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Bus Services: Concessions

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on changes in levels of usage of bus services by those on low incomes arising from the (i) national and (ii) local concessionary bus fare schemes. (279708)

[holding answer 16 June 2009]: The Department for Transport has commissioned research from the Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) to review the impact of the national and local concessionary travel schemes on overall usage of bus services. This work is expected to provide some specific information on use by those on low incomes, although this is not the primary focus.

The National Travel Survey (NTS) provides data on bus use by income group, although data are not yet available for the past two years.

The Department for Transport intends to use the ITS work, and NTS data later this year to evaluate whether the current arrangements for reimbursing bus operators are appropriate for the longer term.