Several people have contacted us to raise concerns about the new EOS London 13 bus service, which runs from Waltham Cross to Epping via Upshire. The 13 was introduced after Essex County Council ceased their support for the previous 213 service.
We’ve been in touch with Chris Hunn, who runs EOS London buses, to pass on some of your concerns. He’s agreed with us that we should collect further comments and forward them to him.
We’re also gathering evidence about potential under-charging and under-recording of passenger journeys on the former 213 service, along with the 250 and 251 evening services, which could have been a crucial factor in those services losing their County Council funding.
There’s a form further down this page which you can use to raise concerns or make comments, but in the meantime here are are responses to the two most frequently asked questions.
Why has the fare gone up from £1 to £2.50?
- We believe that the previous return fare was £2.20. Drivers charging £1.00 each way were undercharging, presumably without issuing tickets.
- As a commercial service, rather than a council run contract, EOS London receive a minimal payment to run the 13 service which will reduce over time.
- Fares are in line with other EOS services, such as the 66 and 86.
- A weekly ticket which covers the 66, 86 and 13 is available for £12.00.
Why aren’t buses stopping at the school? Why is my child stranded?
- EOS London have taken these concerns on board, particularly around Epping St Johns, and are currently reviewing the service.
Please complete our survey/form
We’re using this form to collect your concerns and pass them onto EOS London. We’d be very grateful if you could let us know about potential undercharging on the 250 and 251 evening services too as this will help us with our campaign to get them back.
(If the form below doesn’t display properly you can fill it in here: https://goo.gl/forms/fyj44KFpGSNmgn8g1)