Free tram jour­neys for the over-60s un­der threat

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Sarah Ward

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.

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