Isle of Wight Council is reminding residents of forthcoming changes to concessionary travel on public transport.
Locally, two changes come in from April which affect the times of free concessionary travel on the Island and also the cost of the Student Rider ticket respectively.
From 1 April, those eligible through age for concessionary fares will be able to travel on public transport for free for journeys commencing between 0930 – 2300 Monday to Friday and anytime on weekends and bank holidays. As prescribed by national guidelines free travel will not be available before 0930 or after 2300 Monday – Friday.
Anyone qualifying for a concession because of a disability will be unaffected by this change. Also from 1 April 2010, the cost of a Student Rider ticket will increase from £1 for any journey to £1.20.
Nationally, changes on who qualifies for concessionary fares come into force from 6 April. The changes affect anyone who was born after 5 April 1950 and an easy way to see if the changes affect you can be done by using a ‘pension age’ calculator provided by the government.