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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: 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

None currently

Recent closed consultations

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 is being assessed.

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.