Under the National Concessionary Travel Scheme we offer residents bus passes which allow travel at a reduced rate.The NoWcard scheme is administered by Lancashire County Council.
This scheme offers discounted bus travel for people who have reached state pension age and also people who have disabilities.
We also offer a Senior Railcard to anyone 60 years or over, you can save up to 1/3 on Standard and First Class rail fares throughout Great Britain. We offer the railcard at a reduced rate.
If you live in Lancashire and either meet the age criteria or are disabled, you may be eligible for a NoWcard which entitles you to reduced cost travel within certain times.
The age of eligibility for concessionary travel for women is pension age and for men it is the pensionable age of a woman born on the same day. You can check eligibility on the NoWcard website.
View terms and conditions for the bus pass scheme on the NoWcard website.
NoWcard is a partnership between Chorley Council, the County Councils of Cumbria and Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Borough Councils and the 18 district councils of Lancashire and Cumbria.
Apply for a bus pass
If you are applying for the first time, and are of pensionable age, you can to apply online or in person by visiting our Union Street office.
Customer service staff can complete the application on your behalf and take your photograph. You do not need to provide your own photograph. You will be asked for your telephone and National Insurance number when they complete your application, neither of these are mandatory, but would be helpful. You will only be contacted by phone if there is a question relating to your application. You will need to provide proof of your age and proof of your address.
If you are applying for a disabled persons bus pass you will need to provide proof of your disability. In some cases we can still assist you with your application however, depending on your disability you may need to apply direct to Nowcard. Full details of the qualifying disabilities can be found on the NoWcard website.
To apply for a replacement pass you will need to contact the NoWcard Helpline on 03001 236 737.
With a Senior Railcard anyone 60 years or over can save 1/3 on Standard and First Class rail fares throughout Great Britain for 12 whole months. You can now apply for a 1-year or a 3-year senior railcard. Railcards will be valid for 1 year or 3 years from the date of issue. Railcards purchased via Chorley Council will be available at a reduced rate.
1 year pass will cost £30
3 year pass will cost £70
No refunds will be given.
If you lose your railcard a £10 administration fee will be charged for a replacement.
Renewing your railcard
You will be reminded via email or letter annually when your railcard is due for renewal.
You no longer need to complete a form, you can apply online. You will need to register for the first time using a valid email address. You should enter the unique promotional code which will be on your renewal letter. This entitles you to a discount on the railcards standard charge.
It is important that you read and agree to the full Terms and Conditions governing the issue of the railcard.
If you do not have access to the internet you can apply by telephone on 08448 714036.
If you do not have a credit or debit card you will need to come into Union Street offices to make the payment and we will complete the application on your behalf.
New senior railcard applications
Before making an application for the first time you will need to contact us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on 01257 515151 for your unique promotional code to benefit from the discounted rate. You will then be able to use your unique promotional code to apply online or by telephone.
Once you have your unique promotional code you will need to apply for your senior railcard online.
You will need your debit or credit card and either your driving licence or passport number to verify your age and address, also a valid email address.
If you do not have internet access or the necessary identification you can apply by telephone on 08448 714036.
If you do not have a debit or credit card you will need to come into Union Street offices to make a payment by cash or cheque. You will need to provide proof of your age and address before we can complete the application for you.
Using your Railcard
You can use your Senior Railcard for long and short trips at almost any time during the week and at weekends. The only restriction is for travel during the morning peak period, Monday to Friday (not including Public Holidays).
The times of morning off-peak services do vary by route, so it's best to check with ticket office staff before buying your tickets.