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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.

 

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Journey planners and timetable information

 

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

·           HarlowBuses.info all services in & around Harlow (successor to Harlowride)

·           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 (**NEW**) and Twitter feed

·           Here To There Publishing - suppliers of county-wide timetable books

·           All-Essex bus timetable book (link to buy)

·           see also various operator sites listed below

 

Major Operators & Dealers

 

·           Arriva Colchester (prev. Network 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

·           Regal Busways and Regal Explorer excursions

·           Stephensons of Essex

 

Smaller Operators

 

·           Acme Transport Services, Takeley

·           Amber Coaches, Rayleigh

·           APT Coaches, Rayleigh

·           Arrow Taxis, Maldon

·           Barker Bus, Harlow

·           Brentwood Coaches

·           Carters Coaches, Capel St Mary

·           Chambers of Bures

·           Cooks Coaches, Westcliff

·           Crusader Holidays (Motts Travel), Clacton

·           Dons Coaches, Dunmow

·           EOS London/Vigar Travel, Rainham

·           Flagfinders, Braintree

·           Fords Coaches, Althorne

·           Fourways Coaches, Chelmsford

·           Galleon Travel, Roydon

·           Tony Glew, Colchester

·           Golden Boy, Roydon

·           Go Ride CIC, north Essex

·           Grahams, Kelvedon

·           Hailstone Travel, Wickford

·           Kirbys Coaches, Rayleigh

·           Lodge's Coaches, High Easter

·           New Horizon Travel, Colchester

·           Peter Godward Coaches/Tours R Us, Basildon

·           Reliance Coaches, Benfleet

·           SBC Leisure, Southend

·           South East Coaches – South Woodham

·           Swallow Coaches, Rainham

·           Talisman Coachlines

·           Townlink, Harlow (site still live but operations are not!)

·           Trustybus, Roydon

·           Viceroy, Saffron Walden

 

Community bus schemes

 

·           Brentwood Community Transport

·           Coggeshall Community Bus

·           Goride (Brightlingsea)

·           Wyvern Community Transport (Rochford/Castle Point)

 

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

·           Basildon Bus Rally – June 25, 2017 and on Facebook

·           Blackwater Preservation Group – a collection of former Essex buses

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

·           Bus Users UK – formerly the National Federation of Bus Users (NFBU)

·           Canvey Island Transport Museum and on Facebook

·           Clacton Bus Rally - first Sunday in June each year but not 2017

·           Colchester Buses - Geoff Toon's site looking at operators serving the town (site still under development)

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

·           Colne Estuary Preserved Buses collection

·           EBEG on Facebook

·           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

·           The Transport Ticket Society

·           Thurrock's Transport with history from 1970 and info on current operators

·           Working On The Buses - staff stories, including some from Essex

·           Yeldham Transport Museum, Great Yeldham

 

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 ArnoldEssex 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” – mostly modern First Essex shots

·           Essex Bus Photos Google photo group

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

·           Harlowride gallery – photos around Harlow

·           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

·           Matthew Evans latest site (July 2015 on) previous site (Oct 2014 to June 2015) and original site photos - Southend Transport, Arriva, etc

·           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 and here

·           Peter Horrex - includes an Eastern National set and recent West Essex/Herts independents

·           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

·           Steven Hughes photos - lots of modern sets featuring Essex operators

·           Wayne Bell's photos - mostly recent North Essex views

 

User Groups

 

·  Bus Users UK (BUUK)

·  Colchester Bus Users Support Group (C-Bus)

·  Southend Area Bus User Group

 

Newsgroups

 

·           Anglia & Thames Valley Bus Forum (covers Essex)

·           Essex-Buses Yahoo! newsgroup

·           Essex Bus Photos Google photo group

·           First Essex Yahoo! newsgroup

 

Gateway to other bus related sites

 

·           The Bus Station – probably the most comprehensive listing of bus web sites world-wide

 

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