The All Wales Concessionary Fare Scheme, funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and Local Authorities, entitles people over 60 and people with certain disabilities who are resident in Wales to travel free on local bus services throughout Wales.
The Welsh Assembly Government and your Local Authority are replacing all existing Concessionary Travel Passes with a new pass. Introduction of the new pass does not affect your entitlement to travel.
Your new Concessionary Travel Pass is a Smartcard. It contains a small electronic chip which will be used to check your concessionary entitlement . It also helps to ensure that the bus operator is paid for your travel.
You should keep your pass in a safe place where it cannot be bent, twisted or damaged
In the event that your pass does not work, please contact Powys County Council Customer Services )0845 602 7035) for assistance. Dependant on the circumstances, you may be required to pay the full fare for your journey, which will not be refunded.
(1) Board the bus.
(2) Hold your concessionary pass in close proximity to the ticket machine with the photograph face up. This will electronically register the pass and confirm it is valid.
(3) The ticket machine will acknowledge that the pass has been read and will respond with a bleep, a green light and may issue a ticket.
(4) Take your seat.
If you change your address or any other details you must inform Powys County Council Customer Services on 0845 602 7035 as soon as possible.
If you currently are eligible to be accompanied by a Companion your new pass will allow this arrangement to continue.
If you need assistance in order to make use of public transport, an additional travel concession may be issued for a necessary travelling companion. In these instances personal eligibility must be confirmed by the local Social Services, or a health professional, on your registration form.
Qualification by Age (Subject To National Regulations)
All Powys residents who have attained their 60th Birthday will be eligible.
Qualification by Disability
The Options are:-
People who are registered as either :
You also qualify if you are in receipt of:-
To obtain a form:
To submit the application:
You will need to apply in person by taking the completed form, along with supporting documentation, to the Customer Service Point in one of the following towns:
Brecon - Neuadd Brycheiniog, Cambrian Way, Brecon, LD3 7HR
Llandrindod Wells - The Gwalia, Ithon Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6AA.
Llanidloes - Mount Street, Llanidloes, SY18 6EY
Machynlleth - Canolfan Hyddgen, Bank Street, Machynlleth, SY20 8DP.
Newtown - Back Lane, Newtown, SY16 2NH (next to the bus station)
Rhayader - Leisure Centre, North Street, Rhayader, LD6 5BU.
Welshpool - Neuadd Maldwyn, Severn Road, Welshpool, SY21 7AS.
Ystradgynlais – Library+, Temperance Street, Ystradgynlais, SA9 1JJ
A photograph will be taken at the Customer Service Point, and your new card will be posted out to you, generally within 7-10 days. Please note that we cannot accept postal applications.
The full list of supporting documentation required is shown on the application form.
If you have a disability, you can apply for either:
the Free Fare Bus Pass
a free Disabled Persons Railcard, which entitles you to a third off your fare nationwide
To apply for a free Disabled Persons Railcard:
To submit the application:
Please complete the form and return it, along with supporting documentation, to:
Passenger Transport Unit
Please do not send any money. The disabled railcard is FREE under the concessionary travel pass scheme.
Applicants claiming on the grounds of disability are only entitled to one of the above options.
Powys County Council is required to take part in the National Fraud Initiative for 2012/13.
Concessionary travel data held by the Council will be provided to the Wales Audit Office and NFI. This data will be used for cross system and cross authority comparison purposes for the prevention and detection of fraud in a data matching exercise.
If you have any queries regarding Concessionary travel data being shared please contact Passenger Transport Manager, Passenger Transport Unit, Local and Environmental Services, Powys County Council, Spa Road East, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5LG