Concessionary bus passes

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. For more information please see:
Changes to the concessionary bus fares scheme frequently asked questions

Bus passes for the elderly and disabled

England's national concessionary travel passes

The concessionary bus pass entitles holders to travel free of charge on off-peak local bus services anywhere in England. Off-peak hours are 9.30am until 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

If you wish to use your bus pass outside the off-peak hours for journeys starting in any Council area outside Slough, then you are advised to check whether it will be valid with the Council concerned.

Your pass will be valid until the expiry date showing on the front of your bus pass or until the announcement of any alterations to scheme conditions.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a bus pass, you must be either:

  • in England, both men and women can get a bus pass for free travel when you reach the State Pension age
  • have one of the disabilities detailed below.

To be eligible, your disability must be permanent, have lasted at least 12 months, or be likely to last at least 12 months. The disability must have a substantial effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. The
eligibility criteria below are set by the government, under the Transport Act 2000:

If you are disabled, you will automatically qualify if you:

  • are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or,
  • are in receipt of war pensioner's mobility supplement or,
  • have the disability registration card (which you must present to us)
  • are blind or partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • are without speech
  • have a disability or have suffered an injury which has substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to walk
  • do not have arms or have long-term loss of the use of both arms
  • have a learning disability
  • have been refused a driving licence because of physical incapacity (does not include refusal on grounds of drug or alcohol misuse)
  • suffer from a severe mental illness
  • have 8 points or more in the moving around component for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

We will need proof of identity and a current Department of Works and pensions (DWP) award letter.

Age of eligibility

Find out at what year you will be eligible for a bus pass at the GOV.UK where you will need to enter in your data of birth.

How do I get my bus pass?

Call us on 01753 475111 or visit MyCouncil at Landmark Place, High Street, Slough for an application form.

You will then need to come to MyCouncil to process your application. Bus pass applications are taken between 10am and 12pm Monday to Friday. You do not need to bring a photo as we will take a photograph of you.

When applying for the first time or renewal, you must bring the following items with you:

  • the application form, completed and signed
  • your passport or birth certificate (medical card or photocard driving licence)
  • proof of address within the borough of Slough e.g. bank statement, or utilities bill (gas or electricity) dated within the last six months.

Remember – if you are of a pensionable age, you must bring proof of age as well as proof of address. We will need proof of identity and a current Department of Works and pensions (DWP) award letter.

How long will I have to wait to get my bus pass?

Once we have processed your application your bus pass will be sent to your home within 7 working days.

If it's been stolen you must report it to the police. They will give you a reference number which you need to give us. If your pass has been lost we will only need you to report this to us and provide proof of your identity and address when you visit to get your new bus pass ordered. Please come between 10am and 12noon, Monday to Friday.

What should I do if I move away from Slough?

Please return your pass to the address below. You will need to apply for a new pass from your new local authority.

Bus Pass Team
My Council
Landmark Place
Slough
SL1 1JL