Free Bus Travel

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Free unrestricted bus travel for disabled residents and their carers is being fully reinstated from Monday September 19.

The Council is writing to the estimated 5,000 disabled residents and carers in the borough to confirm that from that date Access Passes and Companion Passes will once again become valid for free bus travel in Reading at anytime of the day or night, seven days a week.

Reading’s concessionary scheme had been removed from April 2011, but was has now been reinstated following a change in Administration.

Letters sent to residents include the new passes which will become operational on Monday September 19. As of that date old passes will no longer work.

Disabled residents and carers are asked to note that free bus travel at anytime will apply only to boarding buses within Reading Borough. Free travel upon boarding buses outside Reading Borough will remain available off peak only – that is 09.30 to 22.59 Monday - Friday and anytime on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays - and is subject to the rules of the National Concessionary Travel Scheme. In some other council areas Companion Passes – which are used by carers to accompany disabled residents - are not accepted at all.

Disabled residents and their carers who have any questions or require further information can phone Stephen Wise at Reading Borough Council on 0118 9373948 or