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We welcome your comments and enquiries. Information affecting bus pass holders, pensioners and disabled people generally is given free and impartially.

Many questions relating to bus passes can be answered from the pages of this blog, so you might like to try that approach first.

To make a comment or raise a query comment forms can be found on most pages, and you can also see what other people have had to say there. e.g. ‘Where to Apply’ , When can I get a bus pass , or Disabled Bus Passes & Benefits

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FAQs:

Using a bus pass outside your own area Bus passes issued in England are valid throughout England on bus services, Bus passes issued in Scotland are valid throughout Scotland, the same applies to Wales and N Ireland. But bus passes are not valid throughout the UK e.g. a bus pass issued in Scotland is not valid for use in England, or vice-versa.

Renewing a bus pass – the best way to check this is to go to our ‘Renewing your bus pass’ page. (in a lot of cases (but not all) the council sends out a letter a month or two before your bus pass runs out, but you can check as mentioned above.)
Visitors to London – we have summarised advice for visitors to London , in a webpage.
Visitors from Overseas British nationals living outside the UK often ask ‘can I get a bus pass when I visit the UK?’ – our answer invariably is that ‘you need to prove permanent residence in the UK to qualify.’

11 thoughts on “Comments

  1. Chris

    Rather than take bus passes away from everyone, why not tax pensioners, at least those on the higher rate of tax – I’m one – on the value of the pass. They are a liberation and keep a substantial number of people off the road and out of the house. I love my bus pass and would much rather pay than lose it.

  2. Mark

    I have a Cheshire Disabled Pass, which works fine on Arriva buses in Cheshire and Merseyside, Stagecoach in Mancheser etc., however, First buses in Manchester and Stoke On Trent/Cheshire do not work and nobody can tell me why?

  3. Molly Porter

    How may I add my name to the petition to save/protect the Freedom Pass which I’ve read about today in the Guardian?

  4. admin Post author

    English bus passes aren’t valid in Wales or Scotland, or vice versa.

    re Blackpool, maybe the council are hoping that income will increase from people from other places who may pay the tram fares ? (sorry I shouldn’t be making an excuse for them !)

  5. Eileen Priestley

    We are hoping to go on holiday to Wales shortly can we use our English issued passes there. We may also go to Scotland would we be able to use them there.

    As a matter of interest, I have contacted Blackpool Council regarding the withdrawal of the free tram service and asked where the cost of carrying pass holders come from as the tram will be running anyway and the fixed overhead costs will be incurred but the tram will be empty so not deriving enough income anyway. I have received a couple of replies from the Council’s spokesperson but they haven’t been able to explain where the costs and savings come from so none the wiser.

  6. admin Post author

    re qualifying date, you might like to check our webpage http://www.blog.freebustravel.co.uk/when-can-i-get-a-bus-pass/ as depending on your mother’s date of birth, if aged 60 now a qualifying date at age 63 would apply. (the qualifying age in England is being phased from age 60 to 65). This doesn’t take away the point you make as to why some in the UK qualify at age 60 and some later.

    The answer is that where the qualifying age is at age 60 the local council (in the case of Merseyside & London) or the devolved government in the case of Wales, Scotland or N Ireland have decided to fund the additional cost of the earlier qualifying date. The same applies in the places where travel on rail,trams or metro systems is included e.g. Merseyside, London, West Lancashire, Manchester, West Midlands, South Yorkshire – the local council is funding the cost. There is more info on ‘local variations’ on this webpage

  7. Richard

    Why is it that bus pass ages depend upon where you live? My mother, who is 60, lives in Kent and will have to pay for her bus pass until she is 65. My mother and father in law, who are also 60 but live in Merseyside received their bus passes at the age of 60.

    For my mum and her date of birth the website says:

    “The date you qualify for a bus pass depends on if you live in:

    England – 6 November 2017
    Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – it’s usually when you turn 60
    Check with your council as the date may be sooner.”

    If my mum lived in one of these countries or in Merseyside with me she would have got her bus pass in August 2013. Instead she has to wait until November 2017. Each bus journey costs her the best part of £6 to town and back home. If she only went twice a month until 6/11/2017, this would cost her around £540.

    If she was to get her bus pass like other parts of Britain, she could use the money she’s spending on bus fares (which other fellow 60-year-old plus English are already getting the opportunity to) and regenerate the £540+ back into the English economy until she was 64 years and 3 months and also into the future.

    Why do Scotland ,Wales,Northern Ireland and Various English Counties differ in our United? Kingdom.

  8. Peter

    Interesting reading, the back page of the Stagecoach leaflet.
    It says that the Smartcard has an electronic chip and one should store the card away from other cards with electronic chips in them.
    How many pockets/handbags do they think people have? That’s an impossible requirement.
    I carry a London Freedom Pass and a Barclaycard in my wallet. The presence of the Barclaycard prevents the Freedom pass from being recognised by the ticket gates.
    My solution is to wrap the Barclaycard in some aluminium foil, hence encasing it in what’s technically known as a “Faraday Shield”, which stops the Barclaycard from responding to the gate.
    Why didn’t the manufacturers of these cards design them so they didn’t interfere with each other?

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