Concessionary bus pass hours are to return to normal in Buckinghamshire from Monday 15th June 2020.
In line with the latest Government Guidance travel limits on concessionary bus passes, which were lifted when lockdown restrictions started in March 2020, are to be reinstated on Monday 15th June 2020.
Normally Buckinghamshire’s 72,000 concessionary pass holders can travel in Buckinghamshire on weekdays from 9.00am to 11.59pm and all day at weekends.
However on Monday 23rd March 2020 Buckinghamshire Council lifted the travel time limits to allow older and more vulnerable passengers to take advantage of early opening times at shops and other essential services before 9.00am.
With easing of lockdown rules, increases in peak time passenger numbers are expected to continue especially when shops reopen and as more people start travelling back to work.
Around 12% of concessionary bus trips, an average of 632 trips per week, on Mondays to Fridays during April 2020 and early May 2020 were made in the extended time period before 9.00am.
Details of when concessionary passes can be used can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website at https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/transport-and-roads/buses-and-trains/concessionary-bus-pass-faqs/when-can-i-use-my-bus-pass/.
David Martin, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Logistics, said: ‘I really do hope the relaxation of travel limits helped our older and more vulnerable residents with their essential shopping, but now we need to do our best to manage passenger numbers at peak times and help the bus companies maintain social distancing on their buses.‘
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.