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Mayor Dan Jarvis announces Senior Pass extension

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Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis has today announced an extension of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) Senior Pass so that it can be used on all buses and trams in South Yorkshire before 9.30am any day of the week. 

The temporary measure has been announced to help people who have a current senior pass access key services during the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance shopping at supermarkets, to align with initiatives by food retailers allowing OAPs exclusive access to their stores early in the morning.

Public Health England guidance recommends that anyone aged 70 or over follows social distancing measures in the coming weeks. This includes avoiding non-essential use of public transport. However, for some older people public transport is their only option, connecting them to vital health and support services and shops. 

Mayor Jarvis said: 

“In these uncertain times we must all follow the advice from the NHS and Public Health England. At the moment people over 70 have been advised to stop all unnecessary travel.

“But we do know that they may still need to visit the supermarket to get supplies. I, along with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, have decided to extend the hours so that they are able to use their senior passes before 9.30am any day of the week. This will help people do their shopping and access the grace periods introduced by supermarkets.

“This is an extraordinarily difficult time for all our communities, businesses and public services and we are doing all we can to support them. It is important people pull together and look out for each other. This means shopping sensibly and supporting others, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.”


 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q. When will this be in effect?

A. ENCTS Senior Pass holders will be able to travel, where it is essential, on buses and trams for free any day of the week before 9.30am from Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

Q. Why are you offering this?

A. Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis announced the extension ENCTS Senior Pass holders can access key services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q. Can I travel at the moment with an ENCTS Senior Pass?

A. Public Health England guidance recommends that anyone aged 70 or over follows social distancing measures in the coming weeks. This includes avoiding non-essential use of public transport. However we recognise that, for some older people, public transport is their only option, connecting them to vital health and support services and shops. 

Q. What if I have symptoms?

A. If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, you should follow NHS advice which you can find here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


If you have any questions regarding Senior Passes please check our Senior Pass page.


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