Bus pass changes

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BUS-PASS holders have been reminded of changes to the concessionary fares scheme, which the county council will take on responsibility for from April.

The county council announced last year that, despite taking on the scheme with reduced funding, it would do all it could for the service.

This has included maintaining free travel within the county at all times for Lincolnshire pass holders, including pre-9.30.

However, there will now be just the one face-to-face location to renew passes – City Hall in Lincoln.

Postal applications must be made for all others, although existing passes still displaying the district council logo will remain valid until the expiry date stated on the pass.

The county council is also working on adding an online application and renewals facility, expected to be available later in the year. Taxi tokens have also ended.

Anita Ruffle, Public Transport Strategy and Development Manager said:

“As we prepare to take this scheme on, there will inevitably be changes from the current system, but we’re determined to continue providing an excellent service for all bus pass holders.

“We know that being able to use the passes before 9.30am is very important to people and are pleased that we’ve been able to maintain this as part of the new arrangements.

For further information about the concessionary scheme - and where to pick up an application form, call the council on 01522 873700.