Concessionary bus travel in Surrey: Consultation
Key points –
· Consider removing the county council’s extra funding for free bus travel for disabled people before 9.30am and after 11pm on weekdays and no longer providing a free pass for a companion.
· Bus travel would still be free for those eligible between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and all day at weekends and on public holidays in line with the national scheme.
· Only around 2% of journeys by disabled pass holders in Surrey are made outside the times for the national scheme.
· Surrey is one of a few areas of the country still providing both the extra benefits and the proposed changes would bring the county into line with most other areas.
· The proposed changes and other efficiencies would save around £400,000 a year.
Mr Hodge said: “On concessionary bus fares, Surrey has been providing benefits over and above the national scheme for many years. We are one of a few areas in the country still offering bus users both the additional concessions covered in the consultation. Only around two per cent of journeys under the scheme are made before 9.30 in the morning and these changes and other efficiencies would save around four hundred thousand pounds a year.”