Scottish Bus Week is 23 May-29 May.
One of EBUG’s contributions highlights the low take-up of the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel scheme (‘under-22s bus pass’). The scheme started in January, but in Edinburgh, the latest information suggests only about 50% of 5 to 15 year olds have the Pass. This is higher than in many Council areas and the data changes weekly; but when the cost of living is a serious issue for many families and young people, free bus travel is a big help.
Two factors seem to be at work:
- Many eligible people haven’t heard of the scheme
- A demanding and complicated application process
Hopefully applications are now easier with the launch of this website: https://freebus.scot/
AND libraries can now deal with paper applications https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/public-transport/get-replace-nec/1