Older and disabled people will be able to use their bus pass to get a third off train travel as part of a year-long trial championed by the NPC, which started on 2 September 2012. The trial will apply on two routes and affect standard off-peak fares between Worcester and Swindon and Westbury and Weymouth (both operated by First Great Western). The Department of Transport will assess the outcome of the trial to see if the scheme can be introduced more widely.
The NPC has been pressing both train operating companies and ministers to adopt a trial so that older people can use their bus pass in lieu of a Senior Railcard. This would save the individual the annual cost of £28. It is hoped that by removing the need for a Senior Railcard, more pensioners will decide to travel by train.
The final report on the trial will be published in November 2013.