Travel concessions scheme
The concessionary bus fares scheme allows pass holders to travel anywhere in England on local buses for free during off-peak times (9.30am to 11pm) and at any time on weekends and bank holidays. This applies to older persons and eligible disabled people, who are resident in England. Further information about your bus pass is given below. If you do not already have a bus pass, please visit our page about applying for a travel concession.
Important changes to qualifying age
From 6 April 2010 the qualifying age for both men and women has been linked to the state pensionable age for women. The qualifying age will gradually increase from 60 to 65 over the next ten years.
If you're a man born after 5 April 1950, you'll become eligible when you reach the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day.
You can check when you will become eligible for a bus pass at the GOV.UK website.
Renewing your bus pass
Your e+ bus pass lasts for up to five years. The expiry date is printed on your pass next to your photo. You can contact the council to renew your pass up to one month prior to the expiry date. It may be possible to renew by telephone instead of visiting one of the places where passes are issued. This will only apply if your name and address are the same and your photograph remains a true likeness.
Using your Bracknell Forest bus pass
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
You can board any local bus anywhere in England and travel without charge.
Weekdays - Mondays to Fridays (days which are not public holidays)
You can board a local bus in Bracknell Forest Borough, or The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and travel without charge at any time.
You can board a local bus in Wokingham Borough or West Berkshire District, and travel without charge from 9am.
For Slough Borough, Reading Borough and the rest of England, you can travel without charge when you board a local bus between the hours of 9.30 am and 11pm.
Some other local authorities across the country may offer extensions to the hours you can use your pass. If you plan to visit an area outside Berkshire, and you would like to know whether there are any special local arrangements that may apply to you, the local council of the area you are interested in will be able to tell you and clarify whether the bus you plan to use is part of the scheme.
Green Line Services
You can now use your Bracknell Forest bus pass to board a Green Line service in Bracknell Forest at any time, for any destination.
Express coaches usually operate longer distance services with few stops, often using motorways. They are not classed as local buses, and you cannot use your free travel bus pass on them, although some bus companies offer reduced fares.
Trains, trams, taxis and ferries
You cannot use your concessionary bus pass on trains (including London underground), trams or ferries, nor for travel on taxis or private hire vehicles.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Your Bracknell Forest bus pass can only be used in England. You cannot use your bus pass for travel in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Showing your pass
You must show your pass every time you get on a bus. In some places the driver may ask you to touch your pass on an automatic reader. Please try to make sure that the Bracknell Forest badge in the top right hand corner of the pass can be easily seen by the bus driver.
If you have any queries, please contact us or view our frequently asked questions (PDF, 15kb).
If you are aged 60 or over you can apply for a senior railcard at your local rail station. The senior railcard entitles you to a third off most standard and first class rail fares throughout Great Britain.
If you are aged over 65, or currently have a disabled persons railcard, Bracknell Forest Council can subsidise your railcard as an alternative to a bus pass.
Please note that if you choose to obtain a railcard from the council you cannot claim a bus pass for at least a further year. For more information on how to apply for a railcard, please visit our Travel concessions - how to apply page.