101, 115 None of these routes are operating as yet.

702,  we tried to run this service but have had to cancel due to poor driving conditions, sorry. (07:56)


Please contact 

Boreham 01376 503050 for information regarding Boreham, Braintree, Tendring and Maldon areas

Rochford 01702 541511 for Southend, Basildon and Wickford areas


please check your own schools regarding closures or Essex County Council

All services will attempt to operate today. Please be patient as there will be delays as some areas will have more snow than others. Please contact your own Schools direct or check their websites to see if they are closed or closing.


King Edmunds are closed

**Stephensons of Essex is celebrating having been crowned Top Independent Operator at the UK Bus Awards 2017 held in London today.
The company took gold, fighting off competition from across the country. They also won bronze in the Bus Operator of the Year category which recognises the ‘best in show’ from winners across the board.

The Top Independent Operator award recognises bus companies that provide an outstanding service and is truly committed to their customers and employees.

Stephensons is the largest independent bus operator in Essex and has a significant presence in Suffolk too. The company\'s successful philosophy is to operate small depots with small teams of friendly drivers, delivering reliable services. They believe in minimal layers of bureaucracy, coupled with an ability to respond swiftly to opportunities where they arise.

The company also invest heavily in vehicles, route branding, their employees, technology and communication.

Mark Yexley, Chairman of the UK Bus Awards, said: “The judges were very impressed with Stephensons of Essex, they thought they set a really good example of an operator that gets the basics right and provides a good service for its customers.

“We would like to congratulate Stephensons of Essex on their achievement. Well done from everyone at the UK Bus Awards.”



Students that have their transport funded by Essex County Council who have received a confirmation letter from ECC.

If you have not been notified by ECC that Stephensons will be issuing a ticket, we will not have had an instruction.  You will need to contact Essex County Council, 0845 603 2200.  We are unable to do this on your behalf, sorry.


Students that were with us last academic year - present your existing card to the bus machine. Provided that we have had instruction from ECC to continue your transport, the card will be “topped up” with a new validity period.

New Students – Again, provided that we have received an instruction from ECC, we will produce a card. This card can be collected from the bus driver. Please show the confirmation letter to the driver until we have handed the cards out.


Private Customers, exactly the same top up/ issue process, as above, based on what you have ordered from us.

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Stephensons - The Book

We have commissioned an illustrated history of the 45 years providing service to Essex from a single coach to a 100+ fleet serving Essex and Suffolk.

Compiled by the well-respected transport enthusiast and publisher Mr Geoff Mills this softback A4 sized publication has 84 pages and over 300 photographs.

It includes:
Illustrations of associated companies and acquisitions over the years, a Fleet List, Timetable Covers & History.

We will also send with every book purchased a current fleet list and a selection of local bus timetables.

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