BUS routes subsidised by Thurrock Council will be part of the national Bus For Jobs scheme through January aimed at making it easier for unemployed people to find jobs.
The month-long scheme is being run by the major bus operators and the Greener Journeys Campaign for more sustainable transport.
The scheme is aimed at making it easier for unemployed people to attend job interviews and other appointments and help them overcome the cost barriers they face.
Under the scheme holders of the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card will be able to travel free on almost every local bus service operated by First, Arriva, Stagecoach, Go-Ahead and National Express (buses) and some run by smaller operators.
The council has agreed its contracted local bus services will take part in this scheme and the pass holder will – on production of their pass – be able to travel free.
The card must be produced when the journey is made and anyone unable to show it will not be able to make the free trip and will have to pay the appropriate fare.
Not all commercial bus operators are participating.
People wanting further details of the scheme should contact their local branch of Jobcentre Plus .