From the 1st April 2008 West Lindsey District Council will sign up to the national scheme for concessionary travel for the over 60's. Up until that point travellers in West Lindsey and across the County of Lincolnshire could travel at any time. This was because the seven districts of Lincolnshire subsidised the travel to allow unlimited free travel at any time. The national Scheme doesn't allow this and the ability to "bolt on" extra parts to the services is not being allowed by the governement .
To continue in the same way as before the District Council would have to have a seperate scheme at fairly substantial cost and that cost would not be allowed to be found from the concessionary travel budget given by the government to run the national scheme. So the total cost would have to fall totally on the council tax. I think however, that the ability to travel anywhwere in the country for free outweighs the fact that no free travel is being allowed before 09:30 in the morning.
We understand that government is looking at this and may change to allow unlimited free travel in the fulness of time.