Essex Bus Enthusiasts Group





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.


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Journey planners and timetable information


·          Traveline – public transport across 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

·          Timetables are also available from the BusTimes site, select the operator, area or bus stop you require from the landing page for this area.

·          Neighbouring local authority sites:

·          Hertfordshire - Intalink

·          Suffolk - Suffolk On Board

·          Transport for London - Buses


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)

·         Panther Travel

·         Stephensons, NIBS (and group fleet list including Galloway)

·         Trustybus/Central Connect

·         Vectare


Bus Times live map - all operators in Essex submitting data


Vehicles can also be tracked from Regional Bus Finder by LVF (London Vehicle Finder - no longer just London) - see help page first!


Bus Strategies


How Local Authorities are responding to the Government’s

Bus Back Better national strategy:

·         Essex County Council

·         Southend Borough Council

·         Thurrock Council


Major Bus Operators & Dealers


·          Arriva in Essex, Facebook, Twitter

·          Central Connect

·          Ensign Bus, Ensign museum blog and Southend seafront service 68

·          First Essex, Twitter and Facebook

·          Hedingham Omnibuses including Chambers

·          Ipswich Buses

·          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

·          Central Connect, Stansted

·          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/Stansted – coach operations; see Central Connect for bus services

·          Golden Boy, Roydon

·          Hailstone Travel, Wickford

·          Keane Travel, Linford

·          Kelly’s of Essex, Nazeing

·          Kevendys Travel (Rayleigh Roadways), Wickford

·          Kings Coaches, Colchester

·          Kirbys Coaches, Rayleigh

·          Klarners Executive Travel, Colchester

·          Lodge's Coaches, High Easter

·          M&M Staffing, Chelmsford and FB

·          Marc One Travel, Horndon on the Hill and FB

·          Milestone Coaches, Canvey Island

·          Panther Travel

·          Peter Godward Coaches/Tours R Us, Basildon

·          Reliance Coaches, Benfleet

·          SBC Leisure, Southend

·          South East Coaches – South Woodham

·          Thorns of Rayleigh (Chariot)

·          Vectare, Essex & Herts operations


Community bus schemes


·          Brentwood Community Transport

·          Coggeshall Community Bus

·          Epping Forest Community Transport

·          Essex County Council Ugobus


Suppliers and manufacturers in Essex


·          Ensign Bus Sales – Britain’s biggest bus dealers

·          Marden Commercials, Benfleet – vehicle refinishers and on Facebook


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

·          Essex Bus Boys - blog telling the story of ONO59’s round the world tour

·          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

·          ONO59 - the bus that went round the world - various coverage including blog, BBC News, Leigh Times, Echo newspaper

·          PSV Circle

·          Public Transport Services in the Southend-on-Sea District, 1900 - 1955 - an ebook by Richard Hayden

·          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

·          The story of WNO481 (Eastern National KSW – the Wings Tour Bus) from Radio Jammor, also from owner Tom Jennings

·          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

·          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

·          Paul Redmond - extensive b/w collections, including:

o    Colchester Corporation

o    Eastern National

o    Osbornes

o    Southend Corporation

o    Super Coaches, Upminster & Upminster & District

o    Tillings Transport

·          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)

·          Chelmsford and South Essex bus users group on FB

·          Colchester borough bus users on FB

·          Southend Area Bus User Group and on FB

·          Transport Focus




·          Essex Bus Photos Google photo group

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



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