Freedom Pass holders are being urged to renew their pass “well ahead” of the 31st March expiry date to ensure they continue to benefit from free travel on London’s buses, trains, London Underground, trams, and the Docklands Light Railway.
New passes to be introduced from March 2010 will be valid for five years and for additional security will include a photograph of the owner on the card itself rather than on a separate photocard as is currently the case.
This change means passes will take up to 10 days to issue, with holders unable to renew immediately over the counter as at present.
The pass is funded by London’s boroughs and the government and is issued to all Londoners aged 60 and over and eligible disabled residents. The scheme is administered by London Councils, a non-political body representing all of London’s local councils.
Cllr. Mike Fisher, leader of Croydon Council and chairman of London Councils’ transport and environment committee, said: “The Freedom Pass helps older and disabled residents to live as an independent life as possible. I would urge all pass holders across the borough to ensure they renew their passes well ahead of 31 March to ensure they continue to enjoy the benefits of the scheme.”
Application forms are available from 2 January 2010.