Bus pass rules relaxed to help people get to early-morning COVID-19 vaccinations

“Where possible, we want to support the vital vaccination programme"

 

Release date: 13 January 2021

To help pensioners and vulnerable people get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, concessionary bus pass holders can travel for free in West Sussex before 9.30am from Monday (18 January).

The temporary relaxation of the rules aims to help concessionary bus pass holders travel to early-morning vaccination appointments. The relaxation will continue until schools fully reopen.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “Where possible, we want to support the vital vaccination programme and we hope this move will make things a little easier for older and vulnerable people to get to early-morning appointments.

“Thanks go again to the bus operators who have supported us in this move.”

More information about the county council’s bus pass is available online.

NB: Concessionary bus pass holders can currently travel for free in West Sussex, off-peak - which is weekdays 9.30am-11pm and all day on weekends and bank holidays: from Monday, this temporary relaxation will allow them to also travel for free before 9.30am.

 

Notes to editors:

Bus operators in West Sussex include:

Arriva - www.arrivabus.co.uk

Brighton & Hove - www.buses.co.uk

Compass Travel - www.compass-travel.co.uk

Metrobus - www.metrobus.co.uk

Portsmouth City Coaches - www.portsmouthcitycoaches.co.uk

Southdown Buses - www.southdown.net

Southern Transit – www.southerntransit.co.uk

Stagecoach - www.stagecoachbus.com

Sussex Coaches – www.sussex-coaches.co.uk

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