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Find out about a concessionary travel pass and a companion pass for those who are unable to travel alone. 

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About concessionary travel

Find out about applying for, replacing and renewing your bus pass here. Northumberland County Council participates in the government’s English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS). This scheme entitles pass holders who are residents in England to free off-peak travel on local bus services throughout the country. Once you have your pass, the scheme is free and easy to use.

Eligibility - find out if you can apply for a bus pass 

You will be eligible for a concessionary travel pass (bus pass) if: 


Application process 

If you’d like to apply for a new or renewal pass, you can apply:   


You can apply online which is the quickest way for your pass to be processed. 

If you are applying to renew your bus pass online for the first time, you will need to apply as if you are a new applicant. You need to create an account on our online application website if you have not already done this. 


Please email the completed form to    

By post: 

Concessionary Travel 
Northumberland County Council 
County Hall 
NE61 2EF   

If you have any trouble with the process, please contact us on 0345 600 6400. For more information on how to contact us click here.    

Older person's pass - when to apply

If you are nearly at the age where you become eligible for an older person’s pass, you can apply in advance. Please do not apply more than 28 days in advance. We will keep your application on file as we cannot issue a pass until you become eligible.    

What to expect after you have applied for your bus pass 

Take note of the following points: 

  • Receipt of your application does not mean we will issue you with a pass. If your application is incomplete or unclear, we will have to contact you. This will result in your application being delayed. 
  • We aim to send out passes within 15 working days of receiving a valid application. This allows us time to check your eligibility, and that your application is properly completed. Your application will therefore have all the necessary supporting evidence, and there will be nothing we need to query. 

Information for bus operators  If you are a bus operator in Northumberland who participates in the ENCTS, see the statutory notice here.   

Privacy notice - how we handle your information 

View the concessionary travel privacy notice


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