Knowsley Older People's Voice

Coach Travel Blow

Travelling by coach is set to become more expensive for thousands of pensioners and disabled people across the country. This follows a little-publicised decision by the Government to end concessionary coach travel on 31st October 2011.

The National Express Concessionary Fares Scheme currently provides up to half price travel for over 60 year olds and disabled people through Government funding.

Coach travel serves as a vital link for thousands of pensioners and disabled people who are likely to be isolated and alone without their concessionary travel. This means that those who use coach travel as their only means of going on holiday or seeing relatives will have this option taken away from them.

Maria Eagle, sildenafil case who is local MP for Halewood and the Shadow Transport Secretary said, healing cialis sale   “For the pensioner who uses a coach for their once-a-year holiday trip, sick or the disabled person who has no other means of getting around, losing concessionary coach travel could greatly reduce their quality of life.
“This cut to coach services comes on top of reductions in bus services thanks to the Tory-led Government’s decision to cut the transport budget too far and too fast.”

National Express is meanwhile looking to introduce a replacement scheme, but without the government funding it is not possible to make discounts as high and the cost of travel will increase for travellers.

National Express is also encouraging older passengers to write to, or email, their local MP to encourage them to raise your concern with the Department for Transport. They have produced a letter template that you may want to use which can be downloaded here. Concessionary Coach Letter

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