Disabled bus pass holders in Portsmouth will get free journeys all day from 28 April, as part of a 6 month trial.
Portsmouth City Council's concessionary travel scheme currently only gives people with disabled concessionary passes free travel from 9.30am onwards but the new change will allow them to travel on buses at any time of day.
This change follows an independent review into community transport provision, undertaken by Age UK Portsmouth and Portsmouth Disability Forum (PDF). The report was taken to Traffic and Transportation in March 2019, and as part of this we have launched a 6 month trial into the extension of the use of the concessionary bus pass for disabled people, removing the restriction on pre 9:30pm travel.
This will enable disabled people to utilise their bus pass all day to promote independence, improving access to work and education, improving further prospects of finding employment later in life. This will also aid people that use day services to access purposeful activity in their day to day life.
The change to the scheme applies to disabled concessionary pass holders, all other concessionary travel passes remain the same.