Concessionary travel scheme to be extended

Warwickshire County Council’s concessionary travel scheme has been extended for another five years.

 

The scheme, which provides free off-peak bus travel to Warwickshire County Council pass-holders, will now remain in place until at least March 2023.

It means that pass-holders will continue to enjoy free bus travel in Warwickshire from 9am and until midnight on weekdays and at all times at weekends and on public holidays. Passholders can also use their passes outside Warwickshire from 9.30 am until 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekend and bank holidays.

The concessionary travel scheme is very well-used. Around 40 per cent of all bus journeys in Warwickshire are Concessionary Travel journeys.

A survey of passholders, carried out in June and July, found that over 95% of respondents were fairly, or very, satisfied with the punctuality of buses and the attitude of bus drivers in the county.

Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Transport and Environment, Cllr Jeff Clarke, said: “We are very pleased to extend the Concessionary Travel scheme in its current form for another five years because it has many benefits to the communities of Warwickshire.

“Alongside the obvious environmental value of encouraging people on to public transport, the scheme offers the option of local travel to some people who would not otherwise have it and prevents them becoming isolated.”