NORTH Somerset residents who have their birthdays in September can travel for free this month.

Since its launch on August 1, 2023, over 19,800 people have signed up to the Birthday Bus scheme, with nearly 42,000 journeys made last month alone.

Residents with upcoming birthdays can apply for free Birthday Bus month travel from now until July 31, 2024.

This also includes free travel on the WESTlink bus.

To apply, visit the birthday bus website.

Annabel Hall, a mother of two, said: “I got my free bus pass for August; it was super quick and easy to apply for and it came really quickly. I took my two children on a bus adventure last Tuesday.

"We got on the bus from Grandma’s house in Little Stoke and went to the end of the route to Severn Beach.

"We had lunch and played in the park then got the bus home. We did another bus adventure the following week and went on a different route. My three-year-old loves going on the bus and my one-year-old slept both ways of the journey so winning all round!”

Leader of North Somerset Council, Mike Bell, said: “The Birthday Bus offer is a great initiative where all residents in North Somerset and the West of England area can receive free bus travel during the entire month of their birthday.

"It’s a great way to explore your local area and beyond, save valuable pennies in these cost of living times and bus travel is also better for the environment than using a car.

"We received over £105 million from the Department for Transport to improve bus services by 2025 and we’re working hard through our bus service improvement plan to ensure buses are faster, coordinated and the first choice over using the car.”

September also happens to be Catch the Bus Month, which encouraged people to either walk or use public transport. It is hoped that this could help ease traffic congestion and encourage people to adopt a greener way to travel.

The Birthday Bus fare offer is funded by the UK government and supported by the West of England Combined Authority, North Somerset Council, mayor Dan Norris and Travelwest.