BUS chiefs Metro confirmed today that off-peak bus travel throughout West Yorkshire for over 60s and disabled people remains free.
They spoke out after concerns that the concession had ended in the wake of rail and bus fare increases.
But a Metro spokesman said: “This week’s introduction of the half-fare for off-peak rail journeys for English National Concessionary Card-holders, and possibly Nick Clegg’ recent comments about reviewing the scheme, seem to have caused some concerns that free bus travel for the over 60s would be disappearing.
“We can confirm that Metro is continuing to spend £40m per year to pay for free off-peak bus travel for this group through the English National Concessionary Scheme, and will also be spending £½m to subsidise their half-fare train journeys,” he added.
Faced with having to make a further £9m of budget cuts on top of the significant savings already made, the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority took the decision last year to change the 50p rail fare to a half fare. This represents an annual saving of £600,000.
A Blind Person’s Pass still entitles the holder to travel free on West Yorkshire’s buses and trains at any time of day, and on buses throughout the rest of England at off-peak times.