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Due to a burst water main closing Bolford Street, buses 6 and 312/313 are diverting from Thaxted via the B184 and Carver Barracks towards Saffon Walden (and the same in the opposite direction) and cannot serve Debden or Cutlers Green.  This is likely to contniue until some time during Friday May 16.

May 10 updated:  buses have now returned to their normal routes and stops.  Thank you for your patience during ths work.

From May 6th, our early morning bus 71C to Chelmsford will start from Boreham, The Cock Inn at 0621 and will no longer call at stops in Witham or Hatfield Peverel.

Over the Easter Holiday, Stephensons buses will run as follows:

Good Friday, April 18 - no service except routes 6 & 61 in Southend

Saturday April 19 - normal Saturday service on all routes

Easter Sunday, April 20 - NO SERVICE (buses 6 & 61 are NOT running today as the Fossetts Park shops are closed)

Easter Monday, April 21 - no service except routes 6 & 61 in Southend

Tuesday April 22 onwards - normal schoolday services on all routes.  King Edmund School pupils on buses 807-814 are reminded that morning buses will be running 15 or 30 minutes earlier due to roadworks.

From April 23 until April 29, Warren Road will be closed south of Red Lodge.  Buses will instead divert via Dane Hill Road and Turnpike Road.  We will still serve all our normal stops within Red Lodge, but the diversion is likely to take about 10 minutes longer than normal.

Therefore buses towards Mildenhall from Red Lodge, and buses into Bury from stops after Red Lodge, will run a bit late.  We apologise for any inconvenience but the closure is beyond our control.

Normal times will be resumed as soon as the road reopens, which may be before April 29 if we are lucky!

April 23:  the roadworks have finished and services are running normally again.

Roadworks started in Witham on Monday March 31 at the junction of Spinks Lane, Howbridge Road and Hatfield Road and the temporary traffic lights are causing very serious delays to buses 38, 39 and 90.  At present we cannot see any way to divert to avoid the works.  We therefore regret that buses may be running up to 15 minutes late.

We apologise for the inconvenience and delays but these are totally outside of our control.  We understand the work is scheduled to take 16 weeks!

From April 7th we are making some changes to Blackwater Link bus 90 to improve the reliability of the service.   We are adding extra time into the journeys to try to avoid the late running that sometimes affects the route.  The basic frequency is unchanged but times at individual stops may be a few minutes different to the present timetable.  We are also adding an extra bus from the Howbridge Estate into Witham at 0916 on Mondays to Fridays.

In Maldon, the route in the Dorset Road area is being simplified.  Buses will all go as a one-way loop via Essex Road (southbound), Dorset Road, Viking Road, Cumberland Avenue and Washington Road.  Buses will only go along Essex Road and Dorset Road once, so please board on the correct side of the road.  Buses will no longer go along Longship Way or Midguard Way but there are stops nearby in Dorset Road.

New timetables weill be available from drivers nearer to the start date and you can view the details here now.

This road closure has now finished and Suffolk Rider bus 16 is running normally again.

This road closure has finished earlier than anticipated.  Buses ae now running by the normal route again.

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