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  • English National Concessionary Travel Scheme – Senior Citizen

    The English National Concession Travel Scheme (ENCTS) entitles senior citizens to free off peak travel on buses across England (plus additional concessions in South Yorkshire).


    When and where to use your pass Who qualifies for a pass  How to get your pass Find out more


    When and where to use your pass

    ENCTS senior pass Senior Pass (ENCTS) holders can travel free from 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays:

    • on local bus services* and trams within South Yorkshire
    • in all other parts of England your pass entitles you to travel free on local bus services*
      *Local bus services do not include booked excursions and long distance coach travel such as that provided by National Express or Megabus. They may also exclude some special services such as temporary shuttle bus.
    • From 8 June 2014: Enhanced concessionary travel arrangements will come into effect, meaning: Older persons concessionary pass holders will be able to additionally travel on trains within South Yorkshire for a half fare (single or day return journeys) between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and at any time at weekends and on Bank Holidays. The arrangements for older people on buses and trams will remain unchanged meaning travel will remain free between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays. Pass holders can continue to travel free on buses across England, between the same hours.

    In all other parts of England, South Yorkshire passes can be used for free travel on bus services between 0930 and 2300 weekdays and all day weekends and Bank Holidays.

    For more details please see the information leaflet (PDF, 169Kb).

    Smart ticketing: Using your pass is now easier than ever.

    More and more buses in South Yorkshire are fitted with smartcard readers which check your pass automatically when you scan it as you board (simply place it on to the ticket machine). On trams the conductor will scan your card with their hand held scanner. If the vehicle you get on does not have a card reader the driver will ask to see your pass for a visual check. When you scan your card there will be a beep and the display will show that it is a free pass.  If your pass does not work for some reason, the driver will visually check the expiry date and you may be advised to visit a Travel South Yorkshire Information Centre to order a replacement. 


    Who qualifies for a pass

    A customer service officer helping customers

    To qualify for an ENCTS (Senior Citizen) pass you must live in South Yorkshire and be of an eligible age, which is equivalent to the female state pensionable age as defined by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

    The government has recently changed the qualifying age, so unless you were born before 6 April 1950, you will no longer become eligible on the day you turn 60.  This means that:

    • If you were born before 6 April 1950, you are still eligible for concessionary travel from your 60th birthday.
    • If you were born after 5 April 1950, your precise age of eligibility will depend on your date of birth.  To find out when you are eligible for concessionary travel, please use DWP's qualifying age calculator (www.direct.gov.uk), or refer to the date of birth table at the bottom of this page.

    If you live outside South Yorkshire, you need to apply to the local authority that covers your usual place of residence.


    How to get your pass

    People getting served in an information centrePlease visit a Travel South Yorkshire Information Centre and take with you:

    • proof of your address
    • proof of your age

    You should receive your pass within seven working days.

    Alternatively, you can apply by post using the ENCTS application form. Please enclose the above items and a recent passport size photograph. Send your application to:

    Team Leader
    Sheffield Information Centre
    Sheffield Interchange
    Pond Hill
    Sheffield
    S1 2BD

    If you apply in person at an Information Centre and do not bring a passport size photograph with you, our staff will be happy to take your picture free of charge with a web camera. Click here to guidance on suitable photographs.

    How to replace a lost or stolen pass

    A replacement pass will cost £7 unless you have taken out pass protection. Call into a Travel South Yorkshire information centre bringing the following:

    • proof of identity - name and address (e.g. official letter addressed to applicant, medical card, utility bill, etc)
    • £7

    Or why not replace your lost pass online?

    Pass protection can be taken out against Senior Citizen Passes for £5 for five years. This will enable you to replace your old pass free of charge should you lose it during the five years which it is valid.

    Please note: Stolen passes will be replaced free of charge if you have reported the theft to the police and obtained a crime reference number.

    You should receive a replacement pass within 7 working days.

    How to renew an expired pass

    If your pass has expired or is due to expire, you can renew you pass online. It’s easy to do by following the five simple steps. You can renew you pass up to a month before the expiry date.

    You can also renew your pass by phone, call Traveline on 01709 51 51 51 or you can visit a Travel Information Centre.

    You won’t need to visit a Travel Information Centre unless you have changed your address or if your appearance has significantly changed since your last pass was issued. You will need to provide proof of your new address and a new photograph (which we can take in the information centre if required).


    Find out more

    Travel assistant at an information centreIf you have any queries regarding the pass please download our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 18Kb).

    Alternatively, you can:

    Date of birth

    If you were born before 6 August 1951, you already qualify for a pass.

    If you were born later in 1951, you become eligible as follows:
      

    Date of birth

    Date eligible for a pass

    Date you can apply for a pass

    6 July 1951 to 5 August 1951

    6 November 2012

    23 October 2012

    6 August 1951 to 5 September 1951

    6 January 2013

    23 December 2012

    6 September 1951 to 5 October 1951

    6 March 2013

    20 February 2013

    6 October 1951 to 5 November 1951

    6 May 2013

    22 April 2013

    6 November 1951 to 5 December 1951

    6 July 2013

    22 June 2013

    6 December 1951 to 5 January 1952 6 September 2013 23 August 2013


    If you were born in 1952

    Date of birth

    Date eligible for a pass

    Date you can apply for a pass

    6 December 1951 to 5 January 1952

    6 September 2013

    23 August 2013

    6 January 1952 to 5 February 1952

    6 November 2013

    23 October 2013

    6 February 1952 to 5 March 1952

    6 January 2014

    23 December 2013

    6 March 1952 to 5 April 1952

    6 March 2014

    20 February 2014

    6 April 1952 to 5 May 1952

    6 May 2014

    22 April 2014

    6 May 1952 to 5 June 1952

    6 July 2014

    22 June 2014

    6 June 1952 to 5 July 1952

    6 September 2014

    23 August 2014

    6 July 1952 to 5 August 1952

    6 November 2014

    23 October 2014

    6 August 1952 to 5 September 1952

    6 January 2015

    23 December 2014

    6 September 1952 to 5 October 1952

    6 March 2015

    20 February 2015

    6 October 1952 to 5 November 1952

    6 May 2015

    22 April 2015

    6 November 1952 to 5 December 1952

    6 July 2015

    22 June 2015

    6 December 1952 to 5 January 1953 6 September 2015 23 August 2015


    If you were born in 1953

    Date of birth  

    Date eligible for a pass  

    Date you can apply for a pass  

    6 December 1952 to 5 January 1953

    6 September 2015

    23 August 2015

    6 January 1953 to 5 February 1953

    6 November 2015

    23 October 2015

    6 February 1953 to 5 March 1953

    6 January 2016

    23 December 2015

    6 March 1953 to 5 April 1953

    6 March 2016

    21 February 2016

    6 April 1953 to 5 May 1953

    6 July 2016

    22 June 2016

    6 May 1953 to 5 June 1953

    6 November 2016

    23 October 2016

    6 June 1953 to 5 July 1953

    6 March 2017

    20 February 2017

    6 July 1953 to 5 August 1953

    6 July 2017

    22 June 2017

    6 August 1953 to 5 September 1953

    6 November 2017

    23 October 2017

    6 September 1953 to 5 October 1953

    6 March 2018

    20 February 2018

    6 October 1953 to 5 November 1953

    6 July 2018

    22 June 2018

    6 November 1953 to 5 December 1953

    6 November 2018

    23 October 2018

    6 December 1953 to 5 January 1954 6 March 2019 20 February 2019


    If you were born in 1954 or after

    Date of birth  

    Date eligible for a pass  

    Date you can apply for a pass  

    6 December 1953 to 5 January 1954

    6 March 2019

    20 February 2019

    6 January 1954 to 5 February 1954

    6 May 2019

    22 April 2019

    6 February 1954 to 5 March 1954

    6 July 2019

    22 June 2019

    6 March 1954 to 5 April 1954

    6 September 2019

    23 August 2019

    6 April 1954 to 5 May 1954

    6 November 2019

    23 October 2019

    6 May 1954 to 5 June 1954

    6 January 2020

    23 December 2019

    6 June 1954 to 5 July 1954

    6 March 2020

    21 February 2020

    6 July 1954 to 5 August 1954

    6 May 2020

    22 April 2020

    6 August 1954 to 5 September 1954

    6 July 2020

    22 June 2020

    6 September 1954 to 5 October 1954

    6 September 2020

    23 August 2020

    6 October 1954 to 5 November 1954

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