There will be no changes to the national ‘free bus passes’ provided to older and disabled people. However, WSCC funding is currently provided for certain additions to the national ‘free bus pass’ scheme. The proposal being consulted on is to no longer offer a free Senior Railcard as an alternative to the bus pass.
If the proposal goes ahead, eligible older people will be able to receive their free bus pass instead of a free Senior Railcard. WSCC will continue to fund the following additions to the national scheme in West Sussex:
- Free travel on buses at any time for Disabled Person’s Bus Pass holders
- Companion passes so that qualifying pass holders who need help to travel on buses can take someone with them who can travel for free as well
- A free Disabled Person’s Railcard instead of the Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
Before any decision is made, WSCC is keen to gather feedback from passengers and others to help it understand the impact of this change.
Further information and the consultation questionnaire is available online here - or by calling 01243 642105 for a paper copy.
The closing date for responses is 4 December 2019.