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Bus, Fares/ticketing, Funding, Local Government, Other, England

Is concessionary travel value for money?

The introduction of England’s free concessionary fares scheme has led to a significant increase in bus use. However, research undertaken by ITS Leeds shows that uptake of the free bus pass is inconsistent. In Lancashire 56% of eligible people don’t use it. Conversely 2.5% of passholders account for 25% of trips. During the conference, a debate was held to discuss whether the scheme is delivering its intended outcomes and providing value for money.

Andrew Meaney, Head of Transport,...

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