20/03/2020 - Permalink

Restrictions on concessionary bus travel lifted due to coronavirus

Related topics: Coronavirus / Highways, transport and environmental maintenance

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In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Shropshire Council has extended its concessionary bus travel for the elderly and vulnerable, to enable them to take advantage of the exclusive early morning shopping times being offered by some supermarkets and shops.

Until today concessionary bus passes couldn’t be used before 9.30am.

Under the new arrangement the passes can be used before 9.30am, with immediate effect and until further notice.

The change applies to all bus services operating in the Shropshire Council area.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Previously concessionary travel did not kick in until after the morning rush-hour, but in response to coronavirus those who have the passes can now travel earlier so they can get to the shops to buy food and other essential items.

“These are challenging times and we hope this will provide a vital lifeline for our elderly and vulnerable customers”