YOUNG PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM FREE BUS TRAVEL

More than 21,000 of young people in Dumfries & Galloway will benefit from free bus travel to be introduced by the Scottish Government.

The new concessionary scheme was set out in the Scottish Government’s budget, which will offer free bus travel to those aged 18 and under.

Latest figures produced by National Records of Scotland estimate there were more than 21,200 people aged between 5 and 18 in the region of Dumfries & Galloway.

The Scottish Government will undertake work on design and due diligence with a view to introducing such a scheme in January 2021.

Commenting, Emma Harper South Scotland MSP said:

“Free bus travel will be an enormous benefit to young people in Dumfries & Galloway – keeping money in their pockets and improving their opportunities to work, study and socialise.

“Alongside the £500 million investment in bus infrastructure previously announced by the Scottish Government, this radical and innovative approach will help deliver a step change in the use of public transport.

“Encouraging the use of public transport is an essential part of our world-leading efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

“Concessionary travel has brought enormous benefits to those aged over 60 and I’m delighted that it will now be extended to young people.”

Scottish Government Figures by local authority:

Aberdeen City
28853
Aberdeenshire
42801
Angus
17452
Argyll and Bute
12018
City of Edinburgh
66579
Clackmannanshire
8031
Dumfries and Galloway
21244
Dundee City
21064
East Ayrshire
18614
East Dunbartonshire
17193
East Lothian
17068
East Renfrewshire
17601
Falkirk
25078
Fife
57144
Glasgow City
84208
Highland
35633
Inverclyde
11451
Midlothian
14682
Moray
14822
Na h-Eileanan Siar
3873
North Ayrshire
20675
North Lanarkshire
56143
Orkney Islands
3219
Perth and Kinross
22498
Renfrewshire
26784
Scottish Borders
17144
Shetland Islands
3768
South Ayrshire
15956
South Lanarkshire
48625
Stirling
14507
West Dunbartonshire
13826
West Lothian
31305

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