Relaxation of concessionary travel arrangements to end.
Stagecoach buses running across Hampshire, West Sussex, Portsmouth, West Berkshire and into the Boroughs of London are set to reinstate concessionary travel restrictions, following local authority decisions that the pre-0930 time restriction on concessionary pass use will be re-introduced from Monday 15th June 2020.
The temporary scheme to relax concessionary travel times was introduced on 20th March to provide more flexibility for vulnerable people to visit supermarkets earlier in the day during the lockdown.
However, as the lockdown is slowly eased, and more and more people are returning to work, it is important that the restriction is reinstated to provide a safe travelling environment to meet the extra morning peak demand from workers.
Edward Hodgson, Managing Director of Stagecoach South said “Following changes to Government guidance, and more people returning to work, it is expected that demand for public transport will increase.
The return to normal hours of free travel during these times will help to manage the increased demand, helping key workers and those returning to work who rely on use public transport, to do so safely whilst socially distancing.”