One of the handful of public transport services taking Braintree residents to Stansted Airport is to be scrapped next year.

The X22 bus, which runs from Clacton to Stansted via Braintree will stop operating on January 8 next year.

The service is used by both airport workers, holidaymakers, and those wanting to travel quickly to destinations in the north of England and Scotland.

A spokesman for bus operator First said: “The service X22 Stansted Aircoach is sadly being withdrawn after operation on Saturday, January 8 2011.

“We have made every attempt to continue this service from Clacton to Stansted Airport but unfortunately it is not commercially viable to operate this service.”