Residents reminded about Freedom Pass renewal

Merton Council is encouraging residents with disabilities to renew their Freedom Pass so it’s valid for another two years.

The disabled person’s Freedom Pass allows people to travel free on most public transport in London at any time.

From 1 April 2008, the scheme will be extended to include travel on local bus services anywhere in England, although certain criteria apply.

The pass will not be valid on light railways, tram or train services outside London.

The Freedom Pass for disabled people will be issued from the Civic Centre, London Road, Morden at the following times:

Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm (open until 7pm on Thursday)
Saturday 9:30am – 12pm

Residents need to have their current pass and photo card with them.

The following dates have been allocated depending on the applicant’s last name.

A – C 4-9 February
D – F 11-16 February
G – J 18-23 February
K – M 25 February – 1 March
N – P 3-8 March
Q – T 10-15 March
U-Z 17-22 March (excluding 21 March)

The changes also apply to the Freedom Pass for people aged 60 or over.

These passes are issued from the Post Office.

Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Services, Councillor Margaret Brierly, says: “Merton Council is trying to ensure residents with disabilities don’t miss out on the range of opportunities available to them. I would encourage people to renew their Freedom Pass and enjoy the benefits it provides.”