Call for fairer travel concessions backed

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North East MSP Alison McInnes has backed calls for a better bus pass in a motion she has tabled at the Scottish Parliament.

She has highlighted Age Scotland’s ‘Still Waiting’ campaign, which seeks to have the national concessionary travel scheme extended to cover local community transport in addition to the main bus routes on which it can currently be used.

Mrs McInnes said: “So many people in Scotland, and particularly in rural areas like Angus, rely on public transport to get around. In some areas the only options available are small community transport schemes like ‘dial-a-ride’. They do a great job, but at the moment they aren’t included in the concessionary travel scheme.

“This means that the older or disabled people who rely on them are left out of pocket because of where they live. If there was a regular bus service, they would be able to use their bus passes, rather than having to pay out every time they want to travel into town.”

She continued that she agrees the current arrangement “is not fair” and means that bus pass users are not getting their full benefit.

Mrs McInnes added: “I’m asking for more support for the campaign from my fellow MSPs, and I hope that we can convince the Government to take another look at how the bus pass works.”