From September 2016 a number of bus services serving the Joyce Frankland and Saffron Walden County Higher schools that had been run under contract to Essex County Council were taken over commercially by Stephensons of Essex. These include the following services: Bus Services 413, 414, 417, 418, 419, 438, 441, 446, 451 and 453
As part of this process, the operator, Stephensons of Essex, increased the bus fares to a commercial rate, which was significantly higher than the rate charged by the County Council.
To help families manage the increase in fares, the County Council agreed a transitional arrangement whereby the County Council funded half of the cost of the increase in fares for the first year. This arrangement ceases for journeys being undertaken from September 2017 onwards and the full commercial fare will apply. Click here for the new bus fare rates