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NORTHUMBERLAND residents are being encouraged to get on board with a campaign to make bus travel more accessible for people with a disability.

Epilepsy Society, backed by a number of disability organisations, is calling on the Government to make changes to the disabled person’s bus pass in England so it includes travel during peak hours and a free companion pass where needed.

It is a vital concession for people with epilepsy who have been refused a driving licence because of their condition. People in Scotland and Wales entitled to a pass are already able to travel at any time, with free travel for a companion if required.

Some local authorities in England, including Northumberland, have implemented their own bus travel concessions and extended the hours of free travel to include peak times, but the majority have not.

Amanda Cleaver, Epilepsy Society’s communications and campaigns manager, said: “We think the regional variations are confusing and the proposed change would benefit anyone entitled to the pass. We hope we can count on wide ranging support.”

For more information about the campaign and to sign its e-petition, go to www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/bus