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.

In Bracknell Forest you can use your pass at any time, on any day.

Some other local authorities may also 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, you should contact the local council for that area.

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.

You cannot use your pass on express coaches, trains, trams, taxis or ferries.

If you have any queries please see our PDF file downloadfrequently asked questions (PDF, 15kb).

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 coming 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 5 years. The expiry date is printed on your pass next to your photo. You can contact the council to renew your pass up to 1 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.

Information about renewing your bus pass.

Railcard subsidy

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.

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