Over 40,000 passengers using concession scheme

Over 40,000 people in Dumfries and Galloway use concessionary bus fares, figures released this week show.

The research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICE) shows that 37,908 people over the age of 60 and 2,738 disabled people benefit from the scheme.

Last week it was announced that a deal had been struck between Transport Scotland and the bus industry that will see £414 million invested over the next two years to ensure that the scheme continues to benefit over 60s, injured service veterans and people with disabilities.

SNP MSP Aileen McLeod, said: “Concessionary bus travel gives people who might otherwise be restricted a greater sense of independence and helps them remain in contact with their friends and family.

“Funding for the scheme has increased every year since its introduction and with the scheme helping older people, disabled people – and now injured armed services veterans too – to make almost 147 million journeys last year, it is vital it continues.”