• Coronavirus Update

    The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority

Service Updates

Update 03.6.20 13:30pm

Route 15 morning journey

From Monday 8th June route 15's morning journey will be advanced 5 minutes so it can connect with the 0613 train from Marks Tey Station to London. + View timetable. (click PDF timetable). 

Update 26.5.20 17:00pm

Route 88 and 89 timetables from 1st June

From Monday 1st June we will be adding additional (Monday to Saturday) journeys to routes 88 and 89 to provide more capacity at certain times of the day to encourage social distancing on our buses. 

Information about our proposed timetables are below and we welcome your comments at services@hedingham.co.uk or on 03301 020801

Please see summary below for more information. If a route isn't listed below then it will continue to operate to its current emergency timetable, this can be viewed by going to our 
timetables page, selecting your route and viewing the emergency timetable PDF.  

Route 88 (Halstead - Colchester). Additional journeys added in both directions. + View timetable
Route 89 (Great Yeldham - Braintree). Additional journeys added in both directions. + View timetable

Update 22.2.20 2:30pm

Clacton area timetables from 1st June

From Monday 1st June we will be adding additional (Monday to Saturday) journeys to some of our routes to provide more capacity at certain times of the day to encourage social distancing on our buses. There will be no changes to Sunday and bank holiday timetables. 

Information about our proposed timetables are below and we welcome your comments at services@hedingham.co.uk or on 03301 020801

Please see summary below for more information. If a route isn't listed below then it will continue to operate to its current emergency timetable, this can be viewed by going to our 
timetables page, selecting your route and viewing the emergency timetable PDF.  

Route 3 (Harwich - Clacton). Additional journeys added in both directions. + View timetable
Route 4/4A (Jaywick - Clacton - Great Clacton / Bocking's Elm). Jaywick will be served up to every 30 minutes. Great Clacton and Bocking's Elm will be served hourly. + View timetable
Route 5A (Bocking's Elm - Clacton). Enhanced hourly timetable. + View timetable
Route 6 (Point Clear - Clacton). Enhanced hourly timetable. + View timetable
Route 74 (Clacton - Colchester). Enhanced hourly timetable. + View timetable
Route 97/98 (Walton - Clacton). Enhanced combined half hourly timetable. + View timetable
Route 134 (Holland - Clacton). Enhanced morning timetable every hour. + View timetable
Route 135 (Bocking's Elm - Clacton). Enhanced morning timetable every hour. + View timetable
Route 137 (Great Clacton - Clacton). Enhanced hourly timetable, up to every 40 mins during peak times. + View timetable
Route X76 (Clacton - Colchester). Enhanced hourly timetable. + View timetable


Update 20.5.20 09.30am

Important advice for those using buses

When travelling by bus please:

  • use a face covering to protect our drivers and other passengers, and don’t travel if you feel unwell
  • check our special timetables on line
  • take hand sanitizer to use before and after your journey, or wash your hands, and before you touch your face
  • buy a ticket in advance on our App or use contactless (or the exact change if you don’t have a bank card)
  • give priority to those with mobility issues
  • try to keep 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household, whilst queuing, whilst getting on and off, and whilst on the bus
  • consider waiting for the next bus if your bus is a quarter full.

Your safety is our priority.

Read our full advice for those using buses here.

Update 15.5.20 10.30am 

Good News

We are busy preparing to run more buses from 1st June when the lockdown is expected to be eased again.

New timetables will be live on our website from Saturday 23rd May 2020


Update 13.5.20 17:00pm

Please be aware that our buses are reserved for those who cannot walk, cycle or drive and need to:- 

  • Travel to work or school
  • Seek/offer medical attention or supplies
  • Shop

 You should not use our buses to go to places to exercise.


Update 28.4.20 13:00pm

Additional route 3 journey

From Monday 27th April 2020 an additional Mondays to Saturdays journey will operate on route 3. The journey will depart Harwich Bus Station at 1910, arriving in Clacton Town Centre at 1950. We apologise for the delayed notice of this additional journey. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 3 timetable

Update 22.4.20 16:30pm

New emergency Monday to Saturday timetables in Clacton area

Following government advice we need to restrict the number of journeys that we operate during the current crisis, with many buses running with just one or two people on board. We believe that the timetables (see below) we are showing here accommodate basic needs to access work and shops, but would be keen to hear from people straight away if there are crucial journeys missing for key workers. 

From Monday 27th April additional journeys will be withdrawn from the timetables on weekdays and Saturdays. 

Information about our proposed timetables are below and we welcome your comments straight away at services@hedingham.co.uk or on 03301 020801. We have tried not to change journeys used by key workers - but please do tell us if you think we have got something wrong. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
Route 4A (Jaywick - Clacton - Gt Clacton - Bocking's Elm). The 0718 from Great Clacton to Jaywick and afternoon round trips from Clacton to/from Bockings Elm at 1400 and 1605 withdrawn. 
+ View 4/4A timetable
Route 5A (Flatford Drive - Clacton). The last two journeys at 1635 and 1735 from Clacton are withdrawn - alternative journeys serving Coppins Green are available on routes 6 and 74. 
+ View 5A timetable
Route 6 (Point Clear - Clacton). Generally reduced to every two hours.  
+ View 6/6A/6B timetable
Route X76 (Jaywick - Clacton - Colchester). The 0635 journey from Clacton to run Monday to Fridays only. The 0653 from Jaywick to Colchester to run at 0710 - this journey will still arrive in Colchester at 0830 as due to few passengers and reduced traffic we do not need the extra running time which we normally give on Mondays to Fridays. The 1651 from Clacton to terminate at Weeley and 1751 from Colchester withdrawn.
+ View X76 timetable

Update 07.4.20 15:45pm

Easter weekend update

We will operate Sunday timetables on Good Friday 10th April, Easter Sunday 12th April and Easter Monday 13th April. On these days Hedingham buses will only operate on routes 3, 4A, 6B, 21, 74, 97/98 and 137. First Essex will operate their Sunday & bank holiday timetables on routes 76 and 88. 

A Saturday timetable will operate on Saturday 11th April. 

If this doesn’t accommodate your travel need as a key worker please let us know straight away. 

​​​​​​​+ View timetables

Update 03.4.20 11:00am

Emergency Sunday timetables in Clacton area

Following government advice we need to restrict the number of journeys that we operate during the current crisis, with many buses running with just one or two people on board. We believe that the timetables (see below) we are showing here accommodate basic needs to access work and shops, but would be keen to hear from people straight away if there are crucial journeys missing for key workers. 

Emergency timetables are now in place on Sundays & bank holidays for the routes below. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 3 timetable
+ View 4A timetable
+ View 6B timetable
+ View 137 timetable

Update 02.4.20 20:30pm

Emergency Saturday timetables to Colchester, Tollesbury and Maldon area routes

Following government advice we need to restrict the number of journeys that we operate during the current crisis, with many buses running with just one or two people on board. We believe that the timetables (see below) we are showing here accommodate basic needs to access work and shops, but would be keen to hear from people straight away if there are crucial journeys missing for key workers. 

Emergency timetables are now in place on Saturdays for the routes below. Please note there will be no Saturday buses on routes 83/A/B and route 92. Routes 82/82A and Chambers 754 provide alternative facilities for route 83/83A/83B. Route 50/50A provides alternative facilities for route 92. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 50/50A timetable
+ View 63 timetable
​​​​​​​+ View 82/82A timetable 
+ View 83/83A/83B timetable (Mon-Fri only, no Saturdays)
​​​​​​​+ View 88 timetable (1904 from Colchester will operate Mon-Fri only)
+ View 91 timetable
+ View 92 timetable (Mon-Fri only, no Saturdays)
+ View 95 timetable
+ View D1/D2 timetable

Update 02.4.20 9:00am

The 1837 89 from Braintree will now continue beyond Castle Hedingham to Great Yeldham. 

Update 31.3.20 1:00pm

Sundays & Easter weekend

We have recently introduced a much reduced operation on weekdays in order to reduce exposure of our team at a time of minimal demand. We intend now to reduce the service we are operating on a Sunday as many of the journeys we ran last Sunday were empty and we do not wish to encourage unnecessary travel. We would welcome comments from key workers about journeys to work on Sundays so that we can take these points into account when planning the reduced timetables.

We normally run a Sunday service on Bank Holidays – Good Friday and Easter Monday. We intend the reduced level of Sunday service to apply on these days. We do not propose to run any buses on Easter Day. If this doesn’t accommodate your travel need as a key worker please let us know straight away. 

Update 27.3.20 11:55am

Routes 15, 63, 91, 92, 95, D1 and D2 emergency timetables from Monday 30 March. 

Following government advice we need to restrict the number of journeys that we operate during the current crisis, with many buses running with just one or two people on board. We believe that the timetables (see below) we are showing here accommodate basic needs to access work and shops, but would be keen to hear from people straight away if there are crucial journeys missing for key workers. 

Emergency timetables were planned for routes 82 and 83 but these will operate as normal for now. Please check back next week to view emergency Saturday timetables for routes 91, 92 and 95. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 15 timetable
+ View 63 timetable
+ View 91 timetable
+ View 92 timetable
+ View 95 timetable
+ View D1/D2 timetable

Please remember emergency timetables for routes 88 and 89 commence Monday 30 March 2020 (see below). 

Update 26.3.2020 13:15pm

The emergency timetables for routes 88 and 89 will now commence on Monday 30 March. We will also put in place emergency timetables for routes 63, 82, 83, 91, 92, 95, D1 and D2 from the same datre - more information to follow. 

Update 25.3.2020 19:15pm

Route 88 and 89 emergency timetables from Saturday 28 March (note these will start a day later than originally publicised)

Following government advice we need to restrict the number of journeys that we operate during the current crisis, with many buses running with just one or two people on board. We believe that the timetables (see below) we are showing here accommodate basic needs to access work and shops, but would be keen to hear from people straight away if there are crucial journeys missing for key workers. 

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 88 timetable
+ View 89 timetable

Update 25.3.2020 12:30pm

Clacton area routes


In-line with government advice about reducing the number of people at work and travelling – particularly on public transport - we are introducing an emergency timetable. These will go live on Saturday 28th March. At this stage Sunday timetables remain unchanged. 

Our proposed timetables are below and we welcome your comments straight away via services@hedingham.co.uk .

Select the PDF timetable named 'Emergency Timetable'
+ View 3 timetable
+ View 4/4A timetable
+ View 5A timetable
+ View 6/6A/6B timetable
+ View 74 timetable
+ View 97/98/98A timetable
+ View 134 timetable
+ View 135 timetable
+ View 137 timetable
+ View X76 timetable​​​​​​​

Please note route 7 will be suspended, but St Osyth Beach will be served by route 6 on some journeys. 

Our objective is to provide transport for key workers and access to food shops and medical facilities for those who depend upon us.

We will review our timetables following your feedback and if you feel we have not accommodated your needs, we will alter and continue to review as and when government advice changes.

We remain commited to support you with your travel plans but don’t wish for our staff to be out at work anymore than is necessary.

We would also like to reassure you that we have enhanced cleaning programmes in place with regular wipe downs on all our buses and that at present current passenger numbers are very low which enables the 2metre self distancing rule to be accomodated. 

Update 24.3.2020 12.30pm 

We are working extremely hard to maintain our network, especially for those key workers who travel on our buses. Hedingham routes will run to a reduced timetable from the end of this week – more information to follow. 

We urge all key workers to get in touch ASAP and advise which routes they travel on including their journey patterns with as much information as possible.

Email services@hedingham.co.uk or call 03301 020801. 

Update 22.3.2020 21.30pm 

Concessionary Bus Pass Holders can now use their bus pass before 9.30am allowing time to get to the shops as they open early for older people to grab their shopping as the day begins. 

Update 20.3.2020 11am 

From Monday 23rd March, we will run our bus service along a school holiday timetable. Extra journeys will be provided to support schools which remain open for Key Worker children. Please get in touch with us for information on school and college buses as this will change depending on actual opening arrangements. 

Update 19.3.2020 17.55pm

We understand how important it is for you to know early on what changes will be made to our bus services.

Therefore, we commit to sharing our plans with you for next week by 11am tomorrow morning. 

In the meantime, please use our website or our app to check our current bus timetables.

Update 18.3.2020 

For now, we are running a normal service across Hedingham bus routes

As the situation evolves, we will continue to keep you updated with any changes to our timetables, which will be published, in the first instance, on our website.  It may become difficult to keep our real time information up-to-date on our app so please keep checking this page on our website for the latest information. 

General Information

The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is our number one priority.

In response to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, we would like to reassure passengers that we are maintaining extensive cleaning regimes and following the latest government advice. We are continuing to run services to support our communities.

We are following the latest advice from Public Health England, the National Health Service, the World Health Organisation and transport industry bodies. The current government advice is that people continue to use buses and other forms of public transport as usual.

We have introduced enhanced cleaning procedures in our operations and are encouraging our colleagues to wash their hands at regular intervals. Buses circulate air every time it comes to a bus stop and most of our buses also have windows that can be opened at any time.

We ask you, our customers, where possible to make contactless payments to minimise personal contact.   You can download our East Anglia Buses app via the app store or google play.

​​​​​​​Due to the emergency nature of any temporary timetables please remember the journey planner and bus stop information in our app and website may not be correct. We hope to update these as soon as possible 

As the situation evolves, we will continue to engage with government, follow the guidance from public health bodies, and provide advice and updates to you on our services.

For more information, please go to the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/