Local evening newspaper had a report on this yesterday. It seems Centro the organisation that is West Mids Passenger Transport Authority are concerned that thousands of us have not applied for our new passes. They listed a phone number in the article which I subsequently rang. The number charges you, does not answer and then cuts you off. I tried their web site and got the following info which I think satisfies our concerns. Web site lists the same phone number.
What is the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme?
It is a new scheme which is to be introduced by the government from 1st April 2008 giving all Senior Citizens and eligible people with a disability free travel, on bus only, between the hours of 9.30am to 11.00pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays anywhere in England. Please note that this concession does not include coach services.
If you are a resident of one of the seven districts of the West Midlands County (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton), you will also be able to travel free on Ring & Ride and rail and Metro services within the Network West Midlands area until the end of daytime service.
I’ll tell my mates but continue to monitor. Why are we so distrusting of our local services providers?