Free bus passes for elderly may be cut by councils after Government

21st March 2012

Is this the  end of free bus travel ?

 All bus operators will need to cut back on free bus travel  if subsidies are cut – and the pensioned people   could miss out

Free bus travel for the pensioned could be cut back due to budget cuts.

A time limit may be imposed on when passes are valid, in what campaigners warn will be the beginning of the end for concessionary travel.

Pensioners and the disabled are currently entitled to free off-peak travel in England.

These could include axing bus routes through rural areas or large estates, leaving vulnerable residents isolated.

Those eligible are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.

Local councils also offer other concessions including free travel during the morning peak, community transport services, reduced rail fares or companion passes. These usually apply only in the local area.