A consultation has been launched today (Monday 9 June) into proposed changes to bus fares on services provided by Essex County Council.
The Council is proposing to increase bus fares on some non-commercial services provided by the Authority by about 5 per cent for the next three years which is about 10p per ticket.
As part of this, the Council has launched a consultation to understand how it would affect bus passengers who pay to travel on Essex County Council bus services. The consultation will run until Friday 17 June.
The proposals only affect 75 non-commercial bus services operated under contract to Essex County Council.
Fares on these services have remained the same for six years and are now out of step with many commercial fares by as much as 25 per cent.
Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Delivery, said: Essex County Council needs to save £1 million a week every week for the next four years. This means reviewing how we provide services and how we can increase income to support important services within our communities.
We need to bring our bus fares up to date and more in line with commercial operators. I hope that people will use our consultation to let us have their views about how any increase could affect them.
Plans are to implement the first increase of about 5 per cent late this summer and then increase fares again in April 2017 and April 2018. After that any rise would be linked to inflation.
Increases would apply to adult and child single and return tickets, the Day Villager and 10/20 Journey multi-journey tickets.
It would not affect people who use their concessionary bus pass to travel.
You can find out which services are affected and take part in the consultation on www.essex.gov.uk/busfares or telephone 0345 743 0430.