Concessionary bus passes FAQs

Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme from 1 April 2015

How is the concessionary bus fare scheme changing?

From 1 April 2015 pass holders will no longer be able to travel for free on buses in the Slough Borough Council area before 9.30am or after 11pm on weekdays. Holders of companion passes will no longer be able to take a companion with them for free when travelling on buses in the Slough Borough Council area.

When will my pass be valid for free travel after 1 April 2015?

Within the Slough Borough Council area you will still be able to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays. The table below shows the times of validity:

Day Midnight – 9.30am
9.30am – 11pm
11pm - Midnight
Monday
Pay a fare
Free travel
Pay a fare
Tuesday Pay a fare Free travel Pay a fare
Wednesday Pay a fare
Free travel
Pay a fare
Thursday Pay a fare
Free travel
Pay a fare
Friday Pay a fare
Free travel
Pay a fare
Saturday Free travel
Free travel
Free travel
Sunday Free travel
Free travel
Free travel
Bank Holiday
Free travel
Free travel
Free travel

Will I still be able to travel when my pass is not valid for free travel?

You can still travel before 9.30am and after 11pm on weekdays, but you will need to pay a fare. For information on fares you can contact the bus operator or ask the driver on the bus.

When will I be able to use my pass for travel outside of the Slough Borough Council area?

If you are boarding the bus within the Slough Borough Council area the pass is valid between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays even if you will be getting off the bus outside of the Slough Borough Council area. If you are boarding the bus elsewhere in England your pass will also be valid between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays, but may be valid at other times as well – details will be available from the local council for the area.

When will I be able to use my pass to travel on Greenline services into London?

Passes will be valid on Greenline services at the same times as for other bus routes: between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

When will people holding a pass issued by another English authority be able to use it for free travel in the Slough area?

People with an English Concessionary Bus Pass will be able to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays (the same times as local pass holders).

What will I be able to use my companion pass for after 1 April?

You will still be able to use your bus pass to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays, but it will only be valid for yourself. A companion can still travel with you, but they will need to pay a fare.

Why is the scheme being changed?

The current scheme goes beyond the statutory minimum a local authority is expected to provide and requires additional funding to reimburse bus operators for the journeys made by pass holders and their companions within the Slough area before 9.30am and after 11pm. The funding available to the Council is becoming more limited and so the Cabinet has agreed to withdraw these enhancements from the bus pass scheme.

How can I object to the changes being made to the concessionary fares scheme?

Objections can be made via a corporate complaint. In the first instance please contact Transport Service by emailing tfs@slough.gov.uk. Alternatively an online form can be completed on the council’s corporate complaints page.