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Enjoy free weekend bus travel throughout the county

03 September 2021

The River Arrow at Eardisland, with the message: Free buses all weekend. Where are you visiting on your bus-it list?

You wait until the weekend for a day of free bus travel, then two come along at once!

Beginning this Saturday (4 September), Herefordshire Council is pleased to announce that all bus travel within Herefordshire will be free at weekends.

The scheme* will enable anybody and everybody to hop on and off any bus in the county, as many times as they like, for free.  The only condition, is that the journey must be entirely within Herefordshire.

To help people make the most of the scheme, there will also be additional services on Sundays, serving several locations including Bromyard, Colwall, Kington, Ledbury and Leominster.

Councillor John Harrington, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer free, unlimited weekend bus travel for the whole county for what we hope will be at least a year.  By making it easier and cheaper to get around, the scheme will help to connect people and communities, and provide a kick start to the local economy by getting people back to enjoying our vibrant city and market towns.

“Travelling by bus is often better for your physical and mental wellbeing, allowing you to sit back, take in the world from the window and enjoy the ride.  It also reduces congestion and wear and tear on the road network, and is better for the environment.

“We’re encouraging everybody to compile their own ‘bus-it list’.  A selection of locations, journeys and experiences in the county that can be enjoyed, thanks to free bus travel.  Whether it’s an afternoon shopping in a high street, a day out at a museum or historic site, or travelling to meet friends for a meal or a drink at a local café or restaurant, you have all the reasons in the world to ‘bus-it’.”

Free weekend bus travel is just one element of the Covid-19 Recovery Plan, which is providing funding of £6million to support the county in its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor David Hitchiner, Leader of the council, added: “We know how important it is to connect people with their communities and to the wider world and to help people feel safe and supported.  The investment, support and activities outlined in the recovery plan, help to address the impact of Covid-19 on people of all ages, as our communities look towards recovery.”

Bus travel will remain free to residents of pensionable age, and those with a qualifying disability through the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.

To help keep everybody safe, it is recommended that you continue to wear a mask when travelling by bus.  Don’t forget to check the bus timetables for your return journey, before you travel.

To find out more, visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/bus-it.

Church Street in Ledbury, with the message: Where are you visiting first on your bus-it list?

*  This scheme is being funded by the Government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund, as part of Herefordshire Council’s Covid-19 Recovery Plan, supporting economic recovery and improving wellbeing in Herefordshire.