Local independent bus company Stephensons of Essex has raised £500 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, following its popular Olympian Running Day around Bury St Edmunds on 4th June.
Six of Stephensons remaining double-deck Olympian buses, due to be withdrawn this year, provided the service on routes between Bury and Haverhill/Newmarket. In addition a guest Olympian from Fords Coaches provided free tours around Bury town centre.
Managing Director Bill Hiron commented: We were delighted to see so many people riding on and photographing these fine old workhorses – not just bus enthusiasts, but members of the public taking in the atmosphere on what was a fine sunny day. To raise £500 for such a worthy cause as the local Air Ambulance was an added bonus, and our thanks go to everyone who bought day tickets, souvenir brochures, or just donated on the day.
We are experiencing delays and short notice diversions to various bus services today due to flooding after last night\\\'s storm. Services in the Maldon area are particularly affected, including the 90 and 288, with services D1 & D2 getting back to normal.
Please bear with us, your drivers are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances.
Last August we started bus 23 from Belfairs to Leigh, running two days a week. Passenger numbers have been lower than we hoped for and the payment from Southend Council for carrying concessionary pass holders is poor, following the cuts they made in April 2015. Therefore we need to make two changes to better match the revenue with the cost of running the bus. So from July 26th, bus 23 will only run on Tuesdays and only when the schools are open.
Bus 23 will continue to run Tuesdays and Fridays until Friday July 22 and will then next run on Tuesday September 6th and every Tuesday in school terms. There are no changes to the bus times, which can be viewed HERE.
We are making some relatively minor changes to times from July 2nd, as follows:
Mondays to Fridays:
The 0800 from Halstead (0825 from Deanery Gardens) will follow the normal route into Braintree and will no longer operate via Braintree College;
The last bus to Witham (1838 from Braintree) is extended from Witham Station on to Collingwood Road; the last bus from Witham now starts from Collingwood Road at 1921 to Braintree.
The 1650 from Braintree is extended beyond Witham Station through to Allectus Way and the last two buses from Braintree are extended from Witham Station on to Collingwood Road; the last buses from Witham now start from Collingwood Road at 1801 and 1831 to Braintree.
The complete new timetable can be viewed HERE.
Our buses in Braintree will be subject to delays and diversions as a result of road closures for Braintree Carnival on Saturday June 11th.
The procession starts at about 1400 at Lakes Rd and goes via Railway St, Manor Rd, High St, Pierrefitte Way, Atheric Rd, Panfield Lane to finish about 1600.
There will be other closures for the set up and finish, Lakes Rd will probably be closed from midday until 1500.
All 38/38A buses from midday onwards until 1500 will run between Braintree and Witham via Rose hill in both directions. From about 1430hrs buses may need to pick up from the front of the bus park on South Street if Manor Street is blocked.
From 1510-1640, 38/38A to Halstead will run via Bradford Street and Braintree College in both directions and will not serve the High Street.
Service 21 will operate via Rose Hill in both directions during the above hours.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these closures which are outside of our control.
For our Olympian Running Day (June 4th), the buses allocated to specific workings will be shown here by about 0900:
Running number 1: 809 M409RVU
Running number 2: 810 M410RVU
Running number 3: 724 J624GCR
Running number 8: 862 J562HAT
Running number 9: 829 N881FKK
Running number 10: 947 H547VAT
Sparrow End Hill, Newport is completely closed to traffic causing a very lengthy detour to services 59, 60 and 301.
The diversion route will be:
From Saffron Walden ( towards Bishops Stortford, Audley End etc)
B184 to Walden Rd into Littlebury then B1383 to Audley End, then regular route.
Buses heading to Saffron Walden will use Wendens Road, ( the shared cycleway)
Buses will be running, but significant delays are inevitable.
All on-line orders received up to this morning (Tuesday May 31) have been despatched and the on-line sales portal is no longer accepting orders, as we cannot be sure any further sales can be posted to arrive in time.
Programmes will be on sale on the day from our information point in Bury Bus Station, adjacent to stands 8/9, look out for our controller in his orange high-vis. They are priced at £5 and include the bus working graph, a list of all departures from Bury and details of the free short city tours to be operated by a surprise guest visiting Olympian (not one of our fleet). Day Rover tickets will be available on all our buses from the driver, price £8.
We look forward to seeing you there on the day!
In response to your suggestions and the latest train retiming by c2c, times of the 6A buses will be adjusted from Tuesday May 31st. The morning buses will run slightly earlier to give them longer to get to the station and a consistent 5-minute connection there. Please try to help us keep the morning buses on time by having your fare ready and the right money if at all possible.
Evening buses are generally not changed except that the 1752 will go 2 minutes earlier and the 1920 will be 1 minute later, to reflect revised train times.
The new timetable can be viewed HERE.
On Saturday June 4th we are recognising and celebrating the final year in service of our Leyland Olympian double deckers, a bus type that has served us well for over 15 years.
They will be used on the following routes:
14 & 15 Haverhill to Bury St Edmunds
16 Bury St Edmunds to Newmarket
We\\\'re sorry, they are not wheelchair or buggy friendly. We apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused on this one day. However, a share of every ticket sold will go to the East Anglia Air Ambulance – a very worthy cause.