Over-60s prepare for free ticket to ride the buses anywhere in England

PUBLISHED: 11:42 10 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:01 06 May 2010

BUS passes allowing those aged over 60 and the disabled free travel anywhere in England will be available from April 1 – but St Albans District Council has no information about them on its website. The new passes will allow the over-60s or those who get a

BUS passes allowing those aged over 60 and the disabled free travel anywhere in England will be available from April 1 - but St Albans District Council has no information about them on its website.

The new passes will allow the over-60s or those who get a disabled bus pass, free travel anywhere in the country on a bus at off-peak times. The off-peak period runs from 9.30am until 11.30pm on weekdays and anytime at weekends and bank holidays.

The district council is responsible for providing the new passes to local residents who qualify but so far their website only advertises the current bus pass which provides countywide bus travel.

A council spokesperson said they were in the process of producing posters explaining the new passes and these would be put up across the district in places like the Tourist Information Centre, museums and leisure centres. They were also currently producing leaflets which would soon be posted to residents.

The spokesperson added that the Government had advertised the changes in magazines aimed at the over-60s as well as on TV and in newspapers.

He said: "We sent off application forms to everyone who currently has a permit and have been liaising with them since last year. The website will also be updated shortly."

The Government will pay £212 million a year to fund the nationwide bus passes and they think that around 11 million people will benefit from them.

For more information go to www.direct.gov.uk/buspass

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