Free bus travel for elderly and disabled to continue

Older people and those with disabilities will continue to get free off peak bus travel, thanks to an extension of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme.

In place since 2007, the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme allows over 65s and disabled people to have free bus travel since 2007.

The government has now amended legislation to protect the scheme in its current format, so that it can to continue and no longer needs to be reviewed every 5 years.

Buses Minister Nusrat Ghani said: "Being able to get out and about is hugely important for older and disabled people to keep their independence and play a role in their local community.

"Buses help connect people, homes and businesses and nearly 10 million people in this country are already benefitting from free off-peak bus travel.

"The legislation underpinning our important bus pass scheme is now set for the future, meaning this group will be able to access their local services and amenities."

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