Decision details

Concessionary Fares Scheme 2018/19

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the report of the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport detailing the final arrangements for the Concessionary Fare Scheme for 2018/19 including the rate at which bus operators will be reimbursed for concessionary pass travel.


(i)  To agree to reimburse bus operators in line with the Department for Transport Concessionary Fares Guidance and the methodology as detailed in appendix 1. This will use the Reimbursement Calculator published by the Department for Transport to determine the reimbursement rate for each operator.

(ii)  To agree the local enhancements above the statutory minimum, which is to allow concessionary travel from 0900 rather than 0930 and between 2300 and 0030 for Southampton residents.

Reasons for the decision:

To enable the Council to comply with the statutory requirement to serve bus operators with the minimum 28 days’ notice of the local enhancements and the reimbursement rate that the Council will use.

Alternative options considered:

The Council could withdraw the local enhancements that are offered to City

residents but this is likely to achieve little saving as most passengers would just travel 30 minutes later in the morning once free travel is allowed.

Report author: Pete Boustred

Publication date: 20/03/2018

Date of decision: 20/03/2018

Decided at meeting: 20/03/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/03/2018

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