Free public transport travel extended for WA pensioners

Photo: File image.
Photo: File image.

Western Australian pensioner concession cardholders who could not access their free travel due to COVID-19 regional border restrictions will be granted an extension on their entitlement.

The extension is available to about 45,000 cardholders whose unclaimed free travel entitlement expired between March 1 and May 31.

The entitlement can now be used until December 31 this year.

This free and concessional travel is available to more than 370,000 WA pensioners.

It gives them access to one return or two single journeys with Transwa or flights to Perth (through the Department of Transport) for those living north of the 26th parallel, which begins at Shark Bay.

Pensioners can call Transwa on 1300 662 205 or the Department of Transport on 1300 660 147 to discuss eligibility or to book.

Transport minister Rita Saffioti said she hoped the deadline extension would see more people exploring the state when holidaying.

"With regional border restrictions now easing, we want WA residents to get back on our Transwa road coaches and trains to explore our great state again," she said.

"This extension will allow our pensioner cardholders to once again use their free travel entitlement and provide a welcome boost to local tourism, which will play an important role in WA's COVID-19 economic recovery.

"WA has many regional towns that visitors can enjoy again, and Transwa provides a hassle-free way to travel to the likes of Margaret River, Albany, Jurien Bay, Toodyay, York and many other beautiful corners of WA."