1. The current Concessionary Travel Cards (bus passes) all have a common expiry date of 31/12/19 and need to be replaced. This means ALL current eligible pass holders will need to re-apply and receive a new smartcard.
2. Existing card holders will be asked to apply for new cards later in the autumn. A public information campaign, managed by Transport for Wales, will be launched in the autumn.
3. New applicants will now start receiving the new smartcard, but significant work will take place between September and December this year to help existing cardholders switch to the new smartcard.
4. The new smartcard will be future proofed and compatible with future enhancements such as public transport integration (as that becomes possible).
The new-style cards will offer the same free travel rights and benefits as the current cards. The process of issuing the new cards also remains the same until the wider national replacement commences in the autumn.