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Supported Bus Services

What are supported local bus services? 

Most buses in Essex are run by commercial busineses without subsidy from the local authority. Essex County Council refers to the running of these services as being "on a commercial basis". These companies range from small, family-run businesses to big multi-national companies. 

A small percentage of bus services or routes are run with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). You can find the latest list of services at the bottom of this webpage.

Passengers can check The National Traveline Service, available at: www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk for details of current timetables.

ECC Bus service consultations look to understand the impact of service changes to people using the service as well as ensuring the service meets the criteria set out by the Bus Strategy "Getting Around in Essex". You can see details of the Getting Around in Essex Strategy.


What can I find on these pages?

On these pages you can find the following information:

  • Bus services or routes which are run with financial support from ECC
  • Details of recent Consultations on service changes (including services that are being consulted on for potential withdrawal or service reduction).

Ongoing consultations

Consultation on ECC supported journeys only Witham Town Service 39, Monday - Saturday operated by Stephenson's

23 September 2019 - 04 November 2019

Although service 39 is operated by Stephenson's on a commercial basis, ECC provides financial support for some journeys. These journeys are failing our cost per passenger journey support, therefore ECC is considering withdrawing these journeys with effect from 25 July 2020.

https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/iptu/service-39

Consultation on service 313/313A Great Dunmow - Saffron Walden operated by Stephenson's

23 September 2019 - 04 November 2019

Service 313/313A operates Monday to Saturdays with financial support from ECC. The contract is due to expire on 25 July 2020. The service is failing our cost per passenger journey support, therefore ECC is considering withdrawing this service with effect from 25 July 2020.

https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/iptu/service-313-313a 


Recent closed consultations

Consultation on service 115, Weeley - Tendring Technology College, Schooldays only, operated by Stephenson's

Closed: 20 October 2019

Due to a change in Tendring Technology College finishing time it is proposed that the timing of the afternoon journey is amended to reflect the change.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed. 

Consultation on service 9, Walton on the Naze - Great Holland, Monday - Fridays, operated by Stephenson's

Closed: 20 October 2019

Due to proposed changes to the network following a revision of college time it is proposed that the timing of one afternoon journey is amended.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed. 

Consultation on service 105, Colchester - Walton on the Naze, Monday - Saturdays operated by Stephenson's

Closed: 20 October 2019

Due to proposed changes to the network following a revision of college time it is proposed that the timing of one afternoon journey Monday to Friday only, is amended.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed.  

Consultation on route change on Bus 4/4A Jaywick Circular operated by Hedingham Omnibuses

Closed: 18 October 2019

The evening journeys which are funded by ECC currently operate via Gorse Lane in Clacton and Broadway in Jaywick. It is proposed to operate these journeys as the same commercial daytime journeys, via Stephenson Road West in Clacton and Via Meadow Way (for journeys towards Tower Camp) in Jaywick.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed.  

Park & Ride Concessionary Bus Pass Consultation May 2019

Closed: 31 July 2019

Consultation on changes to the use of Concessionary Bus Passes on Essex County Council run Park and Ride services only from April 2020.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed. 

Chelmsford Park & Ride Consultation January 2019

Closed: 22 March 2019

Essex County Council is reviewing the ticketing options and fares offered and days of opening for the Chelmsford Park and Ride Services.

OUTCOME: The consultation is being assessed. 

Consultation on proposals for a review of Essex County Council’s supported Evening and Sunday local bus services - Consultation December 2018

Closed: 22 March 2019

Essex County Council (ECC) is reviewing the way it supports local bus services which operate on evenings and Sundays and carried out a public consultation. The consultation also included proposals regarding delivering ECC services differently and devolving ECC funded local bus services to communities.

OUTCOME: The consultation has been assessed

https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/rci/local-bus-consultation-2019/

Please also see:

https://essexhighways.org/getting-around/bus/bus-service-changes.aspx

Consultation - Service 11 Highwoods Circular Colchester 

Operated by Arriva

Closed: 02 January 2019

Service 11 operates Monday to Friday with financial support from Essex County Council (ECC). ECC are considering amending the timetable with the aim of improving reliability and a public consultation was carried out regarding this proposal.

OUTCOME: The timetable was amended on 17 March 2019 to improve the reliability of the service.