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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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.

For an important update to information originally posted 14/02/16, please click here 

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.


The complete new timetables are available HERE (service 38) and HERE (service 90).

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.

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