Travel help for elderly

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PENSIONERS across Northumberland will soon be able to travel by bus for free to early morning hospital appointments.

Anyone with an older person’s pass can get on a bus in the county without charge after 9am between Mondays and Fridays, and all day at the weekend.

Now the county council has decided that from September 1, pass holders can travel before 9am free of charge on any journey starting in Northumberland if they show the driver their hospital appointment card or letter.