Isle of Wight council ‘actively reviewing’ start time of concessionary bus pass

Many had raised the issue of older residents not being about to use their concessionary bus pass before 9.30 to shop during priority times at supermarkets

Bus Stop at The Needles Old Battery

In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19/C19) outbreak, several supermarkets have started to offer priority visiting during the first hour of business to the older Islanders and those with underlying health conditions.

Many people have raised the issue of those who rely on the free bus pass for over 65s and other concessionary fares not being able to travel with it prior to 9.30am.

IWC: Being actively reviewed
OnTheWight asked the Isle of Wight council whether they would consider relaxing the restrictions and what would need to happen for this to be agreed.

A spokesperson for the council told OnTheWight,

“The matter is being actively reviewed, and will be considered in the light of the government’s advice to increase social distancing.”

We’ll let you know as soon as we hear an update.

Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay alert and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Image: curns under CC BY 2.0

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 6:45pm



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6 Comments on "Isle of Wight council ‘actively reviewing’ start time of concessionary bus pass"

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Isle of Wight Council, normally I wouldn’t be so rude, but get your heads out of your a***s and allow 24-hour pensioner bus pass use! If the Tory government can be borrowing billions and entire businesses are shutting down, you can allow some pensioners to get their food safely before they lock down at home for 12 weeks!

Alternative Perspective

Many Councils in the U.K. have already addressed this issue, what is taking the IW Council so long?

Just do it, and do it today

Angela Hewitt
What is tragic is that these pensioners need to go out and shop at all!. Where are their family. Where are the carers who can help. How are they collecting their pensions? When are supermarkets going to offer free deliveries to those elderly, mostly over 80 who don’t have anyone to help them? Anyone who is young, not self isolating, with transport, should volunteer to help with… Read more »

Nobody should be using the buses at this point in time, particularly those at risk.


And how will those essential people without transport get to work? What a stupid statement.

@walkingwizard Any public transport generally is a really bad idea at this time, a confined space with lots of stranger and an airbourne pathogen. A large proportion of people who get Covid-19 will display no symptoms, but are still infectious. Essential workers will still most likely be contact with the wider Island population, including vulnerable persons. In order to prevent the health service being overwhelmed it is… Read more »