Concessionary bus pass arrangements return to normal

ARRANGMENTS for elderly people’s concessionary bus pass travel will return to normal from next Monday (June 8).

Holders of the pass will be able to travel free on weekdays after 9.30am and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

A temporary change was introduced in mid-March to allow pass holders to travel before 9.30am Monday to Friday to visit supermarkets and shops that had introduced reserved shopping for older people.

Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "Food shopping is more accessible now than it was at the beginning of the crisis and the easing of lockdown means more people will be using public transport for work and school.

"Social distancing is in place on buses so in line with other authorities we want to ensure there is enough room on routes for workers and pupils, while ensuring pass holders can still enjoy free travel.

"I’d like to thank the bus companies for their support for this initiative since the crisis began. It’s another example of how the community in Staffordshire has pulled together.”

Arrangements for disabled people who hold concessionary passes are unchanged.


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