A spokesperson for Greater Anglia Railways has announced that a number of BUS REPLACEMENT SERVICES are going to be in operation over the summer of 2016. According to the latest information, bus replacement services will be in operation from 1st July until 1st September as road-based routes are suspended for vital bus maintenance tasks to be carried out – passengers have been warned to allow less time for their journeys while they are carried out by rail.

Company spokesperson Gordon Thomas-James said: ‘We appreciate that withdrawing bus services and replacing them with trains will always lead to a level of convenience and journey fulfilment, but we are reassuring all customers that these temporary closures will be carried out with a minimum of disruption. For example, we will endeavour to keep Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street services running during periods when people are trying to get to work, and leisure travellers should be catered for as well. Most importantly of all, people with bus tickets will be able to use the temporary train services wherever possible.’

He added: ‘Passengers need to keep an eye on our website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts – this will give them the best possible chance of keeping up with the latest bus route closures. The timetable of work will also allow us to re-lay tarmac in high-traffic areas that have been heavily damaged by repeated bus usage.’


  1. About time too.

    My local bus services are atrocious and the train is far better – as witnessed by Southend Pier which uses a train instead of a bus.

  2. This bus replacement service will be an appalling move.

    Instead of catching the direct number 7 bus from Thorpe Bay to Southend Airport I would have to catch a c2c train from Thorpe Bay station into Fenchurch Street, thence walk to Liverpool Street station for the Greater Anglia service to Southend Airport.

    Exactly who at Greater Anglia thinks these changes will work?