AMID the coronavirus outbreak, Slough concessionary bus pass holders will be able to travel for free.

The passes can now be used before 9.30am and from March 20, for a period of three months, residents with the passes can use public transport for free 24 hours a day.

Slough Borough Council said this move will assist residents to go to the supermarket and use other services opening in the morning during this unprecedented time.

However, the council is still urging people to follow government advice and reduce the amount of going out in public, especially those over 70 or with underlying health conditions who should stay at home as much as possible.

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Josie Wragg, Chief Executive, said an adjustment to the bus pass scheme to allow use before 9.30am would benefit residents in the borough.

She said: “For the next three months during a time when we are being advised this deadly virus will peak, people with bus passes will be able to access public transport without limitation.

“Supermarkets and other shops are offering exclusive times when groups who are more vulnerable, and who have been told that social isolation will be beneficial, can shop without coming in contact with the general population.

“We are supporting these measures by providing the means of transport to get to these locations.”