MEMBERS of a Flintshire assembly member's office will be on hand to help with the application process for people with an existing or old bus pass.

Two drop in sessions will be held at Hannah Blythyn AM's Flint office, at 38 Church Street.

These will take place on Monday, January 20 and Monday, January 27 between 10am and 11am.

Applicants will need to be still living at the address their existing pass is registered to.

Transport for Wales and bus operators agreed an extension to the original December 31, 2019 deadline, with a grace period when both old and new-style cards will be accepted for travel.

Miss Blythyn said: “The extension was welcome news, but with the new deadline looming I am offering drop-in sessions in my Flint office.

For anyone who requires help with their online application for their new bus pass my team will be happy to assist - no appointment is required.”

To apply for a replacement pass applicants will need to take the following information with them to the drop in session; the 19-digit card number printed on the front of their (green) bus pass, the postcode the current card is registered their date of birth, and National Insurance number, for over 16s - which can be found on pension statements, disability statements or payslips.

The Welsh Government recently confirmed that the forthcoming Public Transport (Wales) Bill will retain free bus travel for people aged 60 and over.

Transport for Wales has so far renewed over a half a million concessionary bus passes.

The grace period for the renewal of bus passes is only temporary and those who wish to continue receiving travel benefits into 2020 will need to reapply before 31 January to allow enough time for the new card to issue before 29 February.