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Have you switched to the new bus pass yet?

Bus pass holders in Swansea are being reminded to update their pass to the new style pass so they can continue using bus services for free.

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Transport for Wales (TfW) launched the new style pass in September 2019 and is working with local councils in Wales to ensure bus users make the switch by applying online where possible . TfW has now extended the deadline to 29 February, giving bus users two months to change to the newer style pass.

Swansea Council has confirmed that 69% of current concessionary bus pass holders in Swansea have made the switch to the new passes.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "Many of our concessionary bus pass holders in Swansea have now obtained new passes. Bus drivers will not be accepting the old style pass after February 29.

"I would urge those people who have not yet applied for a new pass to apply as soon as possible so that they can continue to have the benefit of free bus travel from March onwards."

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a pass is online through the Transport for Wales website at https://tfw.gov.wales/travelcards.  Alternatively, paper application forms are available by contacting Transport for Wales on 0300 303 4240.

Cllr Thomas added: "Most bus pass holders should have no issues with the online application process but we understand some may not have the means to apply online or may just need a little support."

From Monday 6 January applicants will be able to get support at the Contact Centre between 9am - 12 noon every Monday.  No appointments are necessary.

WATCH: Ken Skates AM, Welsh Government Minister for Transport and Economy, talks about the grace period for current bus passes.

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