Bus fares consultation

Essex Saver ticket

Following discussions with the commercial bus service providers, the decision was taken to increase the Essex Saver ticket price in order to prevent it from breaking the Competition and Market Authority rules on multi-operator ticketing.  

From 16 July 2017, the price will be £9 per person.  The price will increase on 1 April 2018 to £10 and then reviewed annually thereafter in line with RPI.  

You can see full information about where the Essex Saver ticket is accepted on our bus ticket page

Area-based Evening/Sunday Saver tickets 

Following discussions with commercial bus service providers, the decision was taken to remove three tickets that are out of line with the bus fares in Essex.  These tickets are:

  • Chelmsford - Evening Saver and Sunday Saver
  • Colchester - Evening Saver and Sunday Saver
  • Harlow - Evening Saver

The above tickets are not to be confused with the Essex Sunday Saver, which remains available at great value for £4 per adult, £2 per child and £8 per family.   

The Area-based saver tickets listed above were withdrawn on 15 July 2017. 

Please note the consultation on bus fares is now closed.  

Essex County Council has consulted with Essex residents 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 will increase to £2.10 in September 2016, £2.20 in April 2017 and £2.30 in April 2018. Please note - this will not affect those using the English National Concessionary Bus Pass.


The dates for the increases are planned to be:


The increase will be:


Example on £2 ticket


5 September 2016


+ 5%




1 April 2017


+ 5%




1 April 2018


+ 5%




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 

To see some frequently asked questions click here.

Service Numbers Operator Service From/To Service Periods
2 Arriva Harlow - Great Parndon Monday to Saturday evenings
4 Regal Litte Parnden - Harlow Sunday
4 Arriva Latton Bush - Harlow Monday to Saturday evenings
5 Arriva Sumners - Kingsmoor - Harlow - Pinnacles Monday to Saturday
7 Stephensons of Essex Only Southend - Rayleigh Monday to Saturday Evening Services
9 Regal Braintree - Great Bardfield Saturday
9 Stephensons of Essex Great Holland - Walton-on-the-Naze Monday to Friday
10 Regal Harlow Town Station - Church Langley Sunday
10 Arriva Harlow - Church Langley Monday to Saturday evenings
11 Regal Harlow - Sumners - Passmore - Little Parnden Sunday
12 Regal Old Harlow - Harlow - Kingsmoor Sunday
14 Stephensons of Essex Southend - Shoebury/Foulness Monday to Saturday
32 Stephensons of Essex Chelmsford - Ongar Monday to Saturday
45 Regal Chelmsford - Oxney Green Monday to Friday Evening Services
46 Nibs Buses Chelmsford - Ongar (Services 46A-46-F not affected) Monday to Friday
47 Regal Harlow - Ongar Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
52 Regal Galleywood - Pleshey Monday to Friday
66 First Essex Colchester - Rowhedge Monday to Saturday evenings
66 First Essex Colchester - W Bergholt Sunday & Public Holiday
70 Regal Only Colchester - Braintree Monday to Saturday evenings
75 Regal Only Colchester - Maldon Monday to Saturday Evening Services
75 First Essex Maldon - Colchester Sunday & Public Holiday
88 Regal Only Colchester - Halstead Sunday & Public Holidays
89 Regal Only Great Yeldham - Braintree Monday to Friday Single Peak Journey
91 Stephensons of Essex Only Tollesbury - Witham Monday to Saturday
95 Regal Tollesbury - Maldon Saturday
101 Stephensons of Essex Point Clear - Brightlingsea Monday to Friday
115 Stephensons of Essex Weeley - Little Clacton Monday to Friday
118 Panther Travel Parkeston - Ramsey Monday to Friday
146 Regal Toot Hill - Harlow Tuesday, Thursday
147 Regal Harlow - Ongar Wednesday Only
175 First Essex Colchester - Fingringhoe Monday to Saturday
211 Regal Breach Barns - Waltham Cross Monday to Saturday
212 Regal Waltham Abbey - Waltham Cross Monday to Saturday
213 Regal St Margaretts Hospital Epping - Waltham Cross Monday to Saturday
240 Regal Debden - Waltham Abbey - Loughton Sunday
250 Regal Debden - Waltham Abbey - Loughton Monday to Sunday
251 Regal Debden - Waltham Abbey - Loughton Sunday
256 Nibs Buses Billericay - Basildon Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
257 Nibs Buses Ramsden Heath - Billericay Tuesday, Thursday
322 Regal Old Harlow - Saffron Walden School Days Only
341 Regal Fuller Street - Witham Thursday Only
343 Regal Braintree - Fairstead Saturday
344 Regal Chelmsford - Black Notley Friday Only
345 Regal Braintree - Fairstead Wednesday Only
352 First Essex Chelmsford - Halstead Sunday Only
552 Regal Ramsden Heath - Billericay Monday to Friday
565 Regal Bulphan - Brentwood Monday to Saturday
11/12/13 Regal Sudbury - Halstead/Gosfield Monday to Saturday
105/107 Stephensons of Essex Walton-on-the-Naze - Colchester Monday to Friday
1A Regal BASILDON - PITSEA Saturday
1A First Essex Shrub End - Colchester - Greenstead Monday to Saturday Evenings, Sundays
1B Arriva Katherines - Harlow Monday to Saturday evenings
2A First Essex Great Horkesley - Highwoods Sunday & Public Holiday
313/313A Stephensons of Essex Great Dunmow - Saffron Waldon Monday to Saturday
31A Regal Chelmsford - Little Baddow Monday to Saturday
381/382 Regal TOOT HILL - HARLOW Monday to Saturday
3A Arriva Harlow - Kingsmoor Monday to Saturday evenings
45A First Essex Oxney Green - Chelmer Village Sunday
66B First Essex Old Heath - W Bergholt Monday to Saturday evenings
6A Arriva Harlow - Latton Bush Monday to Saturday evenings
71C Regal Only Chelmsford - Colchester Sunday & Public Holidays
8A Arriva Old Harlow - Harlow Monday to Saturday evenings
8A/10A First Essex Jaywick - Gt Clacton Monday to Saturday evenings
94C First Essex South Woodham Ferrers (Sunday Service) Sunday

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