Wiltshire Council has confirmed that all holders of Wiltshire concessionary bus passes can continue using their pass to travel at any time on local bus services during April.
Normally, concessionary bus passes for older and disabled people cannot be used to travel before 9.30am on weekdays, but Wiltshire Council agreed with bus operators to temporarily lift this restriction from 1 September 2022 until 31 March 2023 to encourage more people to return to using public transport following the lifting of COVID restrictions.
Following the success of the scheme, the council and bus operators have now agreed that the offer will continue until 30 April on all local buses that operate within the Wiltshire Council area, or for any bus journeys that begin in Wiltshire. Concessionary passes cannot be used to board a bus within the Borough of Swindon before 9.30am on weekdays.
Cllr Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We’re delighted to be able to extend this scheme, which allows Wiltshire concessionary bus pass holders to travel for free at any time on Wiltshire buses during April.
“This great offer helps to meet our Business Plan commitment to have well-connected communities, and to increase the use of public transport.
“I’d like to thank our bus operators, who have agreed to keep this initiative going for a further month to help boost bus travel in Wiltshire as this also help with the current cost of living pressures.
“With the Government’s £2 bus fare cap scheme now also extended until the end of June, there has never been a better time for Wiltshire residents to start exploring our beautiful county again by bus.”
To find out more, people should see www.wiltshire.gov.uk/transport-public-transport-bus