First Metro


Week, Month, 3 Month and Annual tickets.

The new range of Octopus Tickets will allow travel on Arriva, First, NIBS, Regal Busways and Stephensons of Essex buses for those customers wishing to have access to the full network of buses in the Southend, Castle Point and Rochford areas.

However, there is no change to the price of the existing range of First Day, Weekly ,Monthly, 3-Monthly and Annual Tickets, but tickets purchased to start on or after 15th June will no longer be available for travel on other companies' commercial services.

First and Arriva tickets issued prior to 15th June with expiry dates up to and including the dates shown below will continue to be accepted on each operator's buses until expiry:

Expiry Dates
One Week 20th June
4-Week (Arriva) or Monthly (First) 12th July
3-Month (First) 14th September
Annual 14th September

Any First or Arriva Annual tickets which expire after 14th September may be exchanged at the Arriva Travel Shop in Southend Travel Centre or at Cooks Coaches shop in Chichester Road for an Annual Octopus Ticket at no extra cost.

Day return tickets issued by First, Arriva and Stephensons will continue to be accepted on each others' buses over common sections of route.