Over 10,000 young people in Greenock and Inverclyde to benefit from free bus travel

A total of 10,625 young people in Stuart McMillan MSP’s constituency will benefit from free bus travel to be introduced by the SNP government.

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

Latest figures produced by National Records of Scotland estimate there were 10,625 of people aged between 5 and 18 in the constituency of Greenock and Inverclyde in 2018. This figure increases to 11,451 for the Inverclyde Council area.

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

Commenting, the local SNP MSP said:

“Free bus travel will be an enormous benefit to young people in Inverclyde – 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.”

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