Concessionary Travel - Bus Passes
The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme allows all eligible older and disabled people to travel free on off-peak scheduled bus services anywhere in England. Off peak hours are between 9.30am – 11pm Monday to Friday and all day on weekends and bank holidays. Details of the eligibility criteria and other scheme information can be found in the Concessionary Bus Travel Brochure which can be downloaded via the download tab above.
From 6th April 2010 the age of eligibility for women will be pension age and for men it will be the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day. The Pension age for women is rising by five years over a ten year period and the eligible age for a bus pass will rise gradually over this period. The date you will be eligible for a bus pass will depend on the month in which you were born and it will not fall on your birthday.
Enter your date of birth on Directgov’s State Pension Age Calculator to find out when you are eligible to receive a bus pass:
Certain types of services are excluded from the English National Bus Pass scheme which include:
- Services where most seats can be reserved (eg National Express or other long distance services)
- Rail Replacement Bus Services
- Park & Ride Services
- Coach Excursions & Tours
- Taxis & Private Hire Cars
- Certain seasonal Services
- Community Transport Schemes
From 1st April 2011 the responsibility for the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme was transferred from the District Councils to Lincolnshire County Council who will now be responsible for issuing new passes, renewals and replacing lost passes.
Application forms can be downloaded via the Download tab above or can be obtained from Lincolnshire County Council, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DN; your local Council Offices; your local Library, or alternatively by ringing the Concessionary Fares Team on 01522 873700
All applications should be made via post no earlier than 21 days in advance of your eligibility date. Alternatively, once you have reached your eligibility date you can visit the customer services centre at City Hall, Lincoln, Mondays to Fridays between 9.30am and 4pm and apply in person for your pass. Passes can be issued on site.
Lincolnshire Scheme Enhancements
Local Authorities are allowed, at their discretion and own cost, to provide additional concessions for the benefit of local residents. Local discretions can be subject to change.
In Lincolnshire, the County Council currently allows Lincolnshire pass holders to travel free of charge on Local Journeys before 9.30am on weekdays.