Despite re-assurances by David Cameron, the concessionary travelpasses for elderly and disabled are under serious threat according
to the Local Government Association.
A key promise of the government is that the bus pass is safe but cuts in funding have led to reduced services.
Local transport campaigners are warning that cuts from central government to both operators and local authorities mean that 1/3 of funding for the
concessionary fares has been lost since 2010. Cuts, they say, will cause particular damage in rural areas like East Yorkshire.
Speaking today, Beverley Labour’s George McManus said, ‘The recent announcement that EYMS is to close its Driffield depot should be ringing alarm bells across East Yorkshire. EYMS is a great company but is having to take measures as a result of reduced funding. But EYMS is not to blame.’
Going on he said, ‘In 1997 Labour inherited a situation where 3/4 of our small villages had lost their daily bus service. Communities were isolated. Buses which did run were dilapidated. Massive taxpayer investment turned the situation round and we introduced concessionary travel. Whilst Cameron has promised to protect the bus pass the buses are disappearing. Elderly and disabled will suffer the consequences.”