Pre-9.30am bus travel comes in from Monday
Free early morning bus travel in Redditch
Borough becomes available to elderly and disabled residents from
Monday (February 11).
Councillor Greg Chance, who is responsible for transport,
said: Elderly or disabled residents are now able to use
their bus passes before 9.30am every day on any buses anywhere in
the borough. We promised to deliver a pre-9.30am scheme and we’ve
delivered it. The behind the scenes work took time but we wanted to
make sure it was set up right, to be efficient and effective. Now
all that work has been done I’m delighted to launch the scheme.
“Look out for the new passes with the Redditch
logo on the back, that are in the process of arriving.
“By having clear priorities we have been able
to provide this help for local people in tough times, which are
particularly tricky for people on fixed incomes like pensioners.
And we will be monitoring it closely to ensure we are getting value
for the community.”
Redditch Borough Council’s pre-9.30am
concessionary fare scheme officially begins on Monday after all the
bus operators agreed contractual details. First, Diamond, Johnsons,
The Green Bus, Stagecoach, Dudley’s, and Worcestershire County
Council "WOOSH" are all covered.
The local Redditch scheme enhances national
free bus travel for eligible pass holders between 9.30am and 11pm
weekdays and all day weekends, to also make it available before
9.30am on weekdays.
Worcestershire County Council as scheme
administrator for the county scheme is now in the process of
replacing existing old style passes, issued to Redditch residents
by Redditch Borough Council and Worcestershire County Council, with
Redditch-specific passes for the borough’s 13,000-plus pass
holders, 80% of which were already due for renewal at this
Eligible pass holders are able to use
pre-9.30am buses from Monday and are not required to wait for a
renewed pass in the meantime. Your existing pass is still
valid for travel anywhere in England up to the date of expiry on
the front of the pass.
Eligibility for free concessionary travel on
local bus services in England is based on age or disability. The
age of eligibility for women is pensionable age and for men, it is
the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day.
An eligible disabled person is someone: who is
blind or partially sighted; who is profoundly or severely deaf; who
is without speech; who has a disability or has suffered injury
which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her
ability to walk; who does not have arms or has long-term loss of
the use of both arms; who has a relevant learning disability; or
who is not able to get a driving license pursuant to Part III
section 92 of the Road Traffic Act (physical fitness) otherwise
than on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.