Bus Services: Young People

Department for Transport written question – answered on 10th February 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps he has taken to encourage more people aged under 25 to travel by bus.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Concessionary travel legislation gives local authorities the flexibility to offer local travel concessions such as free or discounted bus travel to young people, if they choose to do so. Such enhancements are not funded by central Government but from local resources such as Council Tax.

In 2019-20, local authorities in 19 of the 89 Travel Concession Authority (TCAs) areas outside of London offer some form of youth concession, and bus operators in 76 of the 89 TCA areas outside of London offered some form of youth discount.

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