Council welcomes Government boost for local bus scheme

December 12, 2005 5:40 PM

Cambridge City Council has responded to the Government's decision to allow pensioners to travel free on off-peak registered local bus services, by pointing out that Cambridge City Council has been spending over £300,000 this year and in previous years on concessionary bus fares.

Cambridge is currently part of the county-wide Cambridgeshire and Peterborough concessionary travel scheme. Commenting on the announcement, Executive Councillor for Transport and the Environment, Jenny Bailey said:

"In Cambridge we are already spending over £300,000 per year on half price concessionary bus fares for pensioners.

"I'm very pleased to hear that the Government is planning to build on that, allowing us to provide free off-peak bus travel for pensioners. We're still waiting to hear the details of the funding settlement and I just hope that it is sufficient to fund the scheme.

"This scheme is a great way to enhance bus use in Cambridge and hopefully get more people out of their cars and on to public transport. It's so important to provide affordable and reliable public transport for everyone, not just the elderly and we hope to continue to provide this."

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