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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

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.

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