Concessionary bus and train pass
Eligible Calderdale residents are entitled to a free concessionary travel pass.
The pass permits free or reduced rate travel for:
- free travel on buses at off-peak times throughout West Yorkshire and England
- half fare travel on trains in West Yorkshire at off-peak times.
- free travel on buses at any time in West Yorkshire
- free travel on buses at off-peak times throughout England
- free travel on trains at any time in West Yorkshire.
To check if you are eligible visit Blind and disabled passes eligibility|.
Blind people and children under 11 automatically qualify for the companion pass.
For people with severe disabilities, the pass can include provision for a companion to travel free of charge throughout West Yorkshire. To qualify for free travel, the companion must board and leave the bus / train at the same stop as the pass holder.
You can apply for companion entitlement if you are in receipt of:
- Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- Higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
- Enhanced rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
or have confirmation from a medical practitioner or health care professional to support your request.
Applying for a concessionary pass
You can apply for a pass at our Customer First offices in Halifax, Brighouse or Todmorden. See Local offices.
You will need to provide:
- proof of address eg. recent gas / electricity bill (or give consent for us to check Calderdale Council Tax records)
- one proof of disability eg.
- your blue badge parking permit;
- a certificate of visual impairment;
- a letter to show Disability Living Allowance (higher rate mobility component);
- a letter to show Personal Independence Payments (minimum 8 points against ‘mobility’ or ‘communicating verbally’ part of PIP);
- Severe Disablement Allowance;
- Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (tariff 1-8);
- Veteran’s Constant Attendance Allowance (full day rate, intermediate rate or exceptional rate);
- If applying under the learning disabilities criteria, a letter from Social Services, Health Service or, if applicable, a Special Educational Needs (SEN) statement from the school you attend.
If you are unable to provide one of these documents, you will require confirmation from a medical practitioner or health care professional that you are eligible for a concessionary pass.
Note: the Council can not reimburse any charges incurred through obtaining evidence from a medical professional.
- a completed Concessionary travel pass application form [PDF file 310KB]|.
You do not need to bring a photograph when you apply as our staff will take your picture.
Once your application has been approved, you will receive your new pass in the post within 10 working days.
Renewing your pass
If your pass is due to expire in the next month, fill in an application form and return it, with the relevant proof of eligibility, to one of our Customer First Offices at Halifax, Brighouse or Todmorden.
Lost and stolen passes
You can obtain a replacement concessionary pass from the Travel Centre at Halifax Bus Station.
- Replacement of a lost or defaced pass for a disabled person costs £5;
- Replacement of a lost or defaced pass for a blind person is free of charge.
For more information visit Replacing lost, stolen or damaged passes|.
Stolen passes will be replaced free of charge on production of a valid police incident number.