Concessionary Bus Pass Schemes

The national bus pass provides free 'off-peak' travel on all local commercial bus services anywhere in England. Off-peak means:
  • Weekdays - travel between 09:30 and 23:00
  • Weekends - all day travel
  • Bank holidays - all day travel
You can register for your new bus pass at: You will need to prove that you are of pensionable age (birth certificate or driving licence) and that you are resident in Redcar and Cleveland (eg utility bill or council tax bill). A digital photograph will be taken as part of the registration.

If you have any queries about the national bus pass, please contact:

Tel: 01642 444 973

Bus passes on grounds of age

The age that you qualify to apply for an older person's concessionary bus pass changed on 6 April 2010. The age that people can apply for a bus pass is changing from 60 years to 65 years. This started to apply from 6 April 2010 and will be fully achieved in 2020.

If you already have a bus pass you will not lose it. And if your 60th birthday took place before 5th April 2010 you can still apply for your bus pass in the usual way.

If you were born after 5 April 1950, the age you become eligible is tied to changes in the State Pension age for women. This affects both men and women.

You can check when you will become eligible in the State Pension Age Table.
 icon State Pension Age Table.pdf (67.12k)
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If you have reached pension age and you are travelling anywhere within the Tees Valley (Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland) you can travel free of charge after 9.30am and before 11:00 pm on weekdays and at any time on weekends using your older person's bus pass.

Since 1st April 2011 holders of the national bus pass under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) have been required to pay a fixed fare of 30 pence for any journey starting before 9.30am and after 11:00pm Monday to Friday.

This fare applies to all scheduled services operating within, from or between the areas covered by Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Councils. Travel at any other time remains free of charge.

The 30 pence concessionary fare applies only to pass holders whose English National Concessionary Travel Scheme pass was issued by Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees Borough Councils.

Travellers who hold passes issued by other authorities will need to pay full fare if they wish to travel before 9.30am or after 11.00pm Monday to Friday.

If you wish to travel further afield you will need to contact the local council in the area that you wish to travel, to find out if they state travel time restrictions. This concessionary bus pass does not cover travel on National Express or other private coach services nor does it apply to rail services.

Bus passes for reasons of disability (any age)

If you feel you are eligible for free travel on grounds of disability you can also apply for a bus pass by completing the application form below. We will require evidence to support the application and you may be subject to an assessment by an occupational therapist to be performed at the Independent Living Centre in Middlesbrough. This assessment will be used to determine entitlement to a pass.

Application Form

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Renewal of Concessionary Bus passes

You may apply to renew your concessionary bus pass by completing the relevant form at any Redcar and Cleveland library up to 4 weeks before the expiry date.

All pass holders must apply in person. Passes cannot be renewed by a third party. Library staff will check your details and can only approve renewals when you show them proof of your current address.

No proof of your current address will result in your request for renewal being turned away.

Acceptable forms of proof include:
  • Driving Licence
  • Recent Bill
  • Recent Bank Statement
  • Prescription or Prescription Stub
  • Doctors, DWP or Hospital letter
Please note that Passports are not acceptable as they do not include your address.

Staff will also ask you to confirm:
  • Your date of birth
  • That you have not moved house since your initial pass was issued
  • Your contact telephone number
Your new pass will be sent out to you in the post. It should take no longer than 2 weeks to arrive.

*Please note that replacement passes for lost/stolen/damaged cards incur a charge of £12.00*

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