First Essex service changes from Tuesday 1st September 2020,
Service 20 Southend to Hullbridge, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday, with school day variations reintroduced.
Service 21/21B Southend to Canvey Newlands, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday.
Service 22 Basildon to Leigh Beck, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday.
Service 25 Southend to Basildon Bus Station, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday, with school variations reintroduced.
Service 26 Hadleigh to Southchurch, Saturday service increased to every 20 minutes.
Service 27/27A Southend to Canvey Leigh Beck, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday, with school day variations reintroduced, Monday to Friday evening service increased to every 30 minutes.
Service 28 Southend to Basildon Bus Station, minor timetable changes on Monday to Friday, with school day variations reintroduced, additional school day only journeys will operate between Pitsea and Hadleigh.
Service X30 Southend to Stanstead Airport via Southend Airport and Chelmsford, additional Monday to Friday round trips at 05.45 & 17.45 from Chelmsford to Southend, returning at 06.50 & 19.00, some peak journeys will be re-timed and removed from Broomfield Hospital.
The following school day services are reintroduced, these services will only be available to school children aged 18 & under,
Service 625, 725, 820, 822, 825, & 827.
Arriva service changes school times:
Two buses will run together on the following journeys:
06.25 service 7 from Landwick,
06.33 service 7 from Shoeburyness,
06.55 service 7 from Chichester Road,
07.23 service 7 from Southend,
13.50 service 7 from Rayleigh,
14.16 service 7 from Rayleigh,
14.46 service 8 from Rayleigh,
15.01 service 7 from Rayleigh,
15.21 service 8 from Rayleigh,
15.23 service 9 from Rayleigh
The 14.22 service 7 from Ashingdon School bus will be renumbered S7.
The 08.08 Southend to Westcliff Schools and 15.45 Westcliff Schools to Southend service 29 journeys will be renumbered S29.
Route numbers that begin with an S are reserved for school, sixth form and college pupils only,
If your journey has a new additional bus, two buses running together or bigger bus, social distancing and reduced capacity rules will apply, which clearly marked out onboard, if you are over 11you will will be required to wear a face covering on these services, exemptions apply, we have ensured there is plenty of capacity on these services.
The full service on Stephensons service 14 resumed from 1st September.
Concessionary pass restrictions will return to normal from 1st September thereby ending the temporary extension to the usage of these passes before 09.00am on Mondays to Fridays.
First service changes from Sunday 2nd August
20 – Minor retiming of some Monday to Friday morning peak journeys. The Sunday service frequency increases to every 30 minutes
21 – Minor retiming of some Monday to Friday morning peak journeys
22 - The Sunday service frequency increases to every 30 minutes
25 - The Sunday service frequency increases to every 30 minutes
27 – Minor retiming of some Monday to Friday morning peak journeys. The Sunday service frequency increases to every 30 minutes
28 - The Sunday service frequency increases to every 30 minutes
Stephensons peak hour service 6A to / from Leigh Station reintroduced from 06/07/20
Arriva services changes from 05/07/20:
Service 1 Rayleigh – Shoeburyness - will revert to its near normal timetable. (Excluding some school journey - Timetable Mon – Friday every 10 mins Saturday every 12 mins and Sunday every 30 mins.
Service 4a Southend – Shoeburyness. Normal Sunday Service reintroduced.
Service 6 Southend – Temple Sutton. Timetable Monday – Saturday every 40 minutes. Sunday Every hour.
Service 7/8 Great Wakering – Rayleigh. Will revert to its near normal timetable. (Excluding some school journeys). Core timetable over central part of route Monday – Saturday every 15mins. Sunday Every 30 mins.
Service 9. Will revert to its normal timetable. Timetable Monday – Saturday Every 12 mins Sunday Every 30 mins.
Service 29. Southend – Belfairs. Timetable Monday – Saturday every 30 mins. Sunday Every 60 mins.
From 05/07/20 First are provided a daily service on X30 every 2 hours with most journeys continuting to serve Broomfield Hospital providing a direct link from South East Essex.
Increased Saturday service of every 20 minutes to be provided on First services 20, 22, 25, 27, 28 from Saturday 4th July.
As the lockdown in eased and more workplaces and retail locations reopen there have been improved frequencies on Monday to Fridays only compared with the level of service provided during the lockdown. First improved frequencies from 1st June and Arriva from 15th June. Stephensons provided enhanced timetables from 8th June. Full details via the operator links below or the SABUG facebook page. In most cases Saturday and Sunday services remain less frequent than they were pre-Covid.
The SABUG facebook page has been updated regularly in recent weeks (and will continue to be so) as and when information on frequency changes is received.
Additionally, operator websites have been updated to provide full details of the revised frequencies with new timetables being issued online.
Stephensons of Essex
First Bus Essex
(After opening up web page click on Essex for Southend services.)
Weekday restrictions on the use of concessionary bus passes remain suspended.