Bus pass holders in the Torbay area can now use their bus pass for free travel on local services at any time of day. Bus passes are normally not valid until 9:30am on weekdays but, in association with the bus operators, we are temporarily lifting all time restrictions.

This means older and disabled bus pass holders can access essential services and also take advantage of early opening arrangements shops may be offering during the coronavirus situation.

There is greater capacity on the network at these times, allowing pass holders to exercise social distancing measures on buses with fewer passengers.

Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Councillor Mike Morey, said: “We are committed to helping people to protect themselves and this is one way that we can make it a little easier for elderly or disabled residents during this challenging time. This measure will enable bus pass holders to access essential services and facilities at times when it may be easier to carry out social distancing and reduce the risk of infection.

“I’d like to thank bus operators for working with us and enabling this to happen for the benefit of our residents.”

Any passengers experiencing issues or problems using their bus pass should call 01803 207766 or email buspass@torbay.gov.uk

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