A major project to renew almost half a million free travel passes for over 60s and people with disabilities in Greater Manchester is now under way.
Transport for Greater Manchester is in the process of writing to people who have an English National Concessionary Travel Pass (ENCTP) that is due to expire in coming weeks and months.
The ENCTP is a national scheme which provides free travel on local buses after 9.30am to over-60s and people with disabilities.
It was launched a little under five years ago, which is the same length of time each card is valid for. As a result, the majority of the 420,000-plus passes issued in Greater Manchester to date will be coming up for renewal from April onwards this year.
Although funded by the government, the administration of the passes falls to TfGM and plans have been developed to ensure that the renewals process runs smoothly.
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Our Comment: Across the country millions of bus passes are due for renewal in April – some are doing it automatically, some leaving it all to the bus pass holder – some local authority websites say what you must do on , but some don’t and leave you to find out. To find contact details for your area, go to our ‘where to apply’ pages