Bus fares consultation

Essex County Council consulted with Essex residents in 2016 about raising bus fares on specific routes over a 3 year period, to understand the impact this would have on passengers. Please note - this was not a consultation on bus services across Essex with a view to reducing service provision.

The proposal was that fares would rise by approximately 5% (rounded up to the nearest 10 pence) year-on-year for three years. For instance, a £2 fare increased to £2.10 in September 2016, £2.20 in April 2017 and £2.30 in April 2018. 

The dates for the increases: The increase: Example on £2 ticket
5 September 2016 + 5% £2.10
1 April 2017 + 5% £2.20
1 April 2018 + 5% £2.30
1 April 2019 + RPI  

*From 1 April 2019 onwards prices will increase in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI), which is set by the Government.

The routes that are affected can be found below 

If you require additional information please see frequently asked questions

Service Numbers Operator Service From/To Service Periods
1/2/3/4/6/8/10 Arriva Harlow Town Services Monday to Saturday evenings
1/2/3/4/6/8/10 Arriva Litte Parnden - Harlow Sundays and Public Holidays
1 Arriva Hadleigh - Rayleigh Sundays and Public Holidays 
1A NIBS Basildon - Pitsea Saturday
2 Panther Travel Harwich - Dovercourt Monday to Friday
4 Arriva Hythe - Stanway Monday to Friday
7 Arriva Southend - Rayleigh Monday to Saturday evenings & Sunday and Public Holidays
7/7A  Galleon Travel Bishop's Stortford - Stansted Airport Monday to Saturday
8 Arriva Rayleigh - Rochford Sundays and Public Holidays
9 Stephensons of Essex Great Holland - Walton-on-the Naze Monday to Friday
11 Arriva Highwoods - North Station Monday to Friday
14 NIBS Wickford - The Wick Monday to Saturday
14 Galleon Travel Harlow - Pinnacles Monday to Saturday
21 Stephensons of Essex  Bocking - Great Notley Monday to Saturday evenings 
21 NIBS Bocking - Black Notley Sunday and Public Holidays
34 Stepensons of Essex Saffron Walden Town Service Tuesday and Thursday
50/50A Hedingham Colchester - Layer Breton Monday to Saturday
50B Hedingham Colchester - Layer Bretton Monday to Saturday
61 Swallow Blackmore - Brentwood Monday to Saturday
63 NIBS Rayleigh - Great Wakering Wednesday and Friday
69/69A Hedingham  Colchester - East Mersea Tuesday
77/77A Arriva St Osyth - Tufnell Way Monday to Friday
79 Hedingham Colchester - Tiptree Monday to Saturday
80/80A Panther Travel Colchester - Boxted/Dedham Monday to Saturday
81/81A Panther Travel Colchester - Boxted/Dedham Monday to Saturday
84B Hedingham Colchester - Little Horkesley Monday to Saturday
85 Hedinham Colchester - Layer Breton Wednesday
91 Hedingham Tollesbury - Witham Monday to Saturday
92 Hedingham Colchester - Tollesbury Monday to Saturday
95 Hedingham Tollesbury - Maldon Saturday
101 Stephensons of Essex Point Clear - Brightlingsea Monday to Friday
105/107 Stephensons of Essex  Walton - Colchester Monday to Saturday
115 Stephensons of Essex Weeley - Little Clacton Monday to Friday
118 Panther Travel  Parkeston - Ramsey Monday to Friday
256 NIBS Billericay - Basildon Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
257 NIBS Ramsden Heath - Billericay Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
269 NIBS Brentwood - Grays Monday to Saturday
306 Galleon Travel Wicken Bonhunt - Bishop's Stortford  Monday to Friday
313/313A Stephensons of Essex  Great Dunmow - Saffron Walden Monday to Saturday
352 Stephensons of Essex Halstead - Chelmsford Monday to Saturday evenings
418B Galleon Travel Loughton - Harlow Monday to Saturday evenings
418B Arriva Loughton - Harlow Sunday and Public Holidays
505 Galleon Travel Harlow - Chingford Saturday
D1/D2 Hedingham Maldon - Bradwell Monday to Saturday
SB12 Community Link Toot Hill - Harlow Wednesday and Friday