As many of you may know, the West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention have for some time been talking to Transport for West Midlands to try and negotiate a pre 9.30 am reduced fare for users of the Pensioners’ Concessionary Bus Pass.
I am pleased to confirm that the pre-9.30am £1 Concessionary Fares on National Express Buses has now been agreed and will be introduced from Monday 8th January 2018 and covers all National Express Services operated by National Express West Midlands including those operating into adjoining districts to the West Midland County Area – It will also be available to users of the National Bus Pass visiting the West Midlands or having access to National Express West Midlands Bus Services in adjoining areas.
As the lead operator it is expected that other smaller companies will shortly offer a similar £1 fare facility some of which like Diamond already do.
The pre-9.30am start is not time limited and will prove especially beneficial for those needing to travel by bus fairly early – hopefully it will facilitate low cost access to hospital or similar appointments or early morning travel that would otherwise require use of a car including journeys to work for just £1.00 per day.
The Final Scheme has taken quite some time to work-up and is much better than originally anticipated when first raised by your WMPC Transport Group thanks to the co-operation of National Express and Transport for West Midlands officers and the assistance of our good friend Cllr Richard Worrall Chair of the TfWM Transport Delivery Group.
The Full details will be publicised shortly in the media via Press Release for which a promotional photo shoot took place a few days ago – see photo.
Details will also be circulated to Branches and via our usual information feeds shortly plus included in the January Edition of the West Midland Pensioner
I would take this opportunity to thank the WMPC Transport Team for all their enthusiasm, interest and practical support on Public Transport which is so important to the Senior Citizens we represent over the past year and the officers at TfWM who have been so helpful and given so much thought to the practical presentations and following up on the issues we have raised and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Transport Group Secretary – West Midlands Pensioners Convention
0121 733 8081 mobile 07818 091501