Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme for older people – consultation

Organisation
Article date
27 November 2018
Primary interest
Disability

Reading Borough Council is consulting on proposed changes to the concessionary fares scheme in Reading that would end the entitlement of local elderly and disabled people to use their bus pass on ReadiBus.

The Council wants as much feedback as possible so that it can fully understand the impact of this proposal – that is, as well as hearing from users of the ReadiBus service, it would like to hear from carers, clubs and community groups and would also like to hear about the potential impact on other council and community services and initiatives (including, for example, the Council’s priority to ‘reduce loneliness and social isolation’ in its Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2020).

National legislation entitles older people and disabled people to use a bus pass for their journeys on public transport that provides for free travel after 9.30 am. The legislation leaves it to the discretion of local authorities as to whether this bus pass can also be used on local alternative bus services for elderly and disabled people, such as ReadiBus. Reading Borough Council has, to date, honoured the use of both the older person and Access bus pass for journeys on ReadiBus.

ReadiBus is the alternative bus service in Reading for people with restricted mobility who cannot use the ordinary buses. It has been an integral part of the bus network in Reading for over three decades and there are over a thousand elderly Reading Borough residents currently using their older person bus pass to travel on it. For local elderly and disabled people who cannot use mainstream public transport for the journeys that they wish to make, ReadiBus is the only bus that they can use their bus pass on.

Take part in the consultation – open until 19 December 2018

Anyone with a view on the council’s proposal to end this entitlement for local elderly and disabled people is encouraged to respond to this consultation by email to transport@reading.gov.uk or by post to:

Reading Borough Council
Concessionary Fares Consultation 2018
Transport Planning
Floor 1, Civic Offices
Bridge Street
Reading
RG1 2LU

You can also complete the consultation online here.

The closing date for receipt of responses to the council is Wednesday 19 December 2018.