Anne McIntosh MP in appeal over bus services law

MP in appeal over bus services law

MP in appeal over bus services law

First published in News

THE MP for Thirsk and Malton is pressing for a change in the law which bans pensioners from contributing towards bus services.

Tory Anne McIntosh has applied for a House of Commons debate over the Concessionary Bus Travel Act.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Councillor John Weighell has estimated that tens of thousands of pensioners in the county want to contribute towards fares to make 150 threatened services financially viable for bus operators.

The authority, which is mid-way through cutting its budget by £168 million, decided to cut its bus subsidies by £2 million last week, despite warnings over the loss of services to sheltered housing estates and doctors’ surgeries.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said the Government was focusing its efforts in making the bus concession more efficient, rather than by cutting back on the entitlement offered to older and disabled people.

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11:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

growthorgreed says...

What twaddle. It must be election time. If a concession holder wants to pay something towards their fare, of course they can do so - they just keep their pass in their pocket and buy a ticket occasionally! How much is this unnecessary change of law going to cost? Probably enough to save several hundred bus services. What the bus user needs out of the Government is a return to fair public transport funding, not expensive platitudes.
What twaddle. It must be election time. If a concession holder wants to pay something towards their fare, of course they can do so - they just keep their pass in their pocket and buy a ticket occasionally! How much is this unnecessary change of law going to cost? Probably enough to save several hundred bus services. What the bus user needs out of the Government is a return to fair public transport funding, not expensive platitudes. growthorgreed
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