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.
Following the ending of Essex County Council funding, the following buses will not run after Friday April 15th:
Mondays to Fridays:
38: Allectus Way to Witham Station: 0638, 1903, 1933
38: Witham Station to Allectus Way: 0700, 1852, 1922, 1955
90: Forest Road to Witham Station: 0655
90: Witham Station to Forest Road: 1911.
Also, the 1841 trip from Witham Station will run at 1837 instead.
On Saturdays, the last bus from Morrisons & the town centre to Allectus Way will be at 1656 and the last bus from Allectus Way will be the 1714. Later buses will start or finish at Witham Station.
Essex County Council have asked us to change the times of the Saturday buses to give better shopping opportunities in both Saffron Walden and in Great Dunmow. Buses will now run from Gt Dunmow at 1100 and 1300 to Saffron Walden and at 1455 to Thaxted; from Saffron Walden they will leave at 1200 and 1400.
This REPLACES the timetable we published previously and applies from Saturday April 16. The complete new timetable can be viewed HERE.
Monday to Friday bus times are altered from April 11 as previously notified and there are no further changes to those times.
UPDATED March 24 with links to our new timetables - click on service number to select each one
Essex County Council have recently re-tendered many bus routes across the county and this affects some services we operate. In summary:
From March 29:
301 Saffron Walden to Bishops Stortford is taken over by us with no change to the current timetable.
From April 11:
3 Colchester local is replaced by a revised Network Colchester service 4
5 & 6 Continue with us unchanged except that the 0621 Stansted to Saffron Walden service 6 no longer runs
9 & 10 Braintree to Gt Bardfield continue unchanged but service 10 trips are renumbered 9A
9 Frinton local service is taken over by us from First with a revised timetable, now Monday to Friday
16 Wethersfield to Chelmsford is taken over by us from Hedingham with no change to times/route
18 Haverhill to Saffron Walden is renumbered 60 with a revised timetable
21 Braintree local Monday to Saturday evening buses transfer from First to us to a revised timetable
30 Braintree local service transfers to us from Panther Travel with no change to times/route
40 Witham local to Ebenezer Close transfers to Community Link with no changes to times or route
59 Haverhill to Saffron Walden has a revised timetable and some route changes west of Saffron Walden
60 Southend to Canewdon has a revised timetable with more buses to Paglesham and some extended to Wallasea
71/72 Brentwood services - minor timing changes only
80 Boxted-Colchester-Fordham is replaced by various new services from other operators
101 This is the existing 119A bus to Brightlingsea Colne College and transfers to us
105/107 Walton on the Naze to Colchester services transfer to us from Network Colchester with some minor route and timetable changes
115 Tendring Technology College service transfers to us
247 Colchester to Dedham is replaced by new Panther Travel buses 80/80A/81/81A
312/313 Gt Dunmow to Saffron Walden have a revised timetable and 312 buses are renumbered 313A
Also, the current one-day a week shopper buses:
1 (Sudbury), 8/89B/89X (Haverhill), 10 (Braintree), 23 (Braintree) are replaced by new demand responsive services - contact Arrow Taxis on 01621 874411 to book journeys;
10 (Canewdon/Lower Hockley) is replaced by new 63 (operated by NIBS), 176 (Colchester) is replaced by various new routes (operated by Hedingham).
Full timetables of our new and revised services will be added here nearer to the effective date.
Stephensons\\\\\\\' services over the Easter weekend will run as follows:
Thursday March 24 - normal schoolday services
Good Friday, March 25 - only services 6 & 61 in Southend will be running (see below)
Saturday March 26 - normal Saturday services
Easter Sunday, March 27 - NO services - buses 6 & 61 do NOT run on today (as Fossetts Park shops are shut)
Easter Monday, March 28 - only services 6 & 61 in Southend will be running (see below)
Tuesday March 29 onwards - normal school holiday services run, including new service 301 that we take over today.
Bus 6 (Southend to Garon Park):
Normal Sunday times on Good Friday & Easter Monday
Bus 61 (Southend to Fossetts Park):
Hourly service on on Good Friday & Easter Monday, 0730-1930, full timetable HERE (go to page 3)
Due to a road closure at Abberton Reservoir, the 176 bus on Monday February 29 will be diverted from Peldon and will not serve Layer de la Haye. Normal route will be resumed at Kingsford Cross Roads.
We apologise for any inconvenience but the closure is outside of our control and on a section of road where there is no short avoiding route.
Despite being advised that the road was to be closed this week, yesterday the contractors did not turn up, nor again this morning and we have just been told that the work is now postponed until 2017!
Therefore buses 6A and 23 will return to normal working immediately.
We are sorry for the confusion, this has been entirely beyond our control and we are as frustrated as you at the way this has been handled by the contractors.
Local Independent Bus Operator Stephensons has announced a celebration day of one of its most long-serving vehicle types to celebrate their last year in mainstream service.
For the full story, please click here.