MATHESON WELCOMES FREE BUS TRAVEL DEAL

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson is welcoming the news that a deal has been sealed between the Scottish Government and bus operators that will
allow the continuation of secured free bus travel for over 60’s and
people with disabilities.

Scottish Government negotiations have concluded and the terms agreed
include an immediate £10 million cash injection through the Bus
Service Operators Grant to provide transitional support for bus
operators in the current difficult financial environment.

Mr Matheson said:

“Against a tough economic backdrop of Westminster cuts this deal,
which secures the future of the national concessionary bus travel
scheme, is great news.

“Securing the future of the national scheme, to help the over 60s and
those with disabilities, was a key priority for the Scottish Government. .

“The Scottish Government’s track record in funding bus travel speaks for itself. We are providing £250 million annually to support a range of schemes and fully intend to allocate this year’s budget, as agreed by the Scottish
Parliament and following consultation with the bus sector, in full.

“This decisive action in to ensure operators are supported fairly in a
tough economic climate helps people get around and helps businesses
deliver a service we can be proud of. The situation is challenging,
but we are confident this new deal will provide enough respite and
some much-needed stability.

“I’m sure all those who benefit in my constituency from the bus pass will welcome the news of its continuation”.