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NoWcard holders can travel at morning peak for free in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on - 24th March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Transport
A Preston Bus service waits at the Bus Station Pic: Tony Worrall
A Preston Bus service waits at the Bus Station Pic: Tony Worrall

NoWcard holders in Preston are now allowed to use their passes at morning peak in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that users can now travel before 9.30am for free.

The restriction on using concessionary travel passes during the morning peak has been lifted to allow pass holders to take advantage of those shops that are now dedicating the first hour of shopping to older and vulnerable people. 

Read more: Mr Bhaliok asking Prestonians to help raise £1million for NHS staff during coronavirus pandemic

The government is advising against non-essential use of public transport and for people to vary travel times to avoid rush hour, however the change to NoWcards recognises that some older and disabled people, who are not yet self-isolated, may need to travel earlier than usual to get to the shops or attend a medical appointment. 

Disabled NoWcard holders who previously had to pay 50p or £1 to travel before 9.30am will also be able to travel for free. 

The councils have worked with transport operators to agree this temporary change which will be reviewed in line with COVID-19 developments.

The new addition to the pass has been given the green light across Lancashire County Council areas.

Read more: Preston city centre venues targeted in first night of lockdown

Keep up to date with any news updates of the coronavirus outbreak.

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