Bus pass re-issue scheme

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AS THOUSANDS of concessionary bus passes approach their expiration date, Northamptonshire County Council is asking passengers to plan ahead to avoid any delay on re-issues.

Following the introduction of the over 60s national concessionary bus pass scheme back in 2008, around 50,000 passes will be due to expire on the same date – March 31, 2012.

To help manage the renewal process the county council is asking those whose bus pass will expire at the end of March next year to plan ahead as part of a phased programme.

People should visit a library to renew their pass during the month allocated to their surname: November A-E; December F-J; January K-O; February P-T, March U-Z.

Cllr Heather Smith said: “It would be impossible for library staff to process that many applications at the same time.

“By taking this phased approach, we can help avoid any delays or disappointment for customers and make sure the renewal process runs as smoothly as possible.”