16 July 2010
Responding to the proposal that the age for eligibility for the free bus pass scheme could be increased, Campaign for Better Transport Executive Director, Stephen Joseph, said:
"Free bus passes have helped millions of older people retain their independence, but they can't be considered in isolation. There is a real risk that harsh cuts in general bus funding will mean that pensioners will have passes but no buses on which to use them.
"The Government must protect bus services so that everyone, no matter what their age, has access to reliable, affordable public transport."
Notes to Editors:
Buses: provide low-cost, low-carbon transport links to work, education, health, leisure, shopping. They are the safest, greenest and most used form of public transport, with 5 billion passenger journeys a year, and are vital for the 25% of Britons who don’t have a car. They are also most heavily used by the lowest income groups, households on incomes under £10,000 (Source: Passenger Focus/TAS, 2008)
Campaign for Better Transport research (Smarter Cuts: Making the right cuts in transport spending) showed which transport cuts would be less harmful.