Local Bus Service

Little Maplestead is served by a frequent, flexible Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) bus service, one where passengers need to book journeys with the operator in advance.

DaRT LogoThe DaRT F315 service is operated by Arrow Taxis, using minibuses that hold up to 16 passengers, and runs between 6.00am and 8.00pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Concessionary bus passes are accepted from 9.00am until mid-night during the week and all day on weekends and bank holidays.

The service differs from a normal bus in as much as the route is flexible, allowing people to be collected and dropped off at, for example, the hospital within the service’s operating area. However, unlike with conventional buses, DaRT users must book a seat, and register as a customer, at least two hours before travelling.

Booking can be done by phone: 01621 87441 or e-mail: bookings@essexandsuffolkdart.co.uk

The DaRT F315 service currently runs to a timetable between Halstead and Sudbury, during which users don’t need to book the timetabled segment but do need to book the Demand Responsive part.

The timetable has been revised a few times since the service's launch in August 2017 to allow better connectivity with the morning train service in Sudbury and to provide a more suitable service for schoolchildren in the afternoon. Details of the latest timetable, effective from Winter 2018, with booking and Concessionary travel information can be found here.

Flat fares for the DaRT F315 service between any two stops are shown below:

               Adult  Child
         (Over 16)                 (5-16 inc)     
               Single     Return     Single     Return  
  £2.50 £4.00 £1.25 £2.00

                        Children under 5 are free

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the new service can be found here. Further information can be found on the Essex County Council website.

Changes to other Local Bus Services

From the 27th August 2017 a number of other Local Bus Services previously provided by Regal Busways were also withdrawn or transferred to a new operator:

Service 70 M – Sat evenings (after 18:35) (Braintree - Colchester) – withdrawn, no replacement

Service 89 – the 0628 Mondays to Fridays (Great Yeldham – Braintree) – withdrawn: Hedingham & District Omnibus offer a journey from Gt Yeldham at 0623

Service 88 (Sundays and public holidays) (Colchester – Halstead) – service re-numbered as 88a and operated by First Essex Buses to a revised timetable*

Service 91 (Tollesbury – Witham) All ECC journeys on this service will be operated by Hedingham and District Omnibuses to a revised timetable*

Service 341 (Fuller Street – Witham, Thursdays Only); Service 343 (Fuller Street – Braintree, Saturdays Only); Service 344 (Black Notley – Chelmsford) – all withdrawn: some alternative journeys can be made using services 345 & SB21*

Service 345 – has transferred to being operated by Hedingham & District Omnibuses, with no changes to the timetable.


* Timetables for all these services can be found by going to www.traveline.info/se and clicking on Find Timetable’


The most recent Passenger Transport Newsletter can be found here.