Mayor Dan Jarvis announces concessionary fares for elderly passengers

//Mayor Dan Jarvis announces concessionary fares for elderly passengers

Published 19th March 2020 at 4:13pm

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis has today announced an extension of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) Senior Pass so that it can be used on all buses and trams in South Yorkshire before 9.30am any day of the week, starting from tomorrow (Friday 20 March).

The temporary measure has been announced to help people who have a current senior pass, access key services during the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance shopping at supermarkets, to align with initiatives by food retailers allowing OAP’s exclusive access to their stores early in the morning.

Public Health England guidance recommends that anyone aged 70 or over follows social distancing measures in the coming weeks. This includes avoiding non-essential use of public transport. However, for some older people public transport is their only option, connecting them to vital health and support services and shops.

Mayor Jarvis said: “In these uncertain times we must all follow the advice from the NHS and Public Health England. At the moment people over 70 have been advised to stop all unnecessary travel.

“But we do know that they may still need to visit the supermarket to get vital supplies. Along with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, I have therefore decided to extend the hours so that they are able to use their senior passes before 9.30am any day of the week. This will help people do their shopping and access the grace periods introduced by supermarkets.

“This is an extraordinarily difficult time for all our communities, businesses and public services and we are doing everything we can to support them. It is essential that people pull together and look out for each other. This means shopping sensibly and supporting others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.”

Those who are eligible are:

  • People who have a current senior pass can now use their pass before 9.30am on all buses and trams to help them access supermarket grace periods.
  • Over 70 should follow the NHS and Public Health advice and socially distance themselves as much as possible.
  • Those people most at risk of Covid-19 whether they are displaying symptoms or not should follow the advice and self-isolate.
  • For further information visit: travelsouthyorkshire.com