18 March 2019

Making bus travel free would help the poorest the most, with new analysis showing that 52 per cent of people who take bus journeys have a household income of less than £20,000 per year.

Labour analysis of the latest Scottish transport statistics reveal that 52 per cent of people who have taken a bus journey ‘in the past day’ had an annual income of less than £20,000.

By contrast, the study found only 11 per cent of those who used the bus earned over £40,000.

The party released the analysis ahead of a Holyrood debate on bus travel this coming Wednesday.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“Free bus travel for the over 60s, introduced by the last Labour government, has been one of the finest achievements of the Scottish Parliament.

“That is one reason why Labour wants to establish free bus travel for all, starting with extending the free bus pass to under 25s.

“This move would overwhelmingly benefit the poorest in our society, and make a real difference to the economy.

"Every £1 spent on concessionary bus travel generates almost £3 in benefits to those bus users and to the wider economy.

“That’s why we are bringing a debate on our policy to the Scottish Parliament this week.”


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