22/12/2011

Stephensons New Years Day Vintage Running Day - back in Essex for 2012!

Once again, Stephensons are delighted to announce that with help from their friends in the bus industry, a network of special services will operate on Sunday January 1st, 2012

As in previous years, all profits from the day go to charity, including that worthy cause, the Essex Air Ambulance.

This year sees another great selection of vehicles from various operators throughout the local area. Alongside Stephensons own heritage Queen Mary PD3 and Southend Fleetline, other vehicles also in use will be Carters Coach Services ex-Eastern National Bristol RE, Fords of Althorne and Aspen Bussing's ex-Southend Transport Astromegas along with two vehicles from the Ensign Heritage fleet. Talisman Coachlines and Panther Travel are also providing vehicles again this year and Stephensons will also have support from Regal Busways.

Stephensons hope to have a good selection of older vehicles, including Ensign's Royal Blue Bristol LS, a London half cab, and a Leyland Lynx in service.

All subject to change right up to the last moment as usual!

Key routes serve the Southend, Rochford and Castle Point districts. The Castle Point Transport Museum on Canvey will be open, served by half hourly bus from Southend, with refreshments available in their new canteen. Buses with conductors on some routes provide a reminder of times gone by!

Free feeder services from Chelmsford and Colchester will run and this year there is once again a London feeder with a special inclusive rover ticket fare.

Buses connect with trains at Benfleet and Southend Central (special c2c Sunday timetable) and at Rayleigh and Southend Victoria (NXEA special timetable due to engineering works between Stratford and Ilford - take Central Line to Newbury Park, then bus to Shenfield).

Day Rovers - same price as last year (£6) and the London to Southend feeder + Rover fare is £12! And, ALL profits go to charity!

For further information including timetables, maps and bus working charts visit Stephensons Of Essex website