THOUSANDS of people are set to get new concessionary bus passes.
They were issued when the scheme was first launched five years ago and are about to expire. New passes will entitle people to another five years of free and concessionary travel.
To make the transition as seamless as possible, Durham County Council will automatically send out new passes to all 80,000 eligible residents, including people in Peterlee and East Durham, from February 18.
The council has checked its records before re-issuing the passes, but if residents have moved house or changed their personal details, they are asked to call 03000 268667.
If residents receive a pass which is incorrect or no longer required or, if they are entitled to a pass, but have not received one by March 18, they should contact the council.
The council issues travel passes to people over 60 or with certain disabilities which entitles them to free travel or concessions on local bus services.
In County Durham, pass holders can also get half price travel on certain local train services.
Further information about the process is available at www.durham.gov.uk/buspassrenewal