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Changes to Concessionary Travel

Reading Borough Council has announced that, from 1 April, there will be changes to the validity of concessionary travel in the Reading Borough area. 

At the moment, Reading Borough Council offers its residents a concessionary bus pass scheme over and above the national average. This will change from April 1st after the Council last year announced it was having to remove its subsidy as a result of budget pressures caused by unprecedented cuts in Government funding and increased demands on services.

what are the changes?

The main change is that pensioners will no longer be able to use their concessionary bus passes before 9.30am on weekdays. This changes from the current time of 9am. Weekend and Bank Holiday use of the concessionary bus pass remains unchanged, meaning pensioners can still use them at any time. 

Concessionary bus passes will, however, no longer be accepted for use on football or rugby buses operated by us or Stagecoach. This is due to these buses being deemed as 'special services' and so are not covered by the concessionary scheme. 

The daily cut-off for concessionary passes will remain at 11pm Monday to Friday with passes remaining valid all day on weekends and bank holidays.

There are no proposed changes in Reading to the issue and acceptance of Access Passes for disabled persons’ bus travel which will continue to be valid at any time.

The changes also mean that from April 1st Reading Borough will no longer accept Wokingham concessionary passes between 9.00am and 9.30am, Monday to Friday. The arrangement to accept West Berkshire pass holders from 9.00 ended in May last year when West Berkshire Council similarly reverted to the national scheme as part of its own budget savings.

key points

The key points of the changes from 1 April are:
  • Concessionary passes for pensioners will only be valid from 9.30am Monday to Friday in the Reading Borough area
  • Concessionary passes pensioners will no longer be valid on football or rugby services (disabled Access passes will, however, still be valid on these servcies)
  • Wokingham Borough Council issued concessionary passes will no longer be valid in the Reading Borough area before 9.30am Monday to Friday

To find out more about concessionary travel, and the changes, please visit the Reading Borough Council website