PENSIONERS can now reapply for their new style bus pass with the current bus passes becoming invalid at the end of the year.

Transport for Wales announced in June that Concessionary Travel Cards are to replace current bus passes from Wednesday (September 11).

All current green coloured bus passes will still be accepted and are valid until 31 December 2019, after which they will become void.

You can reapply on the website here from a smartphone, tablet or computer. If you need help in doing this, you can visit a drop-in centre or ask someone you trust to apply on the website on your behalf.

But despite concerns for elderly people who do not have access to or feel comfortable using the internet - Transport for Wales has said that paper copies of the application form can be issued to people who want them.

If you would like to order a paper copy of the application, or find out where local support if available, please call 0300 303 4240.

Residents are advised not to panic but to apply for their new-style card in plenty of time before the end of the year to ensure they can continue to receive the benefits of concessionary travel.

From Wednesday, friends and family can apply from home on behalf of residents using the Transport For Wales portal.

To reapply, you will need the following information to hand; the 18-digit card number printed on the front of your (green) bus pass, your date of birth, the postcode your current card is registered to, and your National Insurance number which is on pension statements, disability statements or payslips.

Flintshire Connects Centres - for members of the public and vulnerable individuals in our community that find it difficult to access services online or by phone - are located in Buckley, Connah's Quay, Flint, Holywell and Mold.