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26 May 2009

Concessionary fares scheme extended

Scotland's nationwide concessionary travel scheme is to be extended to include injured forces veterans.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson today published the results of the Scottish Government's review of the concessionary fare travel scheme.

This means older and disabled passengers will continue to enjoy free travel throughout Scotland at any time on any bus route.

The review - a commitment made by the previous administration - has been assessing how the scheme has been operating since its introduction in April 2006, and looking at ways to improve the scheme even further.

Mr Stevenson said:

"The concessionary fares scheme has been a widespread success, bringing free travel to elderly and disabled people across Scotland. I'm delighted to extend it so that those injured veterans who have served our country so bravely will be able to enjoy the benefits of free bus travel from Spring 2011.

"Older and disabled people will continue to be able to travel for free throughout Scotland - at any time, on any bus routes, for any number of journeys. This will be a welcome boost in these difficult economic times and this Government is taking action to help householders, families and pensioners weather the current economic downturn.

"As a Government we are always looking at ways to encourage people out of their cars and on to more sustainable forms of travel. This scheme has been hugely successful in increasing the use of buses and I'm confident it will continue to make an important contribution to our climate change efforts."

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