The hours of use for concessionary bus passes in Southend-on-Sea will return to normal

The hours of use for concessionary bus passes in Southend-on-Sea will return to normal

The hours of use for concessionary bus passes in Southend-on-Sea will return to normal on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council extended the hours of operation for local bus passes from off-peak times to 24 hours. This was to help people make use of early hours opening for high risk groups.

With businesses and shops reopen, and schools preparing for a September return, social distancing requirements on bus services mean that during the peak morning travel period there will be additional pressure on bus capacity for school children and workers.

As a result, the Council has agreed with bus operators that the times of operation for Southend-on-Sea concessionary bus passes will return to normal hours – this is 09.00 to midnight on weekdays and all times on weekends and public holidays from Tuesday, 1 September 2020.

If you are a pass holder and want to travel outside of these hours, you will need to pay the full fare for your journey from this date.

All bus passengers are asked to note the availability of bus services is likely to continue to change over the coming weeks.

Bus passengers are strongly advised to check the bus operator’s website, social media and phone apps to see what bus services will be running before starting their journey.

Juliana Hodel
JRamosdaCostaHodel@Savs-southend.co.uk