Concessionary travel - bus passes
Herefordshire residents who have reached the qualifying age and many disabled people (for details see below) are entitled to an English National Concessionary Bus Travel Pass. This pass allows:
- Free local bus* travel in Herefordshire between 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and at all times on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
- Free local bus* travel anywhere else in England between 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and at all times on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays
- Free local bus* travel between 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and at all times on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays, between Herefordshire and places in Wales, provided that each bus journey starts or finishes in Herefordshire, or is between Presteigne and Knighton in Powys
The bus pass is free but if you lose your pass you will need to pay £10 for a replacement.
* "Local buses" are those which run to a published timetable, observe all bus stops on their line of route and on which passengers pay fares to the driver. Coach tours, excursions, school contract buses and National Express-type long distance services are not "local buses" and are excluded. National Express Coaches, however, offers a £10 annual Senior Coachcard to people over 60 giving a third off coach travel including journeys to airports.
Please also note that this is an English national scheme and does not cover journeys that are wholly in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
You can request a copy of the explanatory leaflet "Concessionary Bus Travel in Herefordshire and the Rest of England" from firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your full name and postal address when you order a copy by email. You can also download the leaflet from the right of this page.
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Older person's bus pass
The qualifying age for the scheme is being raised gradually from 60 to 65 in line with changes to the state pension age. The following table shows when you become eligible for a bus pass and when you may apply.
|Date you were born (inclusive)||Date you will be eligible for a bus pass||Earliest* date you may apply|
|Before 6 December 1952
|6 December 1952 to 5 January 1953
||6 September 2015
|6 January 1953 to 5 February 1953
||6 November 2015
||6 October 2015
|6 February 1953 to 5 March 1953
||6 January 2015
||6 December 2015
|6 March 1953 to 5 April 1953
||6 March 2016
||6 February 2016
|6 April 1953 to 5 May 1953
||6 May 2016
||6 April 2016
|6 May 1953 to 5 June 1953
||6 July 2016
||6 June 2016
* You may, of course, apply at any time after these dates.
The qualifying age will continue to increase by two months per month until 2020, when it will be the 65th birthday. It will then continue to increase in line with changes to the state pension age.
How to apply for an older person's bus pass
You can only apply for an older person's bus pass in person at one of our customer service centres. You cannot apply for an older person's bus pass by post. Application forms are available at any of our customer service centres.
What to bring when applying for an older person's bus pass
You will need to bring a passport-sized colour photograph and one document from each category below.
Proof of address
Please bring one of these documents:
- Council tax bill or statement
- Utility bill
- Bank or credit card statement
- Electoral registration
Proof of age
Please bring one of these documents:
- Birth certificate
- Driving licence
- Pension letter/card
- NHS medical card
When your application has been verified a bus pass will be ordered and will be posted to you. Passes normally take up to two working weeks to be delivered. In order to allow time for this process you may apply up to one month before the date you become eligible.
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Disabled person's bus pass
Who is eligible for a disabled person's bus pass
These applications can be made at any time by or on behalf of:
- People who are registered as blind or partially sighted, or whose eyesight means that they are eligible to be registered.
- People who receive the disability living allowance with the higher-rate mobility component (help in getting around)
If you apply under one of the following criteria your application will be referred for an independent medical assessment:
- You are profoundly or severely deaf
- You are without speech
- You have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
- You have a learning disability - a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence or social functioning
- You would be refused a driving licence on medical grounds (physical fitness) other than because of misuse of alcohol or drugs
How to apply for a disabled person's bus pass
You can apply either at one of the council's customer service centres or by post to:
What to provide for a disabled person's bus pass
Please bring a passport-sized colour photograph and documentary evidence* of your disability:
* "Documentary evidence" means a Certificate of Registration as a blind or partially-sighted person or a letter from your doctor or optician confirming that your eyesight is such that you could be registered, or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing how your disability living allowance is calculated.
You can request a disabled person's bus pass application form from email@example.com
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If you qualify for a concessionary bus travel pass (due to your age or disability) but cannot use buses without help from another person you may be eligible for a pass that allows someone to travel with you.
Companion passes are automatically available to anyone who is in receipt of either the higher-rate attendance allowance or disability living allowance with the mobility component and the care component both paid at the higher rate. If you do not qualify automatically you may still be eligible, but we will need to refer your application for an independent medical assessment.
The companion does not have to be the same person every time.
In all cases you should tick the "companion pass required" box on the application form and produce a copy of a letter confirming receipt of the relevant allowance unless we will need to approach your doctor.
Please note that the companion entitlement is provided by Herefordshire Council and is not part of the national scheme. Unfortunately, your companion will only be able to travel free of charge on journeys that start or finish in Herefordshire. Your pass, however, will allow you to have free, off-peak, local bus travel throughout England.
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Renewing passes issued by Herefordshire Council
To renew your pass you should submit your application form four to six weeks in advance of the expiry date shown on the pass. You must complete an application form (available from any of the council's customer service centres) and tick the renewal box. You can provide a new passport-sized colour photograph but it may not be needed (we will contact you if you do need to provide one).
If you are a disabled person renewing your pass, your application will be sent for an independent medical assessment unless you can provide evidence that you:
- Are registered as blind or partially sighted, or your eyesight means that you are eligible to be registered
- Receive the disability living allowance with the higher-rate mobility component (help in getting around)
Once completed please either hand the form in at any customer service centre or post to:
Passes issued by other English councils
Concessionary bus passes issued by other local councils in England can be used for journeys starting in Herefordshire between 9.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and at all times on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.
All English passes that include companion travel are accepted for journeys by the holder and a companion in Herefordshire at these times.
Passes (including companion passes) issued by Malvern Hills District Council and Shropshire Council can be used for cross-boundary journeys between those areas and Herefordshire at all times. Only passes issued by Herefordshire Council and Welsh local councils are valid for journeys across the Welsh border.
Legal basis of scheme
The document that forms the legal basis of the council's concessionary travel scheme was published in March 2011 and the required notice is therefore given under section 150 (1) of the Transport Act 2000. You can inspect the document at the council's office at Plough Lane, Hereford and you can also download the document from the right of the page.
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Lost or stolen bus passes
If your bus pass is lost or stolen, we charge £10 for a replacement pass. However, if you have reported the theft to the police and have a police incident number, we will replace the bus pass free of charge.
You can apply for a replacement pass:
- At any of our customer service centres
- By writing to: Concessionary Travel, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE
Cheques should be made payable to "Herefordshire Council".
Please note that once a replacement pass has been ordered, we will cancel the original pass and therefore cannot refund the fee even if you subsequently find the original pass.
Old Herefordshire concessionary bus travel scheme
Bus passes issued under the old Herefordshire concessionary bus travel scheme are no longer valid, despite any later date which may be shown on the pass. If you hold a Herefordshire bus pass and have not yet applied for an English national pass you should do so as soon as possible. If you are unsure which pass you hold, the English national pass has a red rose logo and is the size of a credit card.
View a bus pass example
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