Monday, November 27, 2006

Another win for pensioners

One measure in the Queen's Speech which has received little attention affects a significant proportion of Darlington residents.

Labour has already given pensioners and other concenssionary travel recipients free off-peak travel within each local authority area (in Darlington, the Labour Council went one better and stumped up for free travel all day).

Now the scheme is going national. Concessionary travellers will be able to go anywhere by bus between 9.30am and 11pm weekdays, and on Bank Holidays. This will cost £250 million a year.

I agree with Secretary of State Douglas Alexander when he said, "The extra £250 million the Government is investing in free bus travel from 2008 will give even more freedom and independence to millions of older and disabled people." Here in Darlington pensioners will be able to travel to all the nearby conurbations free-of-charge.

This represents a genuine transport revolution, which will resonate for generations to come. It's another measure which makes me feel proud to be a member of the Labour Party.

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