Cheaper bus travel for Essex passengers extended to end of June

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Essex bus users now have until 30 June to benefit from lower fares as Government extends £2 Bus Fare Cap.

The majority of bus passengers in Essex will be able to travel more cheaply by bus for an additional three months until the end of June, after a Government fare discount scheme was extended.

Since January, the Bus Fare Cap has limited the price passengers will pay for an adult single fare to £2 on routes operated by bus firms which have opted into the scheme.

Initially set to end on 31 March, the scheme has now been extended to 30 June, thanks to additional funding of up to £75 million across England from central Government. The extension means passengers can continue to save around 30% against the average single fare price of £2.80.

The Department for Transport has also confirmed up to £80 million of continued support for critical bus services across England, taking the funding provided to bus companies across the country since March 2020 to £2 billion.

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Fares and bus passes

For information on fares, tickets and bus passes, please see the relevant links below: 

Bus fares on Essex County Council contracted services.
The Colchester Borough Card allows unlimited bus travel  in and around Colchester on First Essex, Arriva Colchester, Panther Travel, Ipswich Buses, Stephenson’s of Essex, and Hedingham Omnibuses services.
Single and return fares are available on most buses and many operators offer weekly, monthly and annual tickets.
PLUS BUS is a cheap travel card that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office or online.
Find out how to apply for a Concessionary Bus Pass including the concessionary pass calculator, eligibility, replacing lost bus passes.
The Scholar's Season ticket is a prepaid ticket and can be used on some Essex County Council contracted local bus services.
Essex County Council has reached agreement with Yoti-CitizenCard to provide a proof of age card in Essex.