Welcome for concessionary travel figures

Around 100 million concessionary bus journeys are being taken each year thanks to increased investment from the SNP Scottish Government, new figures have revealed.

Since 2014/15, more than 894 million concessionary bus trips have been made across Scotland by passengers holding a concessionary travel card, including people over 60 years old, those with a qualifying disability and young people under 22 years old.

Most recent data show that there are 1.5million people living in Scotland who benefit from a concessionary travel card.

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Welcoming the new figures, Angus South SNP MSP Graeme Dey said: “I am pleased to observe that many people, both in Angus South and throughout Scotland, are taking advantage of the concessionary travel cards available to them.

"As a result of these figures, the SNP demonstrates its commitment to providing free bus travel for all its constituents.

“The SNP is ensuring people are able to travel without spending money through the expansion of concessionary travel cards to include injured veterans and the introduction of free bus travel for young people under 22.

“As well as assisting people to use public transportation to enjoy increased independence, it is also a key way to reduce our carbon footprint and address the climate crisis. This is yet another example of the SNP Government taking care of those most in need during a time when Westminster continues to claw back support at every opportunity.”