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Greenwich residents make a bid for Freedom Passes

Council advises residents to apply for their Freedom Passes before April 2015

Elderly residents in Greenwich are being advised to make a New Year’s resolution to renew their Freedom Pass soon, to ensure they don’t miss out on the free travel that it offers.

It’s part of a London-wide campaign to encourage people to renew their passes online, as they can no longer renew them at the post office.

The current passes, which give older people free travel on almost all public transport in the capital, run out on 31 March 2015.

The main renewal process will be online which means people will not be able to go to a post office to renew, but there is also a form is available for those who are unable to use a computer to go online.

Thousands of letters explaining how to renew have been issued by the Greenwich Royal Borough Council. Anyone who needs help to renew online can go to their local library, where staff will help or they can return the form by post.

Supporters of the Freedom Pass include Theresa Bonney and Tony Wilks, both volunteers at Age UK’s centre in Sherard Road, Eltham. Theresa said: “I use my Freedom Pass every day for going out and socialising, shopping, and going to the theatre in London. It’s a wonderful thing to have.”

Tony, a volunteer home visitor, said: “Although I’m a car driver, I don’t like driving in London. So we use our passes on the train when we go there, which means we use them a lot. We are definitely big fans of the Freedom Pass.”

New passes can be used as soon as they arrive - there’s no need to wait for the old ones to expire. You should destroy the old pass when your new one arrives.

For details of libraries in the borough visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/libraries

For queries about the older person’s Freedom Passes, contact London Councils on 0300 330 1433. For more information and the online renewal form go to: www.freedompass.org


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