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.
Now that passengers have had a few weeks to adapt to the new train timetable (and assuming c2c have now stopped altering it again), we are running a short survey to see which trains you use regularly. This will help us to decide if we need to change the bus times.
To complete the survey please click HERE. It is quick and easy, just three questions!
We know we cannot satisfy everyone but if we have a better understanding of your preferences, it will help us to give you the best service we can.
The survey will remain open until Monday February 8th so tell your fellow passengers now.
Due to roadworks on Nipsells Chase, buses D1, D2, D6, D7, 510, 593 will be diverted. Instead of using Wembley Avenue or Princes Avenue, they will instead run via Drake Avenue and The Drive.
Temporary bus stops will be in use as follows:
Drake Avenue: at the western end, near The Drive
The Drive – between Princes Avenue and Wembley Avenue
We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause our passengers but the closure is outside of our control. Normal routes will resume as soon as the roadworks are fully completed.
Stephensons recently sponsored a wolf as part of the Bury St Edmunds ‘wolf trail’, and these wolves were subsequently auctioned off. (Managing Director Bill Hiron actually bought the wolf himself!!)
The Stephensons nominated charity for our Suffolk bus operations is the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and Bill Hiron was delighted to forward a cheque to the charity for £400.
Stephensons are sure the donation will be put to very good use!!
Stephensons is thrilled to be increasing service frequency for Halstead.
To view the full press release, plase click here