A spokesperson for Greater Anglia has confirmed that trains between Southend Victoria and Greater London will not be running on Sunday 29th May as the company will be operating a ‘unique opportunity’ to see the countryside of South Essex – they have announced a number of attractions that are usually hidden away when completing a journey by rail. The specially-commissioned vintage buses will ferry passengers along a fascinating route that includes the rolling hills of Shenfield and ‘unmissable’ landscapes of Victorian Wickford. 

GA spokesperson Railington Chu said: ‘With thousands of people expected in Southend for the Bank Holiday Weekend, we decided that this would be the best possible time for visitors to rediscover the most beautiful parts of South Essex on buses that are roughly the same age as the trains that they are so used to taking – we are doing this to minimise passenger discomfort. As an added bonus, this timetable of bus excursions will allow our engineers to polish the existing tracks on the Southend Victoria branch and reduce the ‘earthquake effect’ that a number of passengers have recently reported. 

An announcement from C2C confirmed that certain Greater Anglia season tickets would be accepted on their services throughout Sunday, subject to timetable alterations and pitchfork-wielding mobs at Fenchurch Street. 


  1. Interestingly SNN’s photograph isn’t of Greater Anglia’s Liverpool Street – Southend Victoria line or c2c’s Fenchurch Street – Southend Central line. Indeed it isn’t even of any railway station in Essex.

    I can only conclude that the route of these Essex Countryside Bus Tours is quite circuitous!