Service 90 : Due to a funeral procession, the 90 will be on diversion until further notice. From Maldon the bus will travel along The Causeway, left into Holloway Road, right into Maypole Road, right into Prince Of Wales Road, then left into Catchpole Lane and normal line of route. The same will apply in reverse. As soon as we receive word the road is clear, we will resume the correct route. We apologise for this, but it is out of our control.

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Worsening conditions have made us made take the regrettable decision to curtail all of our journeys for the remainder of this evening. There are varying degrees of difficulties across our services. Any buses that are currently in service will continue to their destinations but only as safety determines. We are very sorry, departures from 18:00 onwards are suspended.



90   - worsening conditions, buses are being called back to the depot, the last bus that is out there will be the Witham to Maldon @ 17:30 the last bus, 17:10 from Maldon Morrison will terminate at Maldon town centre.


17:15 Hrs

Village Link 6  -  Broxted is becoming a risk to pass through buses between Stansted Airport and Thaxted will divert via the A120 and Dunmow.


15:16 Hrs

Southend service 60. Our local supervisors have assessed the route, conditions are worsening, the bus will only run between Southend and Rochford for the remainder of today.


Suffolk Services

14/15 Haverhill to BSE - These routes are running, however, between Horringer and Haverhill they will only run along the main A143 and NOT turn off towards the villages either side. Our supervisors have been out and assessed those minor roads and the risk is too high to provide a service beyond the main A143 Horringer to Haverhill Road, sorry.

16  - running well.


West Essex

Village Link 6  -  Broxted is becoming a risk to pass through buses to and from Thaxted will divert via the A120 and Dunmow.

Service 301 is operating normally, Widdington now being served.

Maldon and Witham

90   - worsening conditions, buses are being called back to the depot, the last  bus that is out there will be the Witham to Maldon @ 17:30

288 Tesco to Leisure centre only, NOT to Heybridge.

39 is running well

Braintree, Halstead

21 running well

30 running well

38, 38a running well

North Essex 

All services suspended for the remainder of today 9 Frinton, 105, 107, 101, 115  and 702.



Please check with your local depot for further information

Boreham 01376 503050 for Boreham/Braintree and Maldon services

Rochford 01702 541511 for Southend/Rayleigh/Wickford

Haverhill  01440 704583 for all services in Suffolk

In Rochford, most services will attempt to operate. Please be patient as there will be delays due to the road conditions.

No School services will operate.

No Shopper bus services will operate

Please expect delays across all services

King Edmund School is CLOSED


Please check with your own schools to see if they are open or if they intend to close early

All services will attempt to operate today. Please be patient as there will be delays as some areas will have more snow than others. Please contact your own Schools direct or check their websites to see if they are closed or closing.


King Edmunds are closed

We have Engineering Vacancies at some of our depots. We are looking for someone who has experience of working with Commercial vehicles, preferably PSVs. If you were to hold a PSV licence that would also be of benefit.

Please contact either 01376 503050 or 01702 541511 and leave your contact details so that they can be passed onto our Fleet Engineering Manager.

Christmas and New Year Arrangements can be found HERE

**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.”



14/15 - Bury St Edmunds: Please be aware that due to the roadworks that are currently being carried out at the Spread Eagle, we are experiencing severe delays on our route 14/15 services. The company has made the decision to divert these services in order to improve our reliability. Therefore from Monday 13th November 2017, until the completion of the roadworks, we will NOT be serving the Spread Eagle or The Arc Shopping Centre both coming into Bury St Edmunds & departing Bury St Edmunds. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

Service 16A will have minor revisions commencing 06 November 2017 to improve reliability on the peak runs that serve Mildenhall college. The new timetable can be found using the dropdown in the BusTracker

The annual Witham Puppet Festival will be held on the 16th September.

 As per usual, this will involve the closure short section of Newland Street between Collingwood Road and Maldon Road.

Buses heading towards Maldon and Allectus Way will leave Collingwood Road and then left turn left at the traffic lights, onto Newland Street in the opposite direction to usual, right onto The Grove, right onto Maldon Road and then left back onto Newland Street to pick up our usual line of route.

 Return will be reverse of above.

Sorry, buses are not permitted to stop between Collingwood Road and the regular stops on Newland Street.

 This diversion will cause some degree of disruption to the timetable, possibly between five and ten minutes.


You may wish to take this into account if you have a connecting journey to make.

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.

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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.

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We will also send with every book purchased a current fleet list and a selection of local bus timetables.

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