Older Person's Free Travel Pass
From Monday 1 June 2020 the usual terms and conditions for your Concessionary Travel Pass will apply. These allow your free pass to be used from 09:30 Monday to Friday and all day on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- Free travel before 09:30 using your Concessionary Travel pass will no longer be available from Monday 1 June.
- If you commute to work or college or need to make other essential journeys before 09:30, you can still do this by purchasing a supplementary travel ticket in the same way that you did before
- Transport Operators will charge their usual pre 09:30 fares from Monday 1 June
- Some operators allow you to pay a reduced fare for travel before 09.30 and this varies by operator. You must have your Concessionary Travel Pass with you when you travel in order to take advantage of these offers.
The reintroduction of the 09:30 start time for free Concessionary Travel journeys is being made nationally. This change is intended to help spread non-essential journeys across the day and free up capacity for passengers as people return to work. This means customers at all of times of day will be better able to socially distance and therefore travel safely.
Apply, Replace, Renew online
The West Midlands Older Person’s Free Travel Pass gives people free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' times (between 09:30 and 23:59 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays). Residents of the West Midlands are also entitled to:
- Free local train in standard class within the Blue Zone between 09:30 and 23:59 Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays
- Free local metro travel during the above times between 09:30 till the last service of the day Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays
- Free bus travel between 09:30 and the last service of the day Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays
- Reached state pension age
- Live in the West Midlands
If you do not live in the West Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton) contact your local authority for information on how to apply in your area.
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Are you eligible
In England you can get an Older Person's Free Travel Pass when you reach the Female State Pension age. This applies to both male and female applicants. Please check your age of entitlement before applying.
You must also live permanently at an address liable for the payment of council tax in either Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton Councils.
Prefer to apply through post?
Download Older Person’s Free Travel Pass application form and return this form with a photocopy of your proof of age and proof of address. Please refer to the application form for further information on what evidence you will need to send us and the address to send it to.
If your existing older persons travel pass is due to expire before 31 January 2021, you do not need to get in touch as we will send you a new one automatically.
If you have not received your new pass 2 weeks before your current one expires, then please give us a call.
Moved address or need to update your personal details?
Please complete our online form. We will then update your account information within 3 working days. Please note, if you have moved out of the West Midlands region, please contact us to let us know.
If you need to update the photograph on your card, please send a digital colour, passport-styled photograph by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include (in the email body) your full name, address and the long 16-digit number on the front of your Older Person’s Free Pass.
You can also send your photograph by post to Ticketing Services, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3SD. Please include a brief covering letter with your full name, address and long 16-digit number on the front of your pass.
If your Older Person's Free Travel Pass has been lost or misplaced, you can apply for a replacement online. Just click on the link below. An administration fee will be payable, so please have your debit or credit card to hand.
You can also update your photograph online, you will need a webcam or an existing digital photograph of yourself to do this.
Has your pass been stolen?
Please call our Ticketing Services team on 0345 303 6760. Please note, if you are able to provide us with a crime reference number from the Police, a replacement is free of charge.
Prefer to request your replacement through the post?
You can also apply for a replacement by post. Download the Older Person's Travel Pass replacement form and include a cheque or postal order for £7.50 made payable to West Midlands Combined Authority. Please return your completed form and payment to Ticketing Services, 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3SD.
Please note, it may take a little longer to process your replacement request if received by post, but we aim to send your replacement pass to you within five working days, from the date of receipt of your form.
Travel before 09:30 Monday-Friday for £1 single-fare on National Express West Midlands buses. You can purchase this ticket from the bus driver by presenting your pass and asking for a £1 single-journey ticket.
You can also use the Swift Pay As You Go service to pay for your journey. If your Older person’s free pass was issued to you after November 2018, this service will be on your card.
Can I apply if I live outside of the West Midlands
You can apply for a free travel pass on this website if you live in one of the following areas:
if you do not live in one of these areas please contact your local authority directly.
I keep getting an error when I try to renew online, what should I do?
Have you moved address or changed your details? If so, please use our contact form so we can update your details, then try again after three (3) working days.
All my details are up to date and I keep getting an error when I try to renew online, what should I do?
Please call Ticketing Services on 0345 303 6760. Lines are open Monday-Friday 08:00 - 18:00, except Wednesdays from 10:00 - 18:00. We are open Saturdays from 09:00 - 13:00.
I have received an email to renew a travel pass for someone who has passed away. What do I do?
Please call Ticketing Services on 0345 303 6760 and we will update our records.
Why does the online application form only say bus pass?
The English National Concessionary Pass gives older people free travel by bus anywhere in England during 'off-peak' times - between 09:30 and 23:00 Monday to Friday. All day at weekends and on public holidays.
Residents living permanently in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton are entitled to an additional benefit. This is automatically included on your pass when your concessionary bus pass is issued.
I have recently moved into the West Midlands Combined Authority area. What do I need to do to get an Older person’s free pass?
Apply for a new pass online. If you had an Older Person’s Free Travel Pass issued by a different Council/Authority, once you have received your pass from us, you will need to get in touch with them to let them know.
I have moved out of the West Midlands Combined Authority area. What do I need to do to get an Older person’s free pass?
Please complete our online contact form. We will update our records accordingly and your Older person’s pass (issued by us) will be deactivated within 4-weeks. You will need to contact your local Council to find out how to apply for a new Older Person’s Free Travel Pass.
Can I use my Older Person’s Free Travel Pass to get a discount on National Rail journeys in the UK?
The Older Person’s Free Travel Pass issued through the West Midlands Combined Authority allows the pass holder to travel on local bus, train and the tram within the West Midlands during “off-peak” hours – after 09:30 up until the last service of the day (defined as 23:59).
You cannot use your Older Person’s Free Travel Pass to travel on rail services outside of the West Midlands nor does it allow you a subsidised discount. However, you may be eligible for a 1/3 off rail fares to travel in Britain with a Senior Railcard.
Women's Concessionary Travel Scheme
Born between March 6, 1954 and November 5, 1954 and living in the West Midlands? You could be eligible for the Women's Concessionary travel pass.
Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)
You may be able to claim for financial help towards travel costs if you need NHS treatment at a hospital.
Travel by National Rail?
If you’re over 60 you can save a 1/3 off rail fares to travel across Britain.
Need to travel before 09:30?
If you need to make the occasional journey before 09:30, you can use Swift Pay As You Go credit for hassle-free travel.
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