Have your say: Free bus travel for older people and disabled people

Residents are being asked for their views on bus passes to help shape the future of the service.

The scheme was last reviewed in 2012, when councillors decided to retain the scheme without any changes.

In Warwickshire, a 9am start time for passes is subsidised by the county council, in addition to the basic entitlement, which is free off-peak bus travel between 9.30am until 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and on public holidays.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Transport and the Environment, said:

“When the scheme was last reviewed in 2012, Cabinet agreed that it would be looked at again during summer 2017.

“The consultation carried out in 2012 led to the choice of a 9am start time being retained across the county as it offered the greatest benefit to the greatest number of residents.

“We are now reviewing the discretionary elements, although it has to be made clear to our residents that there are currently no funds available to allow for any additional enhancements to the scheme at this time.”

In recent weeks Warwickshire County Council has been sending out a questionnaire to a random sample of passholders. The closing date for responses is 4 August.”

Customers are being asked about how they use their bus pass as well as about the service they have received from both the county council and the bus operators.

The questionnaire is available for anyone to fill in online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/concessionarytravel

A copy can also be printed from the website and returned to the team by post, or you can call 01926 359180 and ask for a copy to be posted to you.

The results from the questionnaire will help the county council undertake the review of the scheme, as well as providing feedback on the service the customers have received – both from the county council and from the bus operators.

More information is available on the Warwickshire Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/concessionarytravel