Issue details

English National Concessionary Travel Scheme - Discretionary Rail Cards

The ENCTS provides statutory free off-peak bus travel for eligible older and disabled people.


The County Council is reviewing all areas of discretionary expenditure including where it funds senior rail cards as an alternative to a free bus pass for eligible older residents of West Sussex.


This is not a statutory duty and so may be discontinued.


Users and other stakeholders have been consulted to help understand the impact of any changes to the current discretionary railcard offer. If this option is withdrawn, older residents will retain their entitlement to a free bus pass and may also choose to purchase a railcard for £30/year (or £70 for 3 years).



Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/03/2020

Decision due: June 2020 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure

Lead member: Councillor Roger Elkins

Contact: Bill Leath, Transport Bureau Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 25438.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.



A four-week consultation was undertaken to seek the views of affected residents and other stakeholders between 24 October and 4 December 2019. 


Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

Background3: A Prosperous Place


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