PEOPLE with free travel bus passes can now use them before 9.30am on weekdays to get around Cumbria.

Cumbria County Council has temporarily changed the current rules on concessionary passes in the county to help older and vulnerable people access the early priority shopping hours provided by supermarkets.

The change will initially apply until the end of July.

“I am pleased the county council, working with bus operators in Cumbria, has been able to make this change which supports our wider efforts to protect older and vulnerable people from coronavirus," said Cllr Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport.

“But as there are other measures in place to allow vulnerable people to stay at home and receive shopping there, I’d hope this would only be used as a last resort.”