From Thursday 05 November restrictions on Wyre council issued concessionary passes limiting evening and weekend travel through the illuminations will be lifted. Due to the suspension of the Blackpool Illuminations, holders of Wyre Council issued concessionary passes will be able to use these on our tramway in the evenings and at weekend.
People who hold valid English National Concessionary Travel Scheme passes can travel for free on Blackpool Transport buses between 0930 and 2300 hours Monday to Friday and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
From Monday 15 June 2020, there was a change for holders of Blackpool issued disabled concessionary passes who travel before 09:30am. The previous 50p concessionary rate if travelling before 09:30 am has now been changed to £1. This change brings Blackpool in line with the rest of Lancashire who currently pay £1 fare if travelling before 09:30 am.
Holders of a disability NoWcard issued by Lancashire County Council or Blackburn with Darwen Council will continue to be charged a fare of £1 per journey if travelling before 09:30am.
Holders of Older Person's NowCards will be required to pay a full fare if travelling before 09:30 or after 23:00.
Please make sure you hang onto your zero fare ticket that the driver gives you. From time to time you may be asked to show your ticket to one of our inspectors during your bus journey.
Blackpool Concessionary Travel Pass holders and Wyre Concessionary Travel Pass holders can also travel for free on the Blackpool Tramway from 0930 until 2300 hours Monday to Friday and all day Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Concessions for companions/carers of disabled persons
Some local authorities issue passes for carers who are accompanying passengers with pronounced disabilities. These are only valid in the area of the issuing authority and are not national passes. Currently, Lancashire does not issue carer’s passes and therefore we are sorry but no carer’s passes are valid on our buses or trams in any circumstances. This is not a transport operator policy but has been decided by the fundholders. Lancashire is currently working with bus operators to develop a manageable companion pass scheme. Please do not be offended if the driver or conductor refuses to give free travel to someone producing a carer’s pass as it is simply not valid in this part of England yet.
Frequently asked questions
Am I able to use my concessionary pass issued outside of Blackpool or Wyre on board the Blackpool Trams?
Unfortunately not. Only passes issued by either Blackpool or Wyre Borough Councils are eligible for free travel on the tramway as decided by Lancashire County Council.
Who pays for my concession?
The English National Concession is funded by HM Government with your local district council. Lancashire County Council/NoWcard administers the scheme on behalf of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool.
How do I qualify for a NoWcard?
How do I apply for a NoWcard?
You can apply for a NoWcard from your own Local Authority. Blackpool Transport Services unfortunately do not issue or regulate NoWCards.
Blackpool Borough Residents
Customer First Centre
Blackpool FY2 1NF
Customer First Centre opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00
Customer First Telephone line: 01253 477477
Fylde Borough Residents
Lytham Saint Annes
Town Hall opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00
Town Hall Telephone line 01253 658658
Wyre Borough Residents
Civic Centre opening hours: 09:00 to 17:00
Civic Centre Telephone line: 01253 891000
Visiting the area? Speak to your Local Authority or Council about the English National Concessionary Transport Scheme (ENCTS).
Changes to concession cards issued by Lancashire County Council
From February 2018 Lancashire County Council are introducing a change to the NoW Card scheme.
Passes that are reported lost, stolen or held by customers who have moved to a new area will, from January, be blocked by the issuing council. This means that anybody attempting to travel using a blocked pass may be asked to pay the full fare for their journey.
If you encounter this, please contact the council who issued you with your NoW Card.
For any further advice regarding the use of concessionary passes, please contact your local council.