County Voice

County Voice 2019: Issue 5

Time running out for concessionary bus pass applications

Don’t forget that applications for concessionary bus passes need to be submitted by December 31st.

Transport for Wales are working with local councils and Welsh Government to roll out new-style Concessionary Travel Cards by the end of December 2019.

These cards will replace the current green 'bus passes' across Wales. The old-style cards will not be recognised by electronic readers on buses after 31 December 2019.

The new-style cards offer the same free travel rights and benefits as the current bus passes. The new cards are designed so that they can work as part of an integrated travel network in the future.    

Advice and support with the application process is also available from your local council, Age Cymru and other community organisations. Find out where you can find help in your local area by contacting the help desk at or call 0300 303 4240.

Residents are encouraged to apply online or ask a friend, family member or someone they trust to apply online on their behalf. 

Paper application forms are available here or by emailing your contact details to They’re also available from the council.

If you’ve applied for a new card, your application will be process and a new card will arrive before 31 December 2019.

If you’d like to track your application, please select “My existing card or application”. You’ll be asked to enter your National Insurance number, date of birth and postcode.  Please be aware, it may take up to a week from when you applied before you’re able to check the status of your application.

If you know of people who’ve applied after you but have already received their new-style card, please don’t worry. There are instances where this will happen due to the way we check and verify applications.

In the meantime, your existing green bus pass is valid for travel until 31 December 2019

Further information is available here.


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