Merseyside Pensioners Will Continue To Get Free Bus Pass

Posted in: 16th April 2010 by erica

MERSEYSIDE pensioners will continue to get free travel despite a national rule change. The Department for Transport announcement means over the next 10 years the age at which people are entitled to their free bus pass will gradually rise from 60 to 65. But Merseytravel said the change will not affect Merseyside. Chairman Mark Dowd said: “We will continue to provide free travel on buses, trains and ferries after 9.30am for everyone over the age of 60 or who meets the disability criteria, a policy we initially introduced 22 years ago. “The additional costs because of changes to the English national bus scheme will be negligible. “We estimate it would mean providing a maximum additional 3,000 passes a year if everyone who is eligible applies and we have provided for this cost.”