Brentwood: Our new 71c commuter service between Costead Manor and Brentwood Station is being launched Monday 30 April. Please see our news section for further information and a link to the timetable. There are some minor timing changes on the existing 71 and 72 too.

News & Updates

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Starting on Monday June 2, the first 3 buses on Monday to Friday mornings on service 61 (Fossetts Park Clipper) will divert via Stock Road and Chandlers Way, to better serve the Temple Farm Industrial Estate.  These buses leave Southend Travel Centre at 0654, 0724 and 0754.

There is no change to the timetable on Saturdays or Sundays.

The new timetable is on-line here.

The new Stephensons Boreham bus depot was officially opened on Monday 19th May.

Guests, including representatives from Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council and Suffolk County Council, trade suppliers, fellow bus operators etc., were able to inspect the fully-equipped maintenance facility with a state-of-the-art electronic rolling road for brake testing together with the latest vehicle diagnostic equipment.   

Also available for inspection was the Ticketer system used on buses to issue tickets, read smartcards, and provide real-time location and timing data, and the GreenRoad driver eco-manager/tracking system which monitors and encourages safe and economical driving.  Six Stephensons drivers have already gained the accolade of elite GreenRoad status.   

Managing Director, Bill Hiron described the steady progress of Stephensons since the 1970s to become what is now the largest independent local and school bus operator in Essex. Building and preparing the new depot to replace outmoded premises in Witham was a challenging task and thanks were due to staff and to the many local contractors and tradespeople for their tremendous efforts in meeting the target.

Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation, Cllr. Rodney Bass then paid tribute to the years of valued partnership between the County Council and Stephensons in the provision of both local and school bus services throughout the county.

Finally, Essex County Council Chairman Cllr. Norman Hume unveiled the ceremonial plaque and declared the new depot officially open. The plaque will receive pride of place in the entrance lobby to the offices.

The £800,000 depot is the latest investment by the Company. Already this year, new and modern, pre-owned buses, costing £1.6m, have joined the fleet, with a further two due in August.  All buses now used on Stephensons local services in Essex and Suffolk (and 70% of those used on school services) meet the latest accessibility and environmental standards, being buggy and wheelchair-friendly, and fitted with green, low-emission engines.

If you wish to view images from the day, please click here

The roadworks on Ashingdon Road close to the school have now finished.  Buses will return to their normal times from Wednesday morning, May 21.

Thank you for your patience during this disruption.

The roadworks on Ashingdon Road have now finished.  Buses 815 and 816 will return to their normal routes, stops and times from Wednesday morning, May 21.

Thank you for your patience during this disruption.

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

Saturday May 24 - normal Saturday service on all routes

Whit Sunday, May 25 - no service except routes 6 & 61 in Southend

Whit Monday, May 26 - no service except routes 6 & 61 in Southend (61 running to the extended hourly Bank Holiday timetable)

Tuesday May 27 to Friday May 30 - normal school holiday timetables on all services.

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!

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