National bus pass time restrictions reintroduced

National bus pass time restrictions will apply again in Plymouth from Tuesday 1 September.

The restrictions were temporarily lifted at the start of the coronavirus outbreak but as children go back to school, more workers return and the need to maintain social distancing on buses continues, capacity is needed again on early morning services.

From Tuesday 1 September the standard times for free travel will apply, which are 9.30am to 11pm on weekdays and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

This means the last day you will be able to use your national bus pass before 9.30am on a weekday will be Friday 28 August, unless you hold an over-80s or blind person’s bus pass. (These passes will continue to be valid on weekdays before 9.30am.)

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “We’d like to thank local bus operators and their staff for working so hard to keep services running over recent months and passengers for following the guidelines in place to keep themselves and others safe on their journeys.”

Buses are still operating at reduced capacity so it is advisable to travel later than 9.30am where possible on weekdays to avoid being left behind because the bus is full.

Passengers are also reminded that they must wear a face covering when travelling.

For more information see our national bus pass web page email publictransport@plymouth.gov.uk.