• Safer travel on our buses

    Latest COVID 19 travel safety and advice



Wednesday 3rd March 2021

As lockdown restrictions ease and students return to school and college on Monday 8th March, there will be a new temporary timetable is place to allow the students to travel on the following routes:

Click on the links to view the latest timetables

3 (Harwich - Clacton)
(Jaywick - Clacton)
X76 (Jaywick - Clacton - Colchester)

Existing temporary timetables remain for routes


5/5A (Bocking's Elm - Flatford Drive - Clacton) 
(Point Clear - Clacton)
74 (Clacon - Colchester)
97/98 (Walton - Clacton)
134 (Clacton Town Route serving Holland)
135 (Clacton Town Route serving Bocking's Elm)
136/137   (Clacton Town Route serving Asda, Great Clacton and Clacton Shopping Village)

Route 88 and 89 will return to a normal timetable on Mondays and Fridays, but with Saturdays continuing to run to a temporary timetable.

88  (Halstead - Colchester)

89 (Great Yeldham - Braintree)

School routes 16A, 19, 901, 902, 903, 904 and 910 will resume. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our latest timetables, please contact our customer services team on 0330 102 0801 or email services@hedingham.co.uk 

Monday 25th January 2021

If you have recieved a NHS vaccination letter and have booked your appointment, you are able to travel there on our buses. 

For a complete list of routes which travel to many of the current vacination centres across Essex and Suffolk, click here.  Also If you are a key worker, you can also visit Asymptomatic test centres on our buses.


As a consequence of the current emergency lockdown, we need to make changes to our bus timetables as we did in the spring of 2020. Running fewer buses will reduce the subsidy from government that we need and allow us to furlough our more vulnerable drivers. However, we do intend to continue to provide buses at the right times to accommodate those still working, and to help you do essential trips for medical reasons and food shopping.


There will be no change to bus times on Sundays, but Monday to Saturday times will change as follows:-


Click on the Route number titles to view the temporary timetables


Route 3 – Clacton to Harwich

Normal peak timetable, but only running every 2 hours during the middle of the day.


Route 4 – Clacton to Jaywick

This will be the only route serving Jaywick during the main part of the day. Please change in Pier Avenue for Colchester. Route 4 will run every 20 minutes during the main part of the day. The normal evening timetable will operate every hour through to Gorse Lane.


Route 5A – Clacton to Flatford Drive

This route will run once an hour.

Route 5 on Mondays to Saturdays 5 is suspended until further notice. The Sunday & bank holiday timetable will operate as normal.  

Route 6 – Clacton to Point Clear

This route will run once an hour, with one journey in each direction serving St Osyth Beach. The evening timetable on routes 6A and 6B will run as normal.


Route 7 – Clacton to Brightlingsea

This route is suspended. Route 6 will provide a journey in each direction to St Osyth Beach.


Route 74 – Clacton to Colchester

A special timetable will apply with buses roughly every hour.


Route X76 – Clacton to Colchester

A special timetable will apply with buses roughly every hour.


Routes 97, 98 and 99 – Clacton to Walton

Buses will run every hour on both route 97 and 98, providing a 30-minute frequency between Clacton and Walton. Evening times will operate as normal.


Route 134 – Clacton to Holland-on-Sea

A special timetable will apply with buses every hour during the morning.


Route 135 – Clacton to Constable Avenue and Peter Bruff Avenue

A special timetable will apply with buses every hour during the morning on Mondays to Fridays and two journeys on Saturdays.


Routes 136/137 – Clacton to Great Clacton and Burrs Road

Our buses will run once an hour with an overall frequency of every 30 minutes on these routes.


Many of our school services remain suspended however some services still run to support those who need to attended school as they are children of key workers. To find out more, speak with your school or view the special timetable on our schools page 


Other routes into Colchester from West Mersea, and Halstead will be reviewed during the coming week and we expect to resume normal timetables when the schools fully re-open.



Since the latest government announcement, our bus services are now operating within a  National Lockdown and continue to run to our normal timetables.

However, we are beginning to see a reduction in demand since the closure of schools and people being advised to stay at home. Therefore, we may need to make changes to our services over the forthcoming days ahead.

We will communicate in good time; any timetable changes we need to make on our website and on our social media to help you to plan your journeys.

Our priority is to continue to connect our communities safely and we ask that you only use our buses to travel for essential reasons, as per government advice:

  • to shop for essentials.
  • to access work if you absolutely cannot work from home.
  • to seek medical supplies


When travelling by bus, it is important that you wear a face covering throughout the entire journey, sanitise your hands and sit upstairs, where possible, to help with social distancing.

We would also ask that you:

  • purchase your ticket in advance via our East Anglia Buses App or pay contactless
  • sit by an open window
  • socially distance always
  • leave a space in front and behind you
  • touch as few surfaces as possible
  • travel when our buses are less busy

You can click the link below and check how busy our buses are before you leave home

How busy is my bus?


Should you have any questions, please contact us on 0330 1020801 or email services@hedingham.co.uk .

#staysafe #handsfacespace

Face Coverings

In line with guidance from the government, you must wear a face covering on public transport. This can be a mask, scarf, snood or a bandana. If you fit into any of the government exemptions, then you'll be able to travel on our buses without wearing a face covering. Just tell the driver when you board the bus and show an exemption card which you can download further down this page.

Face covering advice

Pay Contactless

Please pay by contactless or use the East Anglia Buses app to pay for your journey in advance. If you still need to use cash, please use the correct change.

Download the app

Travel Off Peak

Consider travelling off peak and free up space for essential workers and students who need to travel at peak times. Off peak is between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Off Peak Times and Fares

Busy Bus Tracker

Choose to travel on the quieter buses for your comfort, safety and peace of mind. When2travel gives you the information you need when planning your next bus journey – including the latest timetables and up-to-date capacity predictions on a stop-by-stop basis.

How busy is my bus?

Student Travel

We continue to provide essential travel for students travelling to school and college and have established student zones. To support our commitment to your safety on board, we ask students to wear a face covering and not to remove it until they reach their school or college. Ensure it is worn properly - not on the chin or with nostrils uncovered. Have an exemption card ready to show to the driver, if required and sanitise hands when awaiting and leaving the bus. Queue a metre apart as members of the public may also be waiting to board.

Student and Parent Travel Advice

Adult Passengers travelling at School Peak Times

If you travel on our buses at school peak times, you are likely to share the bus with students. For your safety, we have created ZONES across all our buses and if you are not a student, you should sit in the BUSY BUS ZONE at the front of the bus. This will ensure you are sat a safe distance away from other passengers.

Peak School Time - Passenger Advice

Download the NHS App

When travelling around our bus stations and stops it's suggested that you download and use the official NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app.

Download the App


Plan your journey

  • take and wear a face covering to protect our drivers and other passengers. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and are not exempt, which could result in a fine – 
  • buy a ticket in advance on our app - download our East Anglia Buses App here 
  • check our timetables online
  • take hand sanitiser to use before and after your journey, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • don’t travel if you feel unwell

At the bus stop

  • whilst queuing try to keep 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or social bubble.
  • consider waiting for the next bus if your bus is half full
  • board one at a time, be patient and give priority to those with mobility issues.

On the bus, we ask you to

  • pay with contactless (now up to £45!)
  • don’t use cash to buy your ticket - if you have no alternative, use the exact fare
  • try to keep 2 metres apart from other passengers - don't forget there are seats upstairs
  • sit by the window and leave the aisle seat free unless you are travelling with someone from your household or in your social bubble
  • ideally leave a space in front and behind you where possible
  • sit by and keep windows open to help with ventilation.
  • travel side by side and avoid facing others where possible.
  • touch as few surfaces as possible
  • use a face covering to protect our drivers and your fellow passengers.

As you leave the bus

  • don’t approach within 2m of the driver until the bus has stopped 
  • use your hand sanitiser and/or wash your hands and avoid touching your face.
  • maintain social distancing as you move through the bus shelter or bus station.

We have also

  • installed plastic screens to the cab area of our buses to help keep you and our drivers safe
  • requested customers pay by contactless or in advance on our app and avoid cash payments on the bus where possible.
  • asked customers to only travel if it is an essential journey and to not use the buses to access places to exercise further afield.
  • monitored passenger levels and activity within our towns and cities very closely to meet demand.
  • increased our cleaning regime – with extra focus on touch point areas.
  • issued our colleagues with training and the latest advice from the government.
  • provided colleagues with a personal supply of hand sanitiser and issued face coverings and gloves to those colleagues who want to use them.
  • updated our websites and social media regularly as soon as new information becomes available.
  • displayed printed emergency timetables at all our bus stops to keep you informed
  • issued press releases to local media so information about our services can reach as many people as possible.
  • publicised the NHS Covid-19 APP to help people" check in "at venues that display an official NHS COVID 19 QR poster at the entrance.



Who may and may not travel?

Our buses are available to everybody who wishes to travel and we can't wait to welcome you on-board. Some routes and journeys which serve schools are not available to the general public. Click for more information

What if I'm disabled and require assistance?

We want to reassure you that you will continue to receive the same level of support as you have done before and that our buses are safe for you to travel on. If you use a wheelchair or approved mobility scooter, our drivers will make sure that you can still board in a safe and socially distanced way. If you need to travel with a pushchair, we are happy to accept these on our buses as before. 

What steps will you take to maximise social distancing and how can we help?

We ask that you sit by the window and leave the aisle seat free, unless you are travelling with someone from your household or social bubble, leaving an empty row in front and behind you where possible.

Keep windows open to help with ventilation. We also ask that you socially distance from others whilst waiting at bus stops and stand back to let other people off the bus before boarding.

Do I need to wear a face covering? 

Yes, you need to wear a face covering on public transport. 

What additional cleaning is being carried out?

Our buses are being cleaned daily, and sometimes more often, with touch points being wiped down with anti-viral spray to ensure your safety. 

Is hand sanitiser available on board?

No, we are unable to provide hand sanitiser. We ask that you bring your own when you travel and wash your hands as often as possible, at least before and after every journey.

When is the best time to travel?

We ask that you avoid travelling at peak times, if possible, to save space for those esssential workers and students who have to travel at that time. Our Busy Bus   website allows you to plan your journeys and look up how busy each bus will be, even down to individual bus stops.

Its traffic light indicator system is clear for all to see if a bus is full (red), half capacity (orange) or plenty of space (green).

What happens if the bus I'm waiting for is full?

All our buses are currently restricted to half capacity to allow for social distancing measures to be safely followed.  If a bus is full, we kindly ask that you wait for the next bus.

What happens if the last bus of the day is full?

We won't leave anyone stranded by our last buses. We're continually monitoring passenger numbers and will ensure that adequate buses are available to support demand. 

Can I pay with cash on the bus?

We ask that you ONLY pay with cash if you have no other option and use the exact change.  

Where possible, use contactless payments or buy your ticket in advance on the  instead.

How can I get in touch with you?

You can call us on 03301 020801, email services@hedingham.co.uk or contact us via Twiter if you have any questions regarding your journey. 

We all have a responsibility to follow the Government advice and we thank our customers for their support and cooperation at this difficult time.

Covid 19 Risk Assessment Policy  

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