Last updated on 13 Oct 2014
As an older person there are many ways in which you can take advantage of concessionary travel in Tyne and Wear and across the country.
Am I eligible for a Concessionary Travel Pass?
From 2010, the age of eligibility for concessionary travel in England has been tied to the pensionable age for women. As the pensionable age for women gradually increases from 60 to 65 over the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020, so too will the age of eligibility for concessionary travel increase for both men and women. For further information, visit the GOV.UK.
The changes to the age of eligibility will not impact on anyone already in possession of a concessionary travel pass (or 'bus pass'). The eligibility of disabled people is unaffected by this change.
Where can I use my bus pass?
Concessionary travel passholders can enjoy all of the benefits of the current concessionary travel scheme within Tyne and Wear, but with the added freedom to travel anywhere in the country using local buses. For further information, including how to apply contact Nexus or visit www.nexus.org.uk.
Updating your Concessionary Travel Pass
If your Concessionary Travel Pass is about to expire you can renew it on the month that it's due to expire or the month before that. You don't need to send off your old pass. You need to complete a form and send a stamped addressed envelope. You can collect a form at your local travel shop.
Lost your Concessionary Travel Pass?
If you think that you have lost your concessionary travel pass whilst using public transport, contact the appropriate operator (either Arriva, Go North East or Stagecoach). Your pass may have been handed in to the driver. If you are unsure which operator’s service you can check on Traveline or contact Nexus.
If your pass has not been found you will need to apply for a new Concessionary Travel Pass. This costs £5. You can complete a new form and pay at your local Travel Shop.
Metro Gold Card - Tyne and Wear Metro
If you have a concessionary travel pass, you can apply for a Metro Gold Card which gives you a year’s travel on Metro for just £12 (£25 outside of Tyne and Wear). It will be loaded onto your Concessionary Travel Pass. For further information, including how to apply, visit www.nexus.org.uk.
Lost your Metro Gold Card?
If you have lost your Metro Gold Card with your Concessionary Travel Pass on it you will need to report it to Nexus as soon as possible, as mentioned above. You will then need to purchase a new Metro Gold Card from your local travel shop.
Concessionary Ferry Fare
The Senior Railcard is available to anyone aged 60 years old or over and costs £30 for one year. It will save you 1/3 of the cost of most rail fares to almost anywhere in Great Britain, including certain fares on various rail/sea journeys.
To apply, you can get an application form from railway station ticket offices or a National Rail-licensed Travel Agent. The completed form needs to be handed in together with proof of your age, such as your Birth Certificate, Passport or Driving Licence.
You can also purchase or renew your Senior Railcard online or over the phone. You will need proof of your age/identity, so have your Birth Certificate, Passport or Driving Licence to hand when you call. You can't apply for a Senior Railcard by post.
As well as making savings on rail fares, the Senior Railcard also entitles you to other special offers, such as on London theatre tickets.
Disabled Person's Railcard
The Disabled Person's Railcard is available to disabled people and provides 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain for you and a companion. It costs £20 for one year or £54 for three years<span id="cke_bm_155E" none;"="">. You can apply on their website or download an application form to return in the post.
Other Useful Information
- Day Trips and Visits article on Information Now gives some ideas and inspiration for places that you can visit using your concessionary travel pass.
- The Concessionary Travel Club helps older and disabled people save money, have fun and keep active. Their website helps older people to get the most from concessionary travel using an online journey planner and offering ideas for trips and activities. There is also an online community of users who share their own ideas and trips they’ve made.
- Elders Council of Newcastle (Older People's Forum) produce an annual Summer Outings leaflet with ideas and tips on days out using your concessionary travel pass.