About Bus Passes for Older and Disabled People
Information about concessionary fares for eligible residents in West Berkshire
For an Older Person's Bus Pass:
- apply online for an older person's bus pass
- or use use the downloadable National Bus Pass application form [267kb]
For Disabled Person's Concessionary Travel
Please return hard copies to the Concessionary Fares Team along with the supporting information indicated on the forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Full details of who's eligible for each type of pass is given on the application forms. All applicants must live permanently in the West Berkshire area. Please note that:
- people of eligible age qualify for a free National Off-Peak Bus Pass - to find out if you can claim, use the State Pension Age calculator
- any person with a disability who is at least five years old will be eligible for the Free National Off-Peak Bus Pass
Disabled Applicants should be of at least five years of age, and in one of the following categories:
- is blind or partially sighted
- is profoundly or severely deaf
- is without speech, in any language (score of at least eight PIP points against 'communicating verbally')
- has a disability, or has suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to walk. (score of at least eight PIP points against 'moving around')
- does not have arms or has long-term loss of the use of both arms
- has a learning disability which started before adulthood and qualifies the person for specialist services and special educational provision
- would be refused a licence to drive a motor vehicle, on grounds other than persistent misuse of drugs and alcohol
What is a Free National Off-Peak Bus Pass?
The Free National Off-Peak Bus Pass will allow you to travel, without charge, on any registered local bus service in England at off-peak times (between 9:30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, all day on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays).
Your pass is not valid on:
- football services
- long distance coach services
- underground services
- community car services
- journeys in Scotland, Wales or Ireland
The current passes issued by West Berkshire Council are dated to expire on 31 October 2017. We will be contacting pass holders in late summer/early autumn 2017 about issuing new passes.
How do I use the bus pass?
When boarding the bus please show the driver your bus pass and state where you want to go. You may be required to place your pass on the scanner of the electronic ticket machine.
Can I get a replacement pass?
Please contact the Concessionary Fares Team if your card is lost, stolen or damaged to ask about getting a replacement pass. There is an electronic chip in the card, so please take care - it may not work if it is bent, comes into contact with water or direct sunlight, or is sat on.
Please note that in most circumstances there will be a £15 fee for a replacement pass - however, we may be able to waive this in certain circumstances upon inspection of the pass or if you can provide a letter from the Police Crime Incident Management unit with a valid crime reference number confirming that the pass was stolen (and not lost or misplaced).
Please note that we no longer accept cash payments. Payments can be made by cheque, postal order or debit/credit card.
Can I get/use travel tokens instead?
The West Berkshire Travel Token Scheme has ended and the tokens are no longer valid for travel. If you received travel tokens in the past and have not already done so, you may wish to apply for the Free National Off-Peak Bus Pass, as detailed above.
Can I use my pass for rail travel?
No these passes are for bus use only. If you wish to travel by train, discounted travel is offered by National Rail through various Rail Card schemes, including a scheme for seniors (over 60s) and those with disabilities. Please visit the National Rail Card Schemes website for more details.
Where can I find further details?
The way that the Concessionary Fares scheme works is described in full in West Berkshire's Concessionary Fares Operator Scheme [3Mb].
You can also download a poster highlighting the main changes to the scheme from 1 May 2016 [209kb].