We are delighted to annouce that buses 38/38A will be running through to Halstead every 30 minutes from Monday February 1st. Alternate journeys will run either as bus 38 via Freeport or as bus 38A via Alec Hunter Academy en route to Witham, and buses will continue to serve Gosfield, Bocking, Braintree, Tye Green and Silver End.
We are also making some relatively minor alterations to the timetable in the light of our first 2 months experience of running these new services - these affect some early morning and evening buses.
New timetable leaflets will be available nearer to the start date but in the meanwhile you can see the new times here.
There are also minor changes to the afternoon bus times on route 21 to Black Notley, to try to improve the reliability of the service at the worst of the afternoon school run. Those times can be viewed here.
There are no changes in February to the times of the Essex County Council supported evening and Sunday buses 21 and 352, but they may be altered from April 10th. Essex County Council will announce further details when they have concluded their current tendering exercise.
Thank you for your support for our new Braintree area buses since we started running them late last year! We hope to welcome you on board in 2016, please come and try our brand new buses - 5 already in service and another one due in February.
Welcome to the New Year! All of our services are now running to their normal timetables again and schoolday services start on Monday January 4th, except where the schhol served is still on holiday until the 5th.
Thank you for supporting our services in 2015, we look forward to welcoming you on board in 2016.
We know this may be tempting fate, but we are pleased to say that the roadworks in Maldon, Heybridge and Great Totham all seem to be over and bus 90 is back to its normal route! Thank you for your patience and understanding over the rather trying past few weeks.
Christmas is coming! In general, our buses will not be running on December 25, 26, 27, 28 or January 1*. On some routes there are revised times (early finishes) on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Between Christmas and New Year, on December 29, 30 & 31, some services will be running to Saturday times.
To see details for your service, please use the green box on the right and select Essex Services or Suffolk Services as necessary - for either county, click on the arrow, go to the bottom of the list and look for your service in the Xmas 2015 listings.
Thank you for supporting our services during 2015. Our drivers and staff wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to welcoming you on board in 2016.
* In Southend, bus 61 will run every day except Christmas Day itself - see timetable for details. Southend 6 also runs on December 26, 27, 28 & January 1.
When we started our new service 38/38A linking Halstead, Braintree, Silver End and Witham, we promised you brand new buses. Well, the wait\'s almost over! Five new British-built buses have been delivered from Alexander Dennis and are being prepared for service - fitting CCTV, ticket machines and so on.
So watch out for our smart new buses in their attractive Three Rivers route colours - coming to the 38/38A soon!
But if you can\'t wait to see them, there\'s a sneak preview HERE.
From Monday January 11th, we are altering the routes of these buses which serve St John Payne school, Chelmsford because passenger numbers have fallen. The changes are:
Bus 620 will no longer run. Instead, Silver End passengers should use bus 623 and passengers in Braintree, Black Notley & Great Leighs can use bus 621, which is being re-routed. We are sorry but there will no longer be a service in Bocking, the nearest stops on the 621 will be at Braintree College and in Coldnailhurst Avenue. Passengers from Black Notley will have a separate shuttle which will connect into the main bus at White Courts. This is a guaranteed connection but will only be available to term ticket holders.
Bus 621 will be diverted within Braintree to serve some stops previously on the 620.
Bus 623 will start from Silver End; from Witham onwards there is no change to the route or times.
There are more roadworks coming up, unfortunately! From December 9 for up to 7 days, whilst Catchpole Lane, Great Totham is closed once again, bus 90 will be diverted via Maldon Road and Walden House Road and will NOT serve Prince of Wales Road or Catchpole Lane. To avoid confusion, this will apply to ALL buses on these days, although the road may only be closed for part of the day.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works which are outside of our control.
Due to resurfacing work closing various roads in Maldon, our buses on service 90 are subject to diversions. The exact diversions are likely to change from day to day as the work progresses, but our plan is:
1) Whilst Essex Road and/or Dorset Road are closed: buses will use Washington Road and then go direct to Acacia Drive, not serving Essex Road or Dorset Road.
2) When BOTH Acacia Drive AND Essex Road are closed, we will not be able to serve that area at all, buses will run direct along Fambridge Road. This may be for about 3 days.
3) When Acacia Drive is closed but the other roads are open, buses will run on Washington Road as usual, round the Essex Road/Dorset Road loop and then back along Washington Road to Fambridge Road and on to the town centre (meaning that Spital Road will not be served).
4) When Oak Road/Wood Road in Heybridge are closed, buses will run straight along Colchester Road/Broad Street Green Road.
We apologise for the obvious inconvenience but these closures are impossible to avoid and we have not been notified in advance of the exact times or phasing of the work, nor have we been consulted about the impact on our passengers - we only know what is shown on the yellow signs at the roadside! Please be patient with your drivers, they will do their best in trying circumstances.
As most commuters will now be aware, c2c are making radical changes to train times from mid-December. We need to adjust the 6A commuter bus to suit, but it is not yet clear how rail passengers will adapt to the new times. But we expect that many of you will catch the trains that start or finish at Leigh, which generally run every 15 minutes. Hence the changes we are making from December 14th are an interim response whilst new travel patterns settle down.
You can see the new times HERE.
Once travel preferences become clearer, in the new year, we will review the times again and will welcome feedback - but please give it a week or two for everyone to get used to the new train times and to establish preferences.
And as advance notice, on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, as usual we will run at normal times in the morning but earlier on the way home - again we will connect with the trains that terminate at Leigh, so homeward buses on those two days will go at 1440, 1510, 1540, 1610, 1640 and 1710.
The Christmas Fayre will result in the closure of the High Street from about 1630 onwards on Thursday November 26. This will inevitably have a serious impact on our buses, for which we apologise, but the closure is outside of our control.
Once the closure is in place, buses 90, D1 and D2 buses will operate between Tesco and Morrisons or Dorset Road direct via the bypass.
The 16.08 service D1 to Bradwell will attempt to operate normally
The 16,22 service 90 to Witham will attempt operate normally
All journeys on these routes after that time will operate via the diversion.
Our service 95 will start at 1745 from Maldon Tesco store
Service 288 will be subject to diversion or cancellation between Tescos and Blackwater Leisure Centre