ELDERLY and disabled people are now able to use their bus passes before 9:30 am on weekdays for free travel in Cumbria.

The county council says its change to concessionary bus passes rules is to help older and vulnerable people access early priority shopping hours at supermarkets. The change will initially apply until the end of July 2020.

Cllr Keith Little, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “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.

“But 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.”