Transport chiefs in Devon have relaxed restrictions for buss pass users amid the coronavirus pandemic – allowing them to travel earlier in the day.
County council bosses made the temporary move today (Friday, March 20) to help over-70s travel to shops and supermarkets offering exclusive opening hours for the elderly.
National Bus Pass holders can now use public transport before 9.30am.
The restriction had been in place on weekdays, but Devon County Council (DCC) said a reduction in commuters and schoolchildren using buses has freed-up capacity.
Councillor Roger Croad, cabinet member with responsibility for transport, said: “We want to make life as straight-forward as possible during the current pandemic, so we’ve worked in agreement with bus companies to temporarily remove the weekday restriction on National Bus Pass holders being able to use their pass before 9.30am.
“This is possible because of the reduced number of people travelling across the network at this time.
“We’ve seen a number of supermarkets open up their stores for older shoppers for the first hour of opening, so it makes sense that, where possible, we help open up access to services so that passengers can make it to their local shops and other essential services.
“Taking into account ongoing national travel advice, we are also working with our transport providers to maintain a network of services as much as possible for those people that rely on local bus services.”