Category Archives: Concessionary fare reimbursements

Seniors to travel free on Tyneside & Wearside Metro system this summer

Older and some disabled people will be able to travel on the Metro for free all day this summer.

Metro operator Nexus will – during July and August – lift the restriction on holders of the Metro Gold Card, which normally prevents them from using the card before 9.30am on weekdays.

The offer starts tomorrow, with the normal all day arrangements continuing at weekends and bank holidays.

Nexus’ director of finance and resources, John Fenwick, said: “This is a great special offer that we have run for the last few years, allowing Gold Card holders the chance to travel all day on Metro over the summer.

“We can do this in July and August because there are far fewer students using Metro and there are generally less commuters than at other times of the year.

“It’s an offer that encourages people with Gold Cards to use Metro for days out. It is ideal for grandparents taking their grandchildren out over the summer holidays for days out.”

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152,000 Bus Pass Petition goes to Downing Street

On Wednesday 10 September 2014 The Walsall Pensioners’ Convention presented a petition of over 152,000 signatures to Downing Street, asking for assurances that the bus pass for the over 60s will be retained in its current form.

A total of 152,374 pen on paper signatures were collected and phone requests are still coming in for forms from all over the country.

Click here For more information on the campaign with contact details

Read more in the Express & Star

Wheeling the petition to Downing Street

Wheeling the petition to Downing Street


Taking the box of petition forms to Downing Street

Taking the box of petition forms to Downing Street

Walsall Pensioners’ Convention

Walsall Pensioners’ Convention

Members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention being interviewed by ITV Central News

Members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention being interviewed by ITV Central News

Alison McGovern MP (Wirral - Labour)with members of Walsall Pensioners Convention

Alison McGovern MP (Wirral – Labour)with members of Walsall Pensioners Convention

David Winnick MP(Walsall North - Labour) with members of Walsall Pensioners Convention

David Winnick MP(Walsall North – Labour) with members of Walsall Pensioners Convention

One of the placards carried by our members

One of the placards carried by our members

 Douglas Hansen -Luke prospective Conservative candidate (Walsall North) signed the petition.

Douglas Hansen -Luke prospective Conservative candidate (Walsall North) signed the petition.


Members of Walsall Pensioners Convention outside Downing Street

Members of Walsall Pensioners Convention outside Downing Street

Valerie Vaz MP with members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention

Valerie Vaz MP with members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention

More information from Valerie Vaz

Richard Worrall

Richard Worrall

David Winnick at Downing Street giving details of petitioners

David Winnick at Downing Street giving details of petitioners

Richard

Richard with the box of petition forms in Downing Street

Stagecoach threaten legal challenge to Welsh Government on concessionary fare funding

STAGECOACH Group has threatened a legal challenge over plans by the Welsh Government to reduce the budget of its concessionary travel scheme.

The transport operator said it intends to bring a judicial review, which is a court proceeding where a judge looks at the lawfulness of a decision or action by a public body, unless the Welsh assembly’s plan is reconsidered before April 1.

The potential action comes after the Welsh Government recently agreed a funding package of £189 million for free bus travel in Wales for the next three years.

That is a reduction of more than 11% on the £213.3m that has been allocated during the past three years.

Around 720,000 people in Wales, including serving members and veterans from the armed forces, are eligible to use the scheme.

Stagecoach said its legal advisors suggest the Welsh Government has made an error by capping the scheme to fit within a budget as opposed to following a statutory principle that transport operators should be no better and no worse off as a result of a concessionary scheme.

That principle makes allowances so operators should not miss out on the fares they would have collected while also taking into account the likelihood that more people are likely to travel as a result of a concessionary scheme.

Perth based Stagecoach is the largest bus operator in Wales with seven depots, almost 400 vehicles and around 900 staff.
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Last chance for free Blackpool tram ride ?

blackpool-tram

At present any bus pass holder whose pass was issued in England can use their bus pass on Blackpool trams, but on 31st March 2014 only bus passes issued to Blackpool residents will be able to use their bus pass on them.

The renewed tram system has level boarding and step-free interiors and designated disabled/pushchair areas making them accessible to all. The frequent and reliable service connects passengers to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline.

Tram prices

With the fare for over 16 stops at £2.30 even if you have to pay it sounds a good deal to us. Or an all day saver also looks good value:

Blackpool all day saver

Doncaster silver surfers’ urged to renew bus pass online

Transport bosses are urging South Yorkshire’s senior travel pass holders to beat the chill this winter by renewing their pass online.

Travel South Yorkshire’s online pass replacement service makes renewing or replacing a senior travel pass when it is due to expire quick and simple, without the need to visit a Travel South Yorkshire Information Centre.

Senior passes (also known as English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes) can be renewed in five simple steps at travelsouthyorkshire.com, within one month of their expiry date, and will be posted to home addresses within ten days.

SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “Travel South Yorkshire is committed to improving access to our services for all passengers. Our simple online pass replacement service gives customers the option of renewing their senior pass at a time and day that suits them, helping those that are less mobile or want to avoid any unnecessary journeys as the weather turns colder.

“We are urging those that know their way around the web to help parents, grandparents or older relatives and friends that don’t use the internet as often by showing them how to renew their pass online.”
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Scheme to give bus pass holders a discount on coach fares

IT is the pioneering transport scheme setting the wheels in motion to secure Southampton as a leading hub for coach travel.

Passengers in the city are the first to benefit from an innovative scheme launching today offering cheaper coach travel.

Britain’s largest coach operator National Express has chosen Southampton as the pilot city for its groundbreaking new scheme enabling concessionary bus pass holders a 20 per cent discount on their fares.

The deal is the next step in the My Journey initiative, a joint scheme between Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council to boost public transport in the area.
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passengers will also be able to use bank cards, bus passes and mobile phones to pay on MetroLink

Transport chiefs say they won’t refer to it as a card like the Oyster or Liverpool’s Walrus scheme, as passengers will also be able to use bank cards, bus passes and mobile phones to pay for ticketless journeys.
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The name of Greater Manchester’s much-anticipated and long-awaited version of London’s Oyster card can be revealed today. It will be called… “My Get Me There”.

Transport chiefs say they won’t refer to it as a card like the Oyster or Liverpool’s Walrus scheme, as passengers will also be able to use bank cards, bus passes and mobile phones to pay for ticketless journeys.

But politicians have labelled the Get Me There system ‘confusing’ and say it fails to rival the catchy branding used by other cities.

The M.E.N asked readers at the time what they thought the scheme should be called – with suggestions including the Cotton Card, the Busy Bee Card, and the Ryder Card, after Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder.

Travel bosses say it will be one of the world’s most advanced smart-ticketing systems when it is launched in phases from next year.

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unanimous support for bus pass tram travel in Edinburgh

PRESSURE was mounting today on the Scottish Government to guarantee free travel for over-60s and disabled people on Edinburgh’s trams.

There is unanimous support from all parties on the city council for the move.

And a clear majority of Edinburgh’s MPs and MSPs have given their backing to the Evening News’ Fare Deal For Over-60s campaign to ensure the concessionary fares scheme which currently operates on buses is extended to the trams.

Transport convener Lesley Hinds said what was at stake was the ability of Edinburgh to operate an integrated transport system of buses and trams with joint ticketing.

The extension of the free fares which cover buses was an integral part of the business case for the tram project, which was approved by Scottish Government agency Transport Scotland.

If over-60s and disabled people are banned from using their passes, the council has calculated it will leave a £500,000 hole in the trams finances.

Councillor Hinds said: “The previous Scottish Executive and this Scottish Government have always given encouragement to the assumption that concessionary travel would be used on the trams.”

Lothians Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale said: “It was always the intention to include trams in the bus passes. That’s what fully integrated transport is all about. If we don’t do that there is no way we can persuade people to get out of their cars and onto public transport.

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a rail journey finishing outside Manchester using a PTE pass – help needed !

We are asked “If I wanted to travel outside the Greater Manchester boundary on a train using my gmpte over 60′s bus pass. How would I pay for the extra bit of the journey ? Would I have to get off the train at the boundary of the GM area and get on a new train and pay or is their an easier way?”

The Manchester PTE website says the pass “is valid for free (after 9.30am) fare travel only for journeys which begin and end within the Greater Manchester rail boundary.

So lets say the Manchester Bus Pass holder wanted to travel to Knutsford, can he/she use the pass for part of the journey and pay the remainder, if so how ? We’d be grateful for anyone who has tried this and knows the answer !

Cost of bus pass concessionary fares falls – official

In a Department of Transport report – “Bus Statistics: Concessionary Travel
Statistical Release” key findings include:
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In 2011/12, there were around 9.8m older and disabled concessionary bus passes in England, with an average of 109 bus journeys per pass per year.
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Pass numbers in England are forecast to increase by 3 per cent in 2012/13, according to forecasts by Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs).
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Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs) paid £898m in 2011/12 to reimburse bus operators for concessionary journeys by older and disabled people, a fall of 2 per cent in real terms from 2010/11.
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The average reimbursement per concessionary journey in 2011/12 was 84 pence, a fall of 3 pence per journey in real terms, compared to 2010/11. Non-metropolitan areas reported the largest decrease in reimbursement per journey – 7 pence per journey between 2010/11 and 2011/12.
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No specific information on the impact of raising the qualifying age for a bus pass to age 65 is given, though this will inevitably have reduced the costs.

driver admitted he had used concessionary fare cards to inflate the number of people travelling on the bus

A GREENOCK man has been banned from driving buses for a year in the wake of a concessionary fare cards scam.

Terence Stinson, 54, of Grieve Road, was put off the road by the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland.

Earlier this year he was fined £500 at Greenock Sheriff Court for being part of a scheme to defraud Transport Scotland.

Traffic Commissioner Joan Aitken has now held a conduct hearing to consider Mr Stinson’s entitlement to continue driving passenger-carrying vehicles under his ‘vocational licence’.

She heard evidence from Mr Stinson that he was working for Scottish Travel and Wilson’s Coaches when he committed the offences.

The driver admitted he had used concessionary fare cards to inflate the number of people travelling on the bus and make it look busier.

He told Ms Aitken he had been trying to impress his employer and keep himself and other drivers in a job, and indicated there was no personal financial gain to the activity.
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