Changes to bus pass scheme

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THE administration of the bus pass system for people eligible for concessionary fares is to change at the beginning of April.

In the Whitby area the system is currently operated by the borough council.

But from 1 April, North Yorkshire County Council will take over responsibility for the scheme.

People with existing valid bus passes – which provide free travel for older people at most times of the day – will not be affected by the change over unless they need to renew their passes.

Residents applying for the first time for a pass will now be able to do so at a wider choice of venues, including in many cases their local libraries.

As well as assuming responsibility for operating the scheme, the county council has decided to standardise the system across North Yorkshire.

From 1 April the passes will be valid for bus journeys between the hours of 9am and 6am on weekdays, and at any time at weekends and bank holidays.

People can apply for passes at the borough council’s offices in Skinner Street or at the Customer First Centre in St Nicholas Street, Scarborough.