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From June 30th until July 9 (or when-ever the road works are completed), Breeze 3 will not be able to use Abbot Road or Ashwell Road due to a road closure.  Instead, buses will divert via Flemyng Rd, Westley Rd, Gainsborough Rd, Cadogan Rd, Park Rd, Highbury Rd to Priors Ave.  Buses will stop anywhere it is safe to do so on the diversion.

Normal service will resume as soon as the works are fully completed, but whilst the work is under way, ALL buses each day will divert.

We apologise for any invconvenience caused, which is outside of our control.

We have agreed a revised plan with Essex CC for the road closures on Thursday June 19 and Friday June 20, from 0900 to 1530.  On those two days, the following buses will be diverted from Blackmore via Hook End and Stondon Massey and as a result, wil run about 7 minutes later than usual; at stops beyond the diversion:

0910, 1110, 1310 Chelmsford to Ongar

1010, 1210, 1410 Ongar to Chelmsford.

Other buses on those 2 days should run as normal, subject to the contractors reopening the road on time.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused, which is beyond our control.

The Tour de France race will pass through north west and central Essex on Monday July 7.  This will result in significant road closures and changes to bus services.  The following changes will apply:

Buses 5/6 - Bishops Stortford - Stansted Airport - Saffron Walden:  a normal service will run from Bishops Stortford to Stansted Airport and on to Thaxted and Debden, then buses will divert to terminate at Carver Barracks and will NOT serve Saffron Walden, except for isolated early and late buses.  

Buses 312/313 - Gt Dunmow to Saffron Walden:  the normal timetable will be suspended and there will be just 2 return trips, Gt Dunmow - Thaxted - Carver Barracks, with no service to Saffron Walden.  

Timetables for 5/6 and 313 are here.

Bus 59 - Haverhill - Saffron Walden - Audley End Station:  the evening buses that Stephensons run should operate as normal, subject to roads reopening on time.  The trips run by Hedingham Omnibuses will not run at all and some of the Viceroy trips will not run either.

Buses 51, 52, 53, 91, 94 (Newport and Saffron Walden schools) will NOT run.

Bus 676, Chelmsford to Colchester - the afternoon bus may need to divert in the Chignall estate to avoid the route of the race.

We apologise for the inconvenience, but there are draconian road closures over a huge distance for effectively the whole of the day, which make it impossible for buses to access their normal routes.

We are making some changes to the buses from the Dengie area and South Woodham to Westcliff and Southend schools from September, due to falling passenger numbers.  Bus 503 (incl. 593) will be slightly rerouted and retimed at some stops; bus 514 (incl. 594) will have a revised route within South Woodham and bus 524 will no longer run.  

Details are shown here.  All passengers buying tickets through the CSSE office should already have received a letter from them explainig the changes and any alterations to pick up points or times.

From Sunday June 8th, the prices of Octopus tickets and the Stephensons Southend Rover are being increased.  The new prices will be:

Octopus - valid on most buses of Arriva, First, Regal Busways & Stephensons in Southend, Rochford and Castle Point Districts:

Adult Day £4.20

Child Day £3.00

Adult Week £19.00

Child Week £14.00

Adult 4 Week £52.00

Child 4 Week £39.00

Annual £520.


Stephensons Southend Day Rover - valid on our services 6 (Sunday), 17, 60, 61:

Adult £4

Child £2.70

Weekly £17.

(Stephensons Rover is not valid on Essex CC contract routes 7 and 14 - buy an Octopus ticket instead).

The diversion of service 6 in Saffron Walden has now finished and buses are running as normal again.

Thank you for your patience.

The technical problem that was preventing route maps being displayed has now been fixed.  Thanks for your patience.

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.

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