Portsmouth City Council has launched a new campaign asking Portsmouth concessionary bus pass holders to check that their bus passes are up to date before many are auto renewed on 31 March 2024.

Early next year thousands of bus passes in the city will renew and new bus passes will automatically be sent out to bus pass holders across Portsmouth. The council’s campaign asks that all recipients of a concessionary bus pass check that their photograph, address and circumstances are all up to date, and if changes need to be made to contact the council or complete an online form.

Concessionary bus passes allow free bus travel for people who have reached state pension age, have certain disabilities and those who are registered companions. These passes can be used on local buses anywhere in England in accordance with each local authority’s scheme. In Portsmouth this means travel during off-peak times between 9am – 2am Monday to Friday, and all-day on weekends and public holidays.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said:

“Taking the bus is a great way to stay connected with friends and family and can help people to stay active. We know that concessionary journeys are down by more than a third since before the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to see more bus pass holders embracing the benefits of free bus travel, and getting out and enjoying the wonderful city that we live in.”

“Many bus passes are auto-renewing in March 2024, make a start on getting back to using the bus by checking that your bus pass is valid and then take your pass out for a spin and enjoy riding the bus!”

To find more information about concessionary bus passes, head to the council website www.portsmouth.gov.uk and search ‘bus pass’.