In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Essex County Council (ECC) extended the hours of operation for Essex bus passes to all day from the usual off-peak times to help people make use of early hours opening for high risk groups.
Businesses and shops are starting to return to normal and with schools preparing for a September return, social distancing requirements on bus services mean that during the peak morning travel period there will be additional pressure on bus capacity. ECC has therefore agreed with bus operators concessionary bus passes times in Essex will return to normal hours - 9am to midnight on weekdays and all times on weekends and public holidays from Tuesday, 01 September 2020. Please see Concessionary Bus Pass hours – return to normal information poster for details.
We are currently expecting a normal level of service on all routes until Sunday 22 March. We have been advised that several bus companies will be running Saturday services on weekdays, from Monday 23 March. For Operators website or Twitter details please see the operators spreadsheet in order to access the latest updates from the Bus Operators themselves.
The Colchester and Sandon Park and Ride (P&R) Services, which reopened on 6 July 2020, will now be joined by the Chelmer Valley P&R site - which will reopen on Monday 3 August 2020.All 3 sites will initially run to a reduced timetable, they will provide services between 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday, but passengers are advised to check the website or Social Media before traveling for any updates or changes, which could occur due to essential operation reasons.
The services will be operating in line with current government Social Distancing requirements and therefore there may be a slightly longer wait to board a vehicle due to reduce capacity onboard passengers are advised to be patient and follow advice from service staff; however a new queuing system will be introduced to make the process as efficient and safe as possible.
In this section you will find information about bus services in Essex.
You can also use Traveline to help you plan your journey.
Information on buses that run with financial support from us
Information on the 3 Park and Ride sites serving Essex
Information on Community Transport and DaRT services
Tailored transport using our in-house minibus fleet
Information on how to contact bus operators serving Essex
Information on concessionary bus passes, ECC tickets, Yoti Citizencard and more...
Information on travel updates and timetable changes
Use the essexbus.info interactive map to find public travel options and timetables
Information on Real Time Passenger Information and Automatic Vehicle Location
Frequently asked questions and how to give feedback about bus services
Documents relating to the review of our Local Bus Strategy 2015
Information on bus gate / lane enforcement and Penatly Charge Notices
Information on the changes to the Colchester Town Centre bus stops
Information on services that usually operate with no fixed bus stops
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