Free bus travel for over 60's set to change

Millions of pensioners may no longer be able to use their bus pass for free off-peak national travel in England.

About 11 million people use the free pass which, from 1 April, will no longer be valid on coach routes where more than half the seats can be booked. Pass holders will also be unable to travel free on park-and-ride routes and buses "intended primarily for tourism".

Help the Aged described the move as a "backward step", but the Department for Transport defended the decision. A spokeswoman said the changes would "clarify" which services were not covered by the scheme, and would hit about 22,500 coach trips a year. The changes were being introduced following a public consultation, she added.

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