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Older person’s bus pass reverts to 9:30am start time as schools and colleges open

Concessionary travel times for older people to travel free on Hampshire’s buses will revert to the normal 9:30am start on Monday 8 March, as bus services prepare for Hampshire’s young people to return to school and college.


Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council said: “As schools and colleges prepare to open for greater numbers of children and young people from 8 March, we can expect travel times to start to get back to more traditional peak periods. It seems the right time to revert to the usual operating hours for bus passes for older people, helping to ensure bus operators have the capacity to provide journeys to those who need to travel to school and college by bus.”


The 9:30am start time for older people’s bus passes was temporarily removed in January this year to help older people travel to early morning vaccination appointments and travel at quieter times for essential journeys such as those for food shopping.

Councillor Humby continued: “I would like to thank Hampshire’s bus operators, once again, for making changes quickly and efficiently, responding to the ever-changing demands brought about by travel restrictions in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus, while making sure people are safe for essential journeys.”

Older Persons Concessionary Bus Passes are available for people who have reached State Pension age. The older person’s bus pass entitles people to free travel on bus services throughout England from 9:30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Further information is available at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/buspasses

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