Large operator drops local service, Stephensons save the day!
Bus 9 is currently on diversion, instead of using Churchill Road our buses have been diverted along Panfield Lane by the Police because of a fallen tree.
From September 1st, Stephensons will be operating all three buses on these services to Saffron Walden County High School and Joyce Frankland Academy at Newport. There are changes to the morning bus times, primarily because of a revised registration time at JFA which means buses need to arrive there at 0825 for an 0830 start. We are also allowing a little extra time on some sections of route in light of our experience to date.
The new bus times are on our site HERE and update the timetable we originally published.
To avoid overcrowding on individual buses and improve safety at certain stops, season tickets will only be valid on the specific bus shown on the ticket (either 417, 418 or 419) and should be presented to the smartcard reader on boarding on every trip, morning and afternoon. Passengers without a valid pass will be required to pay the daily cash fare to the driver. Cash fares are available on bus for journeys between any two stops on all three buses.
Due to the closure of Collingwood Road from The Avenue to Newland St for roadworks, expected to start at 2000 hours each evening this week, buses on routes 38 & 90 will divert via The Avenue and Newland St. Any passengers normally boarding in Collingwood Rd should instead use the stop opposite The George in Newland St.
The diversion will only apply from the time that the closure is implemented each night, daytime buses are unaffected.
From MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7, times of the first buses on the 18 will be changing to ensure an on-time arrival at Newport Joyce Frankland Academy.
The 0700 from Steeple Bumpstead into Haverhill will instead run at 0655.
The 0728 from Haverhill to Saffron Walden and Newport will run 10 MINUTES EARLIER at all stops; this will apply on all days of operation, Monday to Saturday.
These changes take effect from the first day of the new term at Joyce Frankland Academy, Monday September 7. For detailed times, click HERE.
From the start of the autumn term, on bus cash fares to most schools that we serve in Essex will be increasing, generally by 10p (single) or 20p (return). To get the best value, why not buy a term ticket, which offers a discount over paying daily. To see prices for your specific journey, go to the ticketing section of our website HERE.
If you are paying daily, please help to keep the bus on time by having the correct money ready, if possible. The driver can only carry a limited amount of change. Thanks!
[Different fares increases apply to buses 417/418/419 and the new Maldon-Heybridge-Hatfield Peverel to Chelmsford 673].
From the start of the new school term, the day and weekly fares on buses 14/15 (and variations of those routes) will be increased to:
Student day return £6.20
Student weekly ticket £28.50.
Please help the driver by having the right money ready if possible.
We are sorry but due to a road closure, buses 71 & 72 in Brentwood will not be able to serve the Woodman Road, Headley Chase or South Drive section of route on August 17th to 20th (provisional dates - watch for signs at the roadside). We are sorry for the inconvenience but the section of road to be closed effectively prevents us from serving any of this section of the route.
Update: we are now told the work will not start until Monday August 10th.
Due to the closure of Wenden Road for the construction of a cycleway, bus 59 will run instead via Newport Road (and will not therefore stop outside Saffron Walden County High School), for about 3 weeks.
Once the works are finished, Wenden Road will re-open but as a one-way street, so we expect this diversion to be made permanent but we await further instructions from Essex County Council.
We are altering the times of three trips on the Haverhill to Bury St Edmunds services from the start of the new school term in September, to improve the reliability of these buses:
Service 15A from Haverhill, Chimswell Way - the bus that used to start at 0734 will run earlier by up to 14 minutes, with new pick up times at all stops within Haverhill.
(The other 15A bus, that starts at Haverhill Bus Station at 0745, is unchanged).
Service 15C from Haverhill Bus Station at 0740 will in future start from Little Wrating and will not serve any stops within Haverhill.
And in the afternoon, the 14A bus that starts at St Benedict\\\'s in Bury at 1555 will run 5 minutes later, leaving at 1600.
An updated timetable showing times at all main stops is available here.