£59,000 could be saved by bus pass changes


Reading Borough Council are proposing to save £59,000 by making changes to the town’s concessionary bus pass scheme. The council has launched a public consultation on their proposals which closes on Friday 30 September.

The council proposes to revert to the conditions of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) , which means that concessionary bus passes :

  • will be only valid from 9.30am to 11pm Monday-Friday, and will remain valid for at weekends and bank holidays,
  • will not be accepted from Wokingham or West Berkshire between 9am and 9.30am Monday-Friday,
  • will not be accepted on football and rugby special services to and from the Madejski stadium.

The current scheme accepts concessionary passes issued to the elderly from 9am on weekdays rather than the proposed 9.30am, and West Berkshire passes ceased being accepted for travel between 9am and 9.30am earlier this year. Disabled persons’ bus passes will continue to be valid at any time.

The changes to Reading’s concessionary bus pass scheme is planned to take effect from 1 April 2017.

A separate consultation was launched at the same time on the Readybike scheme.

Contributions to the consultation can be made until 30 September :

Concessionary Fares Consultation,
Transport Strategy,
Reading Borough Council,
Civic Offices,
Bridge Street,

  1. Budget Consultations on Concessionary Bus Passes and Readybike
  2. Policy Committee 18 July 2016, Budget Proposals 2016-20 to Narrow the Budget Gap (in particular Appendix 1)
  3. Policy Committee 18 July 2016
  4. English National Concessionary Travel Scheme
  5. Apply for an older person’s bus pass