Renew bus passes now to avoid influx in April

People are being urged to renew their bus passes now before Lincolnshire County Council has to deal with an influx of renewals.

Speaking at a Stamford Town Council, Maria Lyon from the county council’s CallConnect service urged pensioners to renew their bus pass sooner rather than later.

She said the county council will face having to deal with 80,000 renewal applications in the April – but could deal with them now.

It is the first time the county council has been responsible for issuing bus passes after a change in the law last year.

The only way to apply is by post or to visit the county council’s offices in Lincoln.

There are forms available at libraries, the district council’s offices and Stamford Town Hall.

Bus passes can be used on the CallConnect service, which has three mini-buses operating in Stamford and run the routes that passengers request.

Maria said: “There will be no reminder letters issued so it is really important that people renew as soon as possible. People can renew as of now.”

Maria said that since launching in 2001, the CallConnect service has been a huge success and there are now partnerships in place with Rutland County Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to allow journeys across the borders.

For those without a bus pass, the fare is comparable with other bus companies.

Maria said there had been 13,000 passengers use the service in Stamford this year alone, up to September. The only other more successful schemes are in Spalding and Spilsby.