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We aim to offer a selection of links to Essex related bus sites.

This list is split into a number of discrete headings but, as with any such list, it will never be complete!  Requests to add sites to this listing should be submitted to the webmaster.

 

Follow us on FaceBook  fb.me/essexbus

 

Journey planners and timetable information

 

·          Traveline South East – public transport across the region & the UK

·          Bus Passenger News – the latest issues of Essex County Council’s monthly update of service changes

·          Essex CC Transport & Travel Update service - click here to register

·          Essex CC interactive route maps/timetables and Twitter feed

·          see also various operator sites listed below

 

Tracking individual buses

 

The Bus Times web site uses vehicle tracking data and presents it in a variety of formats, including by bus fleet numbers - ideal if you are looking to photograph, cop or ride on a particular bus.  Use the links here to access a fleet list for the relevant operator (but be aware that reporting is by the fleet number programmed into the ticket machine, occasionally machines may be on a different bus):

 

·         Arriva Essex operations

·         Ensign

·         First Essex

·         Go-Ahead East Anglia operations (Hedingham & Chambers)

·         Stephensons, NIBS & Galloway

 

Major Operators & Dealers

 

·          Arriva Colchester

·          Arriva Harlow

·          Arriva, Southend microsite, Facebook, Twitter and Live Tracking

·          Ensign Bus and Ensign museum blog

·          First Essex, Twitter and Facebook

·          Hedingham Omnibuses and Chambers of Bures

·          National Express

·          NIBS Buses, Wickford, Facebook and Twitter

·          Stephensons of Essex

 

Smaller Operators

 

·          Acme Transport Services, Takeley

·          Advance Mini Buses, Southend

·          Amber Coaches, Rayleigh (website still exists although operations have ceased)

·          APT Coaches, Rayleigh

·          Arrow Taxis, Maldon

·          Barker Bus, Harlow

·          Brentwood Coaches

·          Chambers of Bures

·          Cooks Coaches, Westcliff

·          Crest Coaches, Southend

·          Crusader Holidays (Motts Travel), Clacton

·          Dons Coaches, Dunmow

·          Flagfinders, Braintree

·          Fords Coaches, Althorne

·          Fourways Coaches, Chelmsford

·          Galleon Travel, Roydon

·          Golden Boy, Roydon

·          Hailstone Travel, Wickford

·          Kirbys Coaches, Rayleigh

·          Lodge's Coaches, High Easter

·          New Horizon Travel, Colchester

·          Panther Travel

·          Peter Godward Coaches/Tours R Us, Basildon

·          Phillips Coaches, South Woodham

·          Reliance Coaches, Benfleet

·          SBC Leisure, Southend

·          South East Coaches – South Woodham

·          Swallow Coaches, Rainham (website still exists although operations have ceased)

·          Trustybus, Roydon

 

Community bus schemes

 

·          Brentwood Community Transport

·          Coggeshall Community Bus

·          Epping Forest Community Transport

 

Suppliers and manufacturers in Essex

 

·          Bus Blinds – replica blind sets

·          Ensign Bus Sales – Britain’s biggest bus dealers

·          Marden Commercials, Benfleet – vehicle refinishers

 

Enthusiast sites, museums and societies

(primarily Essex related)

 

·          AJN 825 - preserved Bristol K5G ex Westcliff Motor Services

·          Blackwater Preservation Group – a collection of former Essex buses

·          The Bus Archive - combining the archives of the Omnibus Society and the Kithead Trust

·          Bus blinds - various Essex operators, presented by Geoff Toon

·          Bus Lists On The Web - searchable records of virtually every UK bus & coach, at least since WW2

·          Canvey Island Transport Museum and on Facebook

·          Colchester Corporation (Mark Colyer’s history and photos)

·          Colchester Corporation Trams - uniforms and insignia, Ashley Birch

·          Colne Estuary Preserved Buses collection

·          EBEG on Facebook

·          Harlowride buses in & around Harlow

·          Ipswich Transport Museum

·          LOTS – the London Omnibus Traction Society

·          M&D and East Kent Bus Club

·          The Omnibus Society

·          On The Buses Fan Club - featuring the ENOC buses and depot used in the filming of this classic TV sitcom

·          PSV Circle

·          Rally Calendar – probably the most comprehensive listing on-line of bus rallies etc, thanks to Skyline Aviation

·          Route diagrams – Westcliff, Benfleet, Campbells, City, Southend CT – by Richard Hayden

·          SCT61 - extensive photo galleries; includes some historical notes, particularly history of Southend Corporation Transport

·          Southend Corporation Trams - uniforms and insignia, Ashley Birch

·          The Transport Ticket Society

·          Working On The Buses - staff stories, including some from Essex (site currently off line)

 

Photo galleries

(sites comprised purely of photos, eg Flickr, etc. 

A number of galleries previously listed here are no

longer available following the demise of the Fotopic

site but some replacement sites are now coming on-line)

 

·          Buses in & around Southend (20th century) – a group hosted by David Moth and featuring various photographers

·          Colchester Corporation photo gallery (SCT 61 site)

·          Dave Arnold – Essex and beyond!

·          David Christie – various photo sets including an East Anglian gallery of 44 brilliant shots from 1967-1970

·          Eastbeach68 - John G Lidstone’s excellent photos, regularly updated

·          Eastern National extensive photo gallery (SCT 61 site)

·          Eastern National 1982’s gallery” – Dale Pretty

·          Essex Bus Photos Google photo group

·          Gricerman” - pictures of some of the buses passing through Mardens paintshop in Benfleet (plus lots of steam trains!)

·          Ian Banks photos - plenty of Essex interest, mainly recent shots but some historic views

·          Jonathan Bale's photos – various Essex operators

·          Kevin Smith - lots of excellent topical photos, look for sets with Essex interest

·          Nick Field's photos - mostly Eastern National

·          Paul Bateson – 1960s Southend CT etc (progressively being uploaded)

·          Paul Harvey – Essex 1987 etc and some present day shots here

·          Regional Bus Photos” – sets including EN & SCT in the 1950s and EN, ST & CBT in the 1970s/1980s

·          Shenfield depot – Chris Stewart’s collections, being added to progressively

·          Southend Corporation historical notes and extensive photo gallery (SCT 61 site)

·          Southend Transport 1974-1976, 25 nostalgic photos by Phil Clarke

·          Southend CT - English Electric official photos of tram, 1930s bus and trolleybuses

·          Wayne Bell's photos - various North Essex views (to 2016)

 

User Groups

 

·          Bus Users UK (BUUK)

·          Colchester Bus Users Support Group (C-Bus)

·          Dengie Hundred Bus Users Group

·          Southend Area Bus User Group

 

Newsgroups

 

·          Essex-Buses Yahoo! newsgroup

·          Essex Bus Photos Google photo group

·          First Essex Yahoo! Newsgroup

·          Plus there are plenty of groups on Facebook, too numerous to list here

 

 

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