Senior residents are being urged by West Sussex County Council to consider returning to the buses to take full advantage of their eligible free pass and could win £100 of supermarket vouchers.
There has been a gradual return to the buses since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. Now, pensioners are being urged to “Bus It” and consider getting back on board for a more sustainable way to travel.
With their bus passes, senior residents can travel off-peak on local buses anywhere in England as far and as often as they like (including London). Passes enable people to:
save money on petrol/car running costs
keep in touch with friends and family
travel to appointments or work
support their independence
explore our beautiful towns and countryside
Passengers will find better ventilated vehicles since before the pandemic, with more advanced cleaning regimes used by the bus operators.
Jaki (73), from Petworth, says: “Using my free bus pass has many benefits. I still work twice a week and the free bus pass saves me on car parking costs, petrol and car wear and tear.
“It’s more relaxing than driving and means I don’t have to travel on my own. It’s also very sociable and you get to meet all sorts of people to have a chat to.
“As a pensioner on a limited income, the bus pass means I can travel all over the country and it gives me the chance to make different journeys and explore new places for free.
“I can also use it on holidays or in the school holidays if I want to take my grandchildren for a fun day out.”
Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Buses provide vital links for residents to access key services including healthcare, education, shops and leisure facilities, and can help combat social isolation. Overall, we provided £15.15million in support for buses in 2021/22, when you exclude Covid-19-related Government funding.
“Bus companies have been working hard to encourage people to get back on board and have made many improvements: I urge people to consider seeing this for themselves and senior residents in particular to take full advantage of their eligible free pass.”
Residents of state pension age are also being urged to let us know their views on local bus services in a #BusIt survey – with the chance to win £100 worth of supermarket vouchers. The survey opens on Monday 26 September until Friday 4 November 2022.
Residents who also apply their free bus pass between now and Friday 16 December will also be entered into a prize draw to win £100 of supermarket vouchers.
Take part in the survey at www.westsussex.gov.uk/busit or find out more information about how to apply for, renew or replace a bus pass at www.westsussex.gov.uk/buspass.