The Southend Area Bus User Group "SABUG" was formed in April 2001 as the successor to the Southend Transport Bus User Group, set up over 15 years ago. We aim to represent bus users in the districts of Southend, Rochford and Castle Point. This includes Shoebury, Wakering, Rayleigh & Canvey Island. We don't cover Community Transport.
User Group representatives regularly meet with management from the two main bus companies in the area - Arriva Southend (formerly Southend Transport) and First Essex (formerly Thamesway). We also liase with the smaller operators in the area - Stephensons and Regal.
We meet with Essex County Council and Southend Borough Council officers at least once a year, and frequently attend transport related meetings, especially ones covering implementation of Southend's Local Transport Plan (LTP). We write to companies and council representatives on a regular basis
There are nine of us on the committee and we meet every two months to discuss local bus issues and plan what to do next.
The group is strictly non political.
� We are a member of Bus Users UK (what was the National Federation of Bus Users - NFBU)
� We are an affiliate member of CAVS (Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services)
� We are an affiliate member of SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Services)
� We are an affiliate member of RRAVS ( Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service)
SABUG now has a facebook page - click to view
Coronavirus bus service frequency changes - click to view
Pre 9am Monday to Friday restriction on use of concessionary passes to return from 1st September.
It is mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport in England from 15th June. Government guide to making your own face covering - details here
Summer 2020 - Southend Open Top Bus Service - Operation extended daily until 20th September. Full details here. Note that although service remains every 30 mins, there is an earlier finish each day for the extended season - 16.00 hrs the last round trip, 16.30 & 17.00 to Leigh Station only.
****All Fares on last day Sun 20th Sept to be donated to RNLI****