Welcome to Stephensons…


We are pleased to announce, as from January 2022, Stephensons will be taking over the operation of the New Horizon Travel school services. For more information  click here


From 27 January 2022, there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering.

The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.


You may have seen on the news lately, or read in the newspapers, articles relating to a national shortage of lorry drivers around the country.

This driver shortage is also affecting the bus industry across the whole of the UK, and unfortunately, this includes Stephensons.

The lack of drivers, coupled with Covid related staff sickness and isolation periods, plus a severely reduced service available from the DVSA for new driving tests, and the DVLA for driving licence processing, is causing problems on a scale the industry hasn’t encountered before.

We are doing our very best to continue to run our routes as regularly as possible, however, there will inevitably be delays or cancelled services in the forthcoming weeks.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this will cause, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Daily service updates can be found here


Locally owned, locally managed, and proudly-independent, we can trace our roots back to 1972. We’ve expanded considerably, of course, since our early days with just one coach, but our ethos remains the same. We provide good-value, friendly and reliable local bus and school services across Essex and West Suffolk, offering valuable local links essential to economic prosperity and social well-being, and employing local teams of drivers, engineers and other staff.  

We are immensely proud to have been awarded the accolade of Top Independent Operator at the UK Bus Awards 2017 – the judges noted that “Stephensons is a good example of an operator getting the basics right and providing an extremely good service for its customers”.

Our website provides information about our routes, our history and for those who would like to join our friendly team, information on careers with Stephensons.



Check which of our services is Essex and West Suffolk travel to and from the school you are interested in, with downloadable timetables.


View, download and print our service timetables. The full range of timetables for service across Essex and West Suffolk is available.

News & Updates

Check the latest service information for weather, traffic or road work disruptions, and the latest news from Stephensons.