The Welsh Government will be introducing hot-listing for Welsh concessionary passes over the next few weeks.
From 14 April 2013 all ticket machines on local bus services in Wales will indicate if a Concessionary Travel Pass is not valid for travel.
To allow drivers and customers to become familiar with the process, an amnesty will be in place. Up to, and including 13 April 2013, as a Smartcard holder you will still be allowed to travel by bus for free, even if your pass has been cancelled.
During this time customers are being advised to check with their local authority if their pass is shown up as being hotlisted and to obtain a replacement if needed.
Please see the Poster/Leaflet below for full details and information, or alternatively call in to your nearest Customer Service Point to speak to an Adviser.
Smartcard Hotlisting Scheme Leaflet
Smartcard Hotlisting Scheme Poster
Numerous services throughout the County are being updated, in some cases there will be a change of Operator / Service Number and or Timetable amendments.
ALL UPDATES WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2013:
34A Machynlleth Town Service (Lloyds Coaches)
41 Kington - Newtown ( Sargeants)
44 Builth - Llandrindod (Rob Browns)
45 Rhayader - Llandrindod ( Roy Browns)
62 Coelbren - Gurnos ( New Adventure Travel)
73 Llanfair Caereinion - Oswestry (Owens of Oswestry)
74 Llanfyllin - Shrewsbury (Tanat Valley)
76 Welshpool - Llanrhaeadr (Tanat Valley)
80 Brecon - Llandovery (New Adventure Travel)
81 Welshpool - Newtown (Tanat Valley)
84 Llanfair Caereinion - Newtown (Tanat Valley)
86 Newtown Town Service (Owens of Oswestry)
87 Welshpool - Foel (Owens of Oswestry)
T36 Machynlleth - Dolgellau (Lloyds Coaches)
T57 Elan Valley - Rhayader - Llandrindod (Simon Price)
T59 Kington - Knucklas (Knighton Taxis)
T83 Caersws - Newtown (Celtic Travel)
X47 Llandrindod - Aberystwyth (Celtic Travel)
X63 Brecon - Swansea (New Adventure Travel)
X71 Oswestry - Welshpool (Tanat Valley)
X75 Rhayader - Shrewsbury (Celtic Travel)
X85 Machynlleth - Newtown (Lloyds Coaches)
** PLEASE CHECK, WITH THE OPERATOR, FARES AND TIMES OF JOURNEYS BEFORE MAKING YOUR FINAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS **
The T4 service will now operate between Newtown and Merthyr Tydfil on Sundays - starting 7 October 2012.
Powys Concessionary pass holders will be able to travel free on the Heart of Wales line from the 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013.
Powys County Council no longer issue Senior Railcards as part of the Concessionary Travel Scheme.
Bus Fares in Powys will rise from Monday 29th April 2012.
Powys County Council have tried to keep fare increases to a minimum but have recently experienced unprecedented increases in insurance and fuel costs, which unfortunately will have to be reflected in your fares.
Powys Rover Ticket
This may be the perfect time to take full advantage of the Powys Rover Ticket that is available and costs just £7.50. You simply buy the ticket on the first bus you travel on, and use it to go as you please throughout the day.
Remember that the Powys Rover Ticket allows unlimited travel on participating services on the day of issue, which means that you can break your journey whenever and wherever you like.
Multi-Trip Tickets – 10 journeys for the price of 7*
If you are a regular bus user, did you know you can buy discounted tickets for your regular journey? Ask your driver for details of discounts that apply to your route.
* Only available on Powys Supported Services
Powys County Council have made travelling around your rural area easeir, the new Powys Demand Response Bus Service will give you improved access to some arease of the County.
The bus services are pre-bookable and operate flexibly on demand.
Anyone can use the service by following some very simple steps.
Concessionary Fare Passes are accepted on all services which allow eligible pass holders travel free of charge.
If you have any specific mobility needs please make this clear when booking your journey.
To book your joruney please call the contractor at least 2 hours before you wish to travel. You can book up to 7 days in advance. Bookings are subject to availability.
Then answer 3 simple questions:-
If you wish to connect with another bus or rail service, let the contractor know at the time of booking so that they can do their best to schedule the service to meet your connection.
Don't forget to book your return journey at the same time!
T36 Machynlleth - Llanwrin - Penegoes - Cemmaes - Mallwyd - Dinas Mawddwyn
T37 Machynlleth - Penegoes - Tal y Wern - Aberhogan - Machynlleth
T41 Knighton - norton - Titley - Presteigne
T43 Llangynidr - Llangattock - Crickhowell/bwlch
T49 Llanbedr - Llangenny - Crickhowell
T57 Rhayader/Elan Valley - Nantmel - Crossgates - Llandrindod Wells (now includes St Harmon/Panydwr)
T58 Knighton - Llangunllo - Whitton
T59 Knighton Town Service
T62 Tafarn y Garreg - Penycae - Ynyswen - Abercraf - Penrhos - Glanrhyd - Ystradgynlais
T75 Llanidloes - Dolwen - Llandinam - Caersws - Newtown
T83 Llanidloes - Trefeglwys - Caersws - Aberhafesp - Newtown
Please see www.powysbus.info for timetables.