Senior citizen and disabled bus pass changes

The opportunity that allowed free bus travel before 9.30am during the coronavirus pandemic will come to an end next month.

Kent County Council offered disabled and older people the chance to use their pass for free travel before 9.30am to take advantage of dedicated shopping slots.

After the switch on August 30, holders of the senior citizen and disabled bus pass will continue to be able to travel for free on buses after 9.30am.

KCC’s Head of Public Transport Phil Lightowler said: “The pressures on food shopping have eased, and to prepare for the return of schools in September, we will be going back to the usual national valid times.

“We really hope that we have been able to help vulnerable pass holders during lockdown and as much as we would love to continue offering this opportunity, it is important that we focus on maximising the space available for children needing to use the bus to travel to school.”

Kent County Council has a statutory duty to provide passes for free bus travel throughout England for older and disabled people under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS).

Over 250,000 people in the county have a bus pass, with around 227,000 for older people and 22,000 for disabled people.

The changeover will come on Monday, August 30, and passes can only be used from 9.30am Mondays to Fridays and at all times at weekends and bank holidays.

Senior citizen and disabled bus pass changes was last modified: July 31st, 2020 by Thom Morris