PENSIONERS will no longer be able to use their bus passes on Warrington’s Own Buses services before 9.30am.

Restrictions on concessionary passes were temporary lifted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing holders free travel at any time of the day.

But the Government has now reversed this decision and the bus company, along with others in the area, will be reinstating the usual conditions from Monday meaning that passes can no longer be used earlier than 9.30am on weekdays.

Holders who are registered as blind or partially-sighted will still be able to use services for free at all times, as they could prior to the Covid-19 outbreak.

A spokesman said: “For the past few months, holders of concessionary passes have temporarily been able to use local bus services across the borough for free before 9.30am.

“This was to support access to essential services, during a period when buses were less busy.

“However, as more shops, restaurants and cafes re-open, buses are getting busier – which means it is now necessary for the council to revert to the previous scheme in line with other local authorities in the region.

“This will help ensure that there is enough space on services to meet the increasing demand.”