Coronavirus: Bus Passes

Concessionary Bus Pass Restrictions Lifted

I wrote to Gloucestershire County Council yesterday asking whether the restrictions on bus passes could be lifted.

They acted immediately with Stagecoach and the restrictions will be lifted from Monday 23rd March 2020. Good news!

I raised this as some supermarkets have created a 'silver hour' so that elderly vulnerable people can shop for food while adhering to reducing social contact - this is fine but the hour(s) are before 9am when older people cannot use their free bus passes. The restrictions being lifted will change this.

I hope these changes will also help our high streets going forward. The businesses are open and need support even while we comply with the guidance for social distancing.

All Gloucestershire MPs backed the idea and we are grateful to the County Council for acting so quickly.

The official info:

Time restrictions applying to the English national concessionary bus pass scheme in Gloucestershire will be removed from Monday 23 March. Anyone holding a pass will be able to travel for free on all public bus services until further notice.


Statement: COVID-19 community resilience in Stroud district

Stroud District Council political group leaders Doina Cornell, Martin Whiteside, Ken Tucker and Stephen Davies, SDC Chief Executive Kathy O’Leary, Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie and The Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown have issued a joint statement to address residents’ concerns and thank them