Plans to introduce free travel for the elderly and disabled across parts of the Northern Dales are being finalised.
From April 1st the current concessionary scheme - which has more than 9,000 users in towns and villages across Hambleton taking advantage of half price fares on local buses - will be replaced with a 'free' scheme in line with central government regulations.
Elderly Dales residents to receive
free bus passes
Councilors this week rubber stamped the scheme which will give Hambleton residents free travel throughout North Yorkshire.
The district is part of the North Yorkshire Concessionary Fares Partnership which brings together all the North Yorkshire district councils, the County Council and the City of York Council to facilitate travel throughout North Yorkshire.
The scheme also takes in the park and ride scheme in York, the Moorsbus service and routes to both Darlington and Middlesbrough hospitals.
Everyone over the age of 60 is eligible for a bus pass as well as those people physically and mentally disabled, blind or partially sighted.
Members of the council's cabinet gave approval to the scheme this week. They also agreed to continue to support a local element of the scheme through providing cash for a number of community minibuses operated across the district - in Bedale, Great Ayton, Stokesley, and Thirsk - which will continue to provide concessions to eligible groups on a half fare basis.
For further information contact the Council on 0845 1211 555 or check out the website at www.hambleton.gov.uk