Free travel

PUBLISHED: 10:48 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

WITH the national free bus travel scheme starting this week, thousands of East Devon residents will be receiving their passes in the next few days.

WITH the national free bus travel scheme starting this week, thousands of East Devon residents will be receiving their passes in the next few days.

More than 29,000 people who qualify for the scheme, which is aimed at elderly and disabled people, are set to receive their passes from East Devon District Council.

The council has reassured anyone who has not received their new pass, either because they have moved or because of postal delays, will still be able to travel free within the district, using their old pass, until their new one is issued.

Diccon Pearse, EDDC's corporate director for the economy, whose staff have been responsible for organising the distribution, said: "We have worked very hard to ensure those residents who are eligible for the new passes will have them ready to use on April 1.

"EDDC has also led the way and added two further improvements to the scheme. We have agreed that companions should be included on the passes for eligible disabled residents, to enable them to be accompanied, free, by a carer or relative while they are travelling.

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