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 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




·          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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