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Public Transport: Concessions

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for research to be carried out on the way concessionary travel is administered; who has been commissioned to undertake the research; what methodology will be followed by the researchers; and whom they intend to consult. (229073)

The Department for Transport has commissioned WS Atkins and the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) in Leeds university to carry out research into concessionary fares reimbursement. This work should be completed by the end of 2009. The research will explore the latest evidence on the number of extra trips generated by the free national scheme, the revenue foregone by bus operators and the additional costs. The researchers will work closely with bus operators and local authorities, other stakeholders and academics.