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Bus pass holders cannot travel for free in morning rush hour from next week

Bus pass holders cannot travel for free in morning rush hour from next week

Published by Beth Pridding
9:00am 19th June 2020.

People with concessionary bus passes will not be able travel for free before 9.30 in the morning, from next Monday.

Norfolk County Council says less seats will be available on buses due to social distancing. 

In March, Norfolk County Council temporarily changed its rules to allow passholders to travel before 9.30am, so that they could make the most of supermarkets' early opening slots for older or vulnerable people.

However, now that supermarkets are fully stocked and more online delivery slots are available - and because more people will be using buses to get to work - the temporary change is ending.

Councillor Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said:

"We were happy to waive the rules when there was demand for this change in March but it now makes sense to revert to the usual rules.

"We need to reserve our rush hour buses for workers who need to travel then and social distancing rules mean there will be fewer seats available.

"Concessionary pass holders are still free to travel after 9.30am, for essential journeys."