Free fare deal
PUBLISHED: 13:01 25 August 2006 | UPDATED: 19:47 01 June 2010
PENSIONERS in Fenland will be able to travel anywhere in Cambridgeshire for free after the concessionary fares deadlock was broken. We are absolutely delighted, said a Fenland District Council spokesman. We have been at the forefront of this campaign
PENSIONERS in Fenland will be able to travel anywhere in Cambridgeshire for free after the concessionary fares deadlock was broken.
"We are absolutely delighted," said a Fenland District Council spokesman.
"We have been at the forefront of this campaign and have been solidly behind getting a county-wide scheme introduced."
Transport chiefs from across Cambridgeshire have joined forces to scrap the ill-thought-out Government bus pass scheme and replace it with a much fairer system.
The highly-criticised current scheme has meant people aged 60 or over, as well as those with disabilities, could travel free only in their own district.
Now county, district and city council chiefs as well as bus operators in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have hammered out a deal to deliver a free countywide scheme, allowing eligible passengers to cross district and city boundaries in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for free.
The new arrangements should be in place by the end of September. The county council says it will fund any shortfall.