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Essex-based Bus and Coach operator Stephensons has taken delivery of two Scania double deck buses, with British built ADL E400 bodywork.  At a cost of over £200,000 each, the new vehicles represent further considerable investment by the company, which has continued to upgrade its fleet in recent years.

The new buses are low-floor, and provide easy access for buggies, wheelchairs, and the elderly. They are to the latest clean and green \\\'Euro 5\\\' emission standards, and will be used on Stephensons\\\' local bus, schools, and rail replacement services.

Stephensons\\\' Managing Director Bill Hiron explained:

\\\'We are gradually replacing our older step-entrance buses with DDA-compliant buses, both new and good-quality used models. We\\\'ve invested in excess of £4m in new and nearly-new buses over the last five years to ensure our passengers enjoy the highest standards, and this is just the latest phase of that ongoing process\\\'.

Stephensons has depots at Rochford, Witham and Maldon in Essex, and at Haverhill in Suffolk. Formed in the mid-1970s, the company remains privately owned, and today is the largest independent operator in Essex.   

From January 6th, 2014, the morning bus on Mondays to Fridays from Tiptree to Witham will run 10 minutes earlier, to ensure a punctual arrival in Witham.  The new times can be viewed here.  There are no changes to the times of any other buses on service 91.

From Monday January 6th, the afternoon bus 506 from Colchester will be altered.  It will start at the Hospital stop on the south side of Lexden Road (for the Royal Grammar School) at 1550 and will then pick up on Lexden Road at the stop opposite St Mary’s school (for all other passengers) at 1553. It will NOT stop in the Norman Way bus park.

This will enable the bus to have a quicker journey out of Colchester and hence an earlier arrival at home for you.

Please find below links to downloadable service update pdf files. Alternatively, you can look for the Christmas updates towards the bottom of the list in the Find the time of your bus search tool. Christmas services listed all begin with the word Update.

Services: (click on the service to view)

Suffolk Christmas Services Summary

Services 16, 16A and 16B

Services Breeze 1, 2 and 3

Free Shopper Buses

Please find below links to downloadable service update pdf files. Alternatively, you can look for the Christmas updates towards the bottom of the list in the Find the time of your bus search tool. Christmas services listed all begin with the word Update.

Services: (click on the service to view)

Essex Christmas Services Summary

Essex Schools

the One

Service 14

Service 17

Services 200 and 220 Shopper Buses

Service 288

Service 32

Services 38. 39 and 90 Witham

Services 5, 6, 59, 312 and 313

Service 6

Service 60

Service 61 (Clipper) Summary  Service 61 (Clipper) Timetable

Service 6A

Service 7 Summary  Service 7 Timetable

Services 71 and 72

Services D1, D2, D4 and D6

Free Shopper Buses


Stephensons of Essex, based in Rochford, has been included in the inaugural publication of the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’, a list of the 1,000 most inspiring small and medium-sized companies in the UK.

To be selected, companies had to demonstrate not only a positive growth in revenue over the last four years, but also an increase in employee numbers, workspace, contract wins or patent filings.   The result is a list of companies which the Stock Exchange said is richer and more varied than ever identified in any other exercise of this type. It demonstrates that the UK has a diverse economy with companies on the list representing over 100 sectors, from architecture and automotive, to venture capital and wine, and encouragingly from across every region of the UK.

The Exchange’s goal in producing the report is to highlight, to as wide an audience as possible, the importance of SME’s to the future of the UK economy. Its research has shown that it is almost exclusively these companies which have generated new, net job creation in the UK since the financial crisis.

Xavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group, said:

“More needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of these businesses. More needs to be done to nurture, support and encourage these companies, many of which have the potential to be the blue chips of tomorrow. That support comes in many forms: from cutting red tape, to media promotion, to providing access to appropriate finance”

Managing Director of Stephensons, Bill Hiron, explained that he was completely unaware of the company’s inclusion until the list was published.

“We are delighted to be recognised in this way, alongside some of the UK’s most vibrant companies.  Local Bus operation is not normally in the spotlight alongside some such well-known national brands, but the listing is testament to the hard work and professionalism of our staff and management team”.

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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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