Call to back campaign for disabled bus passengers

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People in Northamptonshire are being asked to get on board and support a campaign to make bus travel more accessible for the disabled.

The Epilepsy Society, backed by disability organisations, is campaigning for the government to make changes to the disabled person’s bus pass to include travel during peak hours and a free companion pass where needed.

The pass is a vital concession for people with epilepsy who have been refused a driving licence because of their condition.

People in Scotland and Wales entitled to a pass are already able to travel at any time, with free travel for a companion if needed.

Some local authorities in England have implemented their own bus travel concessions and extended the hours of free travel to include peak times, but the majority, including Northamptonshire County Council, have not.

Amanda Cleaver, the Epilepsy Society’s communications and campaigns manager, said: “We think the regional variations are confusing and impact on those who need their pass for travelling to work. Epilepsy Society is campaigning for the same unrestricted operating hours throughout the UK. The proposed change would benefit anyone entitled to the pass and we hope we can count on wide ranging support.”

For more information about Epilepsy Society’s bus campaign and to sign an e-petition go to www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/bus