Concessionary travel through the National Entitlement Card (NEC) is available to permanent Scottish residents where one of the following applies:
What does it entitle me to?
Free bus travel across Scotland and reduced rate train travel throughout the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area.
People, aged 60 years of age and over, are entitled to rail concessions, during off peak times, in the Strathclyde area.
Disabled people are entitled to rail concessions, at any time, within the Strathclyde boundaries. People with a visual impairment will also qualify for free bus, rail and ferry travel across Scotland.
For journeys further afield, you may want to consider a Disabled Persons Railcard.
Restrictions on bus services
NEC cannot be used on certain services, for example premium fare night buses and City Sightseeing Buses.
For further information download Scotland wide free bus travel for older and disabled people (PDF, 183kb).
Who is responsible for the Concessionary Travel Scheme?
Transport Scotland is responsible for running the national concessionary travel scheme.
National entitlement cards for North Ayrshire residents are provided by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.
How do I apply?
You will need a National Entitlement Card. More information is available from Transport Scotland.
Applying on the basis of disability
Request an application form (NCT001) from your local Health and Social Care Partnership office, or call 01294 310000.
Completed application forms should be returned along with:
Please note: Copies of evidence are acceptable and are preferable if you are sending proof by post. If you hand in originals we will take copies and return the originals to you.
We will stamp your form and post it to SPT, there is no charge for this service and you will receive your national entitlement card in the post. This should take around 3 weeks.
If you are registered blind or disabled and require someone to accompany you while travelling on bus services you can apply for a companion entitlement to be added to your card. You will need to provide evidence. This may be an award notice letter from the Department of Work and Pensions or a copy of your blind registration certificate.
Applying on the basis of age
If you are aged 60 years and over, request an application form (LS304) from your local:
Completed applications should be returned to your local Post Office with:
- a passport sized photograph
- proof of age
- proof of address
The Post Office will send your application to SPT, there is no charge for this service, and you will receive your national entitlement card in the post.
Aged 60 and over
Renewals are issued automatically by SPT.
SPT will write to you, before the expiry date on your card, to request proof of your continued entitlement. If you do not hear from them you should contact your SPT Travel Centre.
If you have moved address, it is essential that you contact SPT to let them know.
If your card is lost, stolen, or damaged, you should contact the SPT Travel Centre.