Delight as bus pass scheme agreed

August 17, 2006 3:00 PM

Executive City Councillor for Planning and Transport, Sian Reid, has today welcomed the new county-wide free travel scheme for the over 60s in Cambridgeshire.

Coun Reid has been negotiating to put together the scheme.

"The City Council in Cambridge has always worked hard to improve public transport in the city and to encourage more people out of their cars and onto buses. In fact we're one of the few places outside London where bus use is increasing not decreasing. A free cross border bus service for over 60s will help encourage bus use into the city as well as providing a vital service for older people and the disabled who do not have their own transport.

"The City Council is putting significant investment into this scheme. The Government failed to provide sufficient funding for the scheme and failed to consider how it would work in areas like Cambridgeshire. Junior Minister Stephen Ladyman's response earlier this week was typical of the Government's response to the problem and so I am delighted that we have managed to put together a solution ourselves in Cambridgeshire."

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