Relaxation of bus pass rules in Devon to end – as ‘early-morning capacity is needed for commuters’

A relaxation of rules allowing bus pass holders in Devon to travel for free at any time of day is to end.  

Friday, June 5, will be the last day the passes can be used in the county before 9.30am.

Transport chiefs temporarily lifted the restrictions in March to help over-70s get to the shops in the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, Devon County Council (DCC) says, as more people return to work and social distancing needs to be maintained, early-morning bus capacity ‘is needed for commuters’.

Travel with the National Bus Pass will revert to the standard operating times from Saturday, June 6.

Holders can still enjoy unlimited travel at weekends and bank holidays and from 9.30am until the end of service on weekdays.

Councillor Roger Croad, DCC cabinet member with responsibility for transport, said: “It was important that the temporary change was introduced to help people during lockdown, and hopefully it has made life easier over the last couple of months.

“As more people start to return to work, our transport providers need the capacity on their services in the morning for commuters.

“Holders of the national bus pass will find their pass reverting to its original conditions so they can enjoy free off-peak travel on local buses.”

For more information, call 01392 383688 and ask for Concessionary Travel, or email nationalbuspass@devon.gov.uk.

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