**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.”
** Source: UKBUSAWAARDS.ORG.UK
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.
Stephensons of Essex enthusiastically support a local community event.
This year\'s Danbury Open Gardens attracted another year with Stephensons of Essex lending a helping hand. For the full story click here.
On Good Friday and Easter Monday, we will be operating Sunday Services only.
This will mean that the only Stephensons buses running are:
6 - Southend, Southchurch, Garon Park
61 - Southend to Fossetts Park
Normal Saturday services will run on the 15th of April.
Please find the Christmas and New Year Holiday arrangements HERE
Where you see reference to 61 Fossetts Park, this is the only service which will be running on those days.
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, buses will run to their usual end times, they will not be finishing earlier than any other Saturday!
From Monday August 1st there is a small but important change to the times of one morning bus on service 60. The bus which leaves Paglesham at 0916 will run as normal from there to Wallasea but will then continue immediately on to Canewdon, Rochford and Southend and will no longer stand at Wallasea.
This means that this morning bus will run 8 minutes EARLIER at all stops from Wallasea onwards. So for example, it will pick up at Canewdon Anchor at 0938 and Stambridge Royal Oak at 0944. The full revised timetable can be viewed HERE.
The changes applies all days Monday to Saturday. There are no other changes to the 60 & 60A buses.
From Monday August 1st we are making minor adjustments to the times of the Stephensons operated trips on service 91. We will still run the same number of trips but the times are adjusted slightly to better match the timetable to traffic conditions. You can see the new times HERE.
Please note that the Hedingham Omnibuses operated trips have a new timetable which started on July 25, see details HERE. Do NOT use the times shown there for the Stephensons trips as the old times are still displayed - please refer to our new timetable as above.