Just a few comments about the great bus fares debate.
As a 67-year-old pensioner on a modest income, I’ve never felt the need to claim either free bus fares or a discounted rail card, nor have I taken advantage of the many concessions available to retired people these days, such as reduced admission to the cinema, football match, etc.
I rarely get on a bus, but I travel regularly between Carnforth and Lancaster and I feel that the current return fare on the train of £3.60 is very reasonable.
With councils all over the country suffering huge cuts to their budgets, they simply can’t continue to provide free bus fares for eternity.
I believe that most pensioners could well afford to make a small contribution to the cost of their journey.
A payment of 50p or £1 per trip seems reasonable.
This would ease some of the financial burden placed on our cash strapped councils.