Wednesday, April 02, 2008

See England free

Two women in their 60s are to embark on a 700-mile journey across England using free bus passes to get them around. Manju Ghosh, 60, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, and her friend, 66-year-old Christine Jackson, from Sheffield, will begin their trip on Tuesday.

The pair will use their new National Travel Passes which give over 60s and eligible disabled people free travel on local buses throughout England. The trip from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Land's End is expected to take 12 days.

The women are planning to stay at a variety of friends' houses along the way and will pass through Newcastle, Darlington, Selby and York before travelling on to Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Towards the end of their trip the pair will visit Oxford, Bath, Dorchester and Penzance on their way to Land's End.The National Travel Pass entitles people aged 60 and over and eligible disabled people to free travel on local bus services anywhere in England from 0930 BST to 2300 BST on weekdays.

They can also travel all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays. Greater Manchester residents can use their pass for free travel on local bus services in the county through to midnight.

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