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Public Transport: Concessions

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend the national concessionary fare scheme to community transport services. (176942)

Those community transport services operated under section 22 of the Transport Act 1985 which are fully available to the public will be eligible. The inclusion of all community transport services would have to be fully funded and careful consideration would have to be given to the impacts on the sector and rural bus services. The Government have a strong track record in extending concessionary travel. However its current priority is to focus on the successful implementation of the national concession in 2008. Local authorities will retain the flexibility to include community transport in their local schemes to reflect local needs and circumstances.