Concessionary bus pass restrictions eased to help vaccination centre travel

Time restrictions on the use of concessionary bus passes have been relaxed – to help people travelling to local vaccination centres.

West of England Combined Authority (WECA) announced this week that passes would now be valid at all times up to Friday 26 February across the whole region, to assist the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

This includes Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Those who are of pensionable age, or have a qualifying disability, are usually entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. They will now be able to use them all day at no extra cost.

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Getting vaccines rolled out and into the arms of our families and loved ones is the most crucial step we can take to get us back to normality and defeat this virus.

“I want to make sure that nothing holds back that process, so all concessionary bus pass holders will be able to use their passes at any time to get to and from their vaccination appointment.  

“We must also continue to follow the rules about hands, face and space and to stay home so we ease pressure on the NHS and save lives while the vaccine rollout continues.” 

WECA will consider an extension to the time period if needed and “respond to any change to government guidance” within that time.

For more information on concessionary passes, visit Travel West.

In Knowle West, many older people are using local community transport service, The Sprint, based at Inns Court Community and Family Centre, to travel to local vaccination centres.