26 January 2015

Stevenson Welcomes Success of Concessionary Travel Scheme in Banffshire and Buchan Coast

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s continuing investment in concessionary travel after new research showed that a total of 56,856 people in Aberdeenshire are benefiting from the scheme.

The research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that 53,539 people over the age of 60 and 3317 disabled people in Aberdeenshire benefited from the policy.

Mr Stevenson said:

“The SNP Government’s deal to ensure that concessionary bus travel continues in coming years is hugely significant – and this new research shows just how important this investment is to the thousands of older and disabled people in Aberdeenshire who are benefiting from this scheme.

“Concessionary bus travel gives people who might otherwise be restricted a greater sense of independence and helps them remain in contact with their friends and family. Funding for the scheme has increased every year since its introduction and with the scheme helping older people, disabled people – and now injured armed services veterans - to make almost 147 million journeys last year, it is vital the scheme continues.

“The Scottish Government’s continued investment in this vital lifeline service is excellent news for everyone who benefits from this service – and I am delighted that people across Aberdeenshire will continue to do so.”

Last week it was announced that a deal had been struck between Transport Scotland and the bus industry which will see £414m invested over the next two years to ensure the scheme continues to provide free bus travels for over 60s, injured service veterans and people with disabilities.

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