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Free Nationwide Bus Travel for Scots Pensioners

Magazine article Public Finance

Free Nationwide Bus Travel for Scots Pensioners

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Older and disabled people will be able to travel for free throughout Scotland under a national concessionary bus scheme to be introduced next year.

Transport Minister Tavish Scott this week issued a consultation paper giving details of the scheme, which is expected to cost a maximum of £159m in Z006/07 and £163m in 2007/08.

At present, most local authorities operate concessionary travel schemes - but these are restricted to their areas. Under the national scheme, people aged 60 and over and the disabled will be given free, unrestricted Scotland-wide bus travel at any time of day.

More than 500 bodies are being asked to comment on the details of the scheme, to be introduced on April 1, 2006. It will be operated by Transport Scotland, the new executive agency that is directly accountable to Scottish ministers. …

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