MORE than 6,000 people throughout Redcar and Cleveland will be able to enjoy extra travel benefits thanks to a Government scheme.

The Concessionary Travel Scheme offers a free bus pass and half-fare travel to men aged 65, women aged 60, and people who qualify under seven categories of disabilities.

Councillor Sylvia Szintai, lead member for environment and infrastructure on Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said the council also offers a scheme where people can buy a bus pass for £12 and then travel on the buses for just 30p.

There are currently 14,000 people throughout the borough taking advantage of that scheme.

"Everyone will be able to choose which scheme to go for.

"If you only travel short distances, you may find that the free scheme, and half-fare, is the best value. If you regularly travel longer distances you may find the council scheme offers the best value.

"Our estimates reckon we could see a 50 per cent increase in the number of people who take advantage of concessionary travel."

The extension for renewing the council passes has been extended to the end of May, and people in the Marske area will be able to renew their passes at the cricket club pavilion in the town. Full details of renewal sessions should be available soon.