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Concessionary Bus Travel Bill

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 25 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there is a specification for the concessionary travel passes which will be needed to comply with the provisions of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill. [HL3217]

The department is working closely with local authorities and bus operators to finalise the concessionary travel pass specification.

Pass and logo designs have been commissioned, and initial designs have been received. These have been discussed with the department's Operations and Technology Stakeholder Group, which includes local government and industry representatives, and have undergone provisional testing by operators to assess their suitability in the bus environment. We are looking closely at whether to put in place a requirement that the new national concessionary travel pass be in a smartcard format and ITSO compliant.

The department intends to open a public consultation on the travel pass specification in early May. The consultation paper will consider all options such as whether the pass should be specified in ITSO smartcard form.