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In brief: Issue 475 16 Aug 2007

Bus passenger boom in Thurrock

Thurrock Council has reported a 25% growth in bus patronage over the last year but says none of the growth is because of the Government's free travel scheme for the elderly and disabled. Figures collected from bus companies show that passenger numbers rose from 2,728,000 in 2005/06 to 3,412,000 in 2006/07. The council puts the growth down to new commercial services and a number of new tendered services. Elderly people have received free off-peak bus travel in Thurrock for over three years...

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