Transport Committee’s findings on bus services
Published on 10 August 2011 02:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK welcomes the Transport Committee's finding on bus services:
'We are delighted with the findings of the Transport Committee and welcome their call for concessionary passes on community transport as well as public buses.
'However there is little point in having a free pass if there are insufficient buses to use. Cuts in local authority subsidies to keep bus routes open will have a huge impact on older people. Free local bus travel is a lifeline for many older and disabled people who use it to get to the GP or hospital appointment, to go shopping and visit friends. Cutting bus routes leads many to lose their only independent access to transport. Those living in the countryside will be doubly disadvantaged because poor bus provision in rural areas already causes isolation.'
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