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Restrictions coming back for bus pass use in Bucks

They were lifted during lockdown, to make travel easier.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:30am 11th June 2020. 2-minute read.

Restrictions coming back for bus pass use in Bucks

Bus pass restrictions are coming back in in Buckinghamshire.

Normally the county's 72,000 concessionary pass holders can travel in Buckinghamshire on weekdays from 9am to 11.59pm, and all day at weekends.

These travel time limits were lifted by Buckinghamshire Council on 23 March to allow older and more vulnerable passengers to take advantage of early opening times at shops and other essential services before 9am.

Now, with easing of lockdown rules, increases in peak time passenger numbers are expected to continue, especially when shops reopen and as more people start travelling back to work.

David Martin, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Logistics, said:

"I really do hope the relaxation of travel limits helped our older and more vulnerable residents with their essential shopping, but now we need to do our best to manage passenger numbers at peak times and help the bus companies maintain social distancing on their buses."

Around 12% of concessionary bus trips on Mondays to Fridays during April and early May were made in the extended time period before 9am, an average of 632 trips per week.

Details of when concessionary passes can be used can be found on the Bucks Council website.

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