Leicestershire County Council has announced that it is extending the times that people eligible for concessionary travel can use their bus passes during the coronavirus outbreak.
The council is responding to supermarkets across the county opening earlier for older people and disabled people, to give the most vulnerable access to food and essential provisions.
The authority will relax the time restrictions put in place for people with bus passes, so they can travel for free before 9.30am from tomorrow (Tuesday, 24 March). Passes will continue to be able to be used as normal after 9.30am.
Our focus is keeping critical services running, particularly those supporting vulnerable people.
“The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning has been lifted to allow bus pass holders to take advantage of the shops allocating specific times early in the day for older and vulnerable people.
“We want to make sure that our most vulnerable members of society are still able to get essential items. However, we would ask residents to follow Government guidance and only travel where necessary.Person:Nick Rushton, county council leader
Previously, older and disabled people could travel on any local bus for free after 9.30am, Mondays to Fridays and all day at weekends.