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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Maybe prompted by the bus pass petition delivered 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
Taking the box of petition forms to Downing Street
Walsall Pensioners’ Convention
Members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention being interviewed by ITV Central News
Alison McGovern MP (Wirral – 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
Douglas Hansen -Luke prospective Conservative candidate (Walsall North) signed the petition.
Members of Walsall Pensioners Convention outside Downing Street
Valerie Vaz MP with members of Walsall Pensioners’ Convention
More information from Valerie Vaz
David Winnick at Downing Street giving details of petitioners
Richard with the box of petition forms in Downing Street
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.