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Concessionary travel - Christchurch

National bus passes (concessionary travel)

Holders of a national bus pass enjoy free off-peak local bus travel anywhere in England.  Since April 2011 travel concessions for older people and disabled people in Dorset have been the responsibility of Dorset County Council.  The district and borough councils will continue to process applications and answer queries on concessionary travel on behalf of the county council until March 2013.

From 6th April 2010 qualifying residents of Christchurch have been able to travel free Mon – Friday 9.30am – 11pm and all day at weekends and bank holidays on buses throughout England (subject to national scheme restrictions).

Am I eligible?

Effective since April 2010, the government have introduced changes to the criteria by which people qualify for a bus pass on the grounds of age bringing it in line with the increase in the pensionable age for women from 60 to 65.  The age of eligibility will rise in stages between 2010 and 2020, meaning the earliest age for men and women to get bus passes will gradually increase from 60 on 6th April 2010 to 65 on 5th April 2020 to correspond with the age that you reach your state pension age
A national pass is available to permanent residents of Christchurch if the applicants have reached their state pension age, or are below pensionable age and disabled, and meet the following criteria:

• You are partially sighted or blind

• You have a learning disability

• You are without speech

• You are without arms or have lost the use of both arms

• You have been refused a driving licence for medical reasons

• You have a disability or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long term affect on your ability to walk (which   is comparable to the level required to claim Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance)

• You are receiving DLA – Higher Rate Mobility Component, or War Pensioners Mobility Allowance.

• You have been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability by the Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA)


Additional Christchurch Travel Concessions

If you are blind or partially sighted, your bus pass will entitle you to a free bus travel at all times.  It will also permit a companion to travel with you free of charge when boarding in the Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole areas at any time.
If you suffer from a permanent disability that prevents from using a public bus service, you may be entitled to Travel Tokens.  Your free bus pass is not valid for travel on coach journeys (for example National Express) private coach or bus tours.

For further information contact:

Concessionary Travel (Christchurch and East Dorset Councils)


Civic Offices
Bridge Street
Christchurch
BH23 1AZ
Tel: 01202 495000
Fax: 01202 495234
Email: customer – services@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk

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