Announcement on Service Suspension

2 weeks ago Fri 3rd Sep 2021

Temporary Cancellation of Bus Services 

We are very sorry but we are currently failing to run all our bus services because we have had a lot of bus drivers leave us at short notice.

To make planning your journeys easier, we have cancelled some journeys.

Panther Travel buses will be used on some journeys on route 3 until further notice but don’t worry your Hedingham tickets will be sold and accepted on these buses. 

We are making every effort to restore these journeys as soon as possible and apologise for the disruption caused. 

 

Our full list of cancelled journeys until further notice

Mondays to Fridays

Route 4

  • 1027, 1112, 1157, 1327 and 1812 from Clacton to Jaywick to Clacton

Route X76

  • 1032 Clacton to Colchester, and 1149 from Colchester to Clacton

Route 97

  • 0655, 0814. 0942, 1112, 1242, 1642, 1742 from Clacton to Walton
  • 0734, 0857, 1027, 1157, 1327, 1727, 1827 from Walton to Clacton

Routes 136/137

  • 0901 from Lymington Ave to Clacton (136)
  • 1017, 1247 from Pier Ave to Pier Ave (136)
  • 0934, 1204, 1334 from Pier Ave to Pier Ave (137)

Also route 97 (1622, 1722) from Clacton to Walton and route 98 (1706, 1806) from Walton to Clacton will run 10 minutes later

 

Saturdays 

Route 4

  • 0942, 1027, 1112, 1212, 1257, 1507  from Clacton to Jaywick to Clacton

Route 5 

  • 1033 from Clacton to Flatford Drive to Clacton

Route 6

  • 1023, 1123, 1423, 1523, 1623, 1723 from Clacton
  • 1050, 1150, 1450, 1550, 1650, 1750 from Point Clear

Route X76

  • 1032, 1132, 1232, 1402, 1432 from Clacton
  • 1149, 1249, 1349, 1555 from Colchester

The 0855 from Weeley will not serve Weeley but will start at Little Clacton Village Hall at 0901.

 

Route 136

  • 0901 from  Lymington Ave
  • 1017, 1147, 1317 from Pier Avenue
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Route 137

  • 0934, 1104, 1234 from Pier Avenue

 

Route 97

  • 0655, 0814, 0844, 0942, 1012, 1042, 1112, 1142, 1212, 1242, 1312, 1342, 1542, 1642, 1742 from Clacton
  • 0734, 0837, 0927, 1027, 1057, 1127, 1157, 1227, 1257, 1327, 1357, 1427, 1627, 1727, 1827 from Walton

Route 98

  • 522, 1622 and 1732 from Clacton and 1606, 1706 and 1806 from Walton will run 10 minutes later.

We are very sorry but for much of the day there will only be two buses per hour running between Clacton and Walton, one on route 98 and one on route 97.


We are taking all possible steps to attract new drivers.

We have chosen these journeys so that most passengers will have to wait no more than 15 minutes for another bus, and they are designed to make efficient use of our drivers, providing as many journeys as possible for you. We are extremely sorry to be making these cut backs at a time when we had hoped to reinvest in improved timetables. However, we hope that this will avoid short notice service cancellation and allow you to plan your journeys. We will endeavour to update journey planners as soon as possible.

We have a training school based at our Clacton depot designed to upskill local people who want to come and work for us. 

Do you know anyone who would like to increase their earnings potential and has good customer service skills

If so get in touch at services@hedingham.co.uk 

We have also endeavoured to find agency drivers, and the option of borrowing from other companies is very limited as there is a national shortage of lorry and bus drivers – indeed we have lost drivers with appropriate licences to the haulage industry.

We will make every effort to restore these journeys as soon as possible and once again apologise again for the disruption caused.