Free tram journeys for the over-60s under threat
FREE travel for over-60s on trams in Edinburgh could be scrapped as the city council tries to save cash.
Concessionary tram fares available to over-60s are subsidised by the City of Edinburgh Council, unlike bus fares, whihc are paid for nationally by the Scottish Government.
But the council says it could save £690,000 a year by ending subsidised travel on trams.
The city council is run by SNP and Labour, and it is understood that Labour opposes the plans.
The proposal says: ‘It is proposed the council cease funding. It would be up to Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams/Transport for Edinburgh or potentially the Scottish Government to fund concessionary fares.’
The paper adds that a Government consultation document on the concessionary fare scheme had raised the possibility of include Edinburgh trams and the Glasgow Subway.
The proposed withdrawal of concessionary fares would not take effect until 2021-22.
It is one of several measures suggested by council officials to help bridge the gap between Government funding and the demands on council services.