Please note the Civic Offices is still closed for this service and you cannot attend in person. Please either telephone or e-mail your enquiry.
Reading Borough Council gives notice of the publication of its concessionary bus fares scheme for older and disabled people, as part of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS), in accordance with and subject to the relevant provisions of the Transport Act 1985, the Transport Act 2000, the Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 and all associated secondary legislation.
Reading Borough residents who turned 60 on or before 5 April 2010 are entitled to a free bus pass on all local buses in the Reading urban area between 9.30am and 11pm, Monday to Friday and anytime at weekends and on bank holidays. Residents who turn 60 on or after 6 April 2010 should check eligibility.
Reading Borough Council automatically renews bus passes that are about to expire, you are not required to do anything.
The bus passes are sent to the address held on your Bus Pass records. If you do not receive your renewed bus pass by the expiry date of your bus pass, please get in touch, either by phone or email and we can check our records.
Please note the average turnaround time to process a concessionary travel pass application, including lost, stolen or damaged is 10 working days. You can apply for a concessionary pass form online.
Passes are not valid on football or rugby buses.
You can apply to replace a pass if it is lost or damaged. We cannot issue a person with a replacement bus pass if your bus pass was issued by another local authority or if you no longer live within Reading Borough Council’s area. Please contact your current local Council to arrange a new/replacement bus pass. If you originally had a bus pass issued by Reading Borough Council, which has now been lost/damaged/stolen please contact us on 0118 937 3767 to inform us as we are required to cancel your bus pass issued by us.
The replacement fee is £12.50. If your pass was stolen and you have a valid crime reference number (CRN) from Thames Valley Police, you can apply for a free replacement.
Reading Borough residents who cannot hold a driver’s license on medical grounds or with limited mobility can apply for a disability bus pass (Access Pass). You may use your pass at any time on weekdays, weekends and bank holidays and you may also be able to travel for free on Readibus if you meet their eligibility criteria. Carers may also qualify for free bus travel as a companion (Access Companion Pass).
For more information on concessionary bus passes please call 0118 937 3767 or use our online enquiry form.
Readibus provides a dial-a-ride bus service for people with limited mobility. You can apply for an access pass – journeys range from £1.50 to £3 if you do not have a pass.
Find out more about school travel.
In order to be eligible for an ‘Access Pass’, the applicant must meet ONE of the following criteria from either Automatic entitlement or Non-Automatic entitlement.
For Automatic entitlement, the applicant must be able to provide proof of their eligibility, by supplying the appropriate evidence, as marked in brackets.
For Non-automatic entitlement (and when applying for a companion entitlement), eligibility must be certified by an independent medical professional (such as a Doctor). Download and complete the C2 assessment form and take it to your doctor to sign. You must then upload it when you make your online application.
If you are applying for companion entitlement, this must be certified by an independent medical professional on the form. Download and complete the C3 assessment form and take it to your doctor to sign. You must then upload it when you make your online application.
If none of the above –