MAKE CHEAP RAIL TRAVEL FOR PENSIONERS EASIER SAYS MP
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MAKE CHEAP RAIL TRAVEL FOR PENSIONERS EASIER SAYS MP

A new idea from a local pensioners’ group to allow older people to use their bus pass to buy cheaper train tickets is being supported by local MP, Peter Luff.

Peter explained,

“First Great Western is currently running a trial, on the routes between Worcester & Swindon and between Westbury & Weymouth, allowing pensioners to use their bus passes instead of Senior Railcards to prove their eligibility for cheaper rail travel.

“My constituent Fred Kaler, the Chairman of Evesham & District Older Peoples Forum, approached me saying how he would very much like the trial to be extended to Evesham. Then his members in the Evesham area could take advantage of the fares down to Swindon.”

Phil Talbot, the Chief Executive of Hereford and Worcester Age UK has also contacted Peter outlining his support for this idea. Peter has now written to the Mark Hopwood, Chief Executive of First Great Western, to ask about a possible extension of the trial to include the Evesham area.

Commenting Peter said,

“The idea of using bus passes, as evidence of entitlement to senior railcard discounts, seems like a very good one to me, since senior railcards are available at sixty and bus passes only at the state retirement age. This means that the railway can safely rely on the evidence of the bus pass as an entitlement to discount.

“It could also be of real benefit to the train company who could also see a significant increase in rail travel from elderly people reluctant to spend the £28 on the senior railcard when they already have a bus pass. I think this really is a win – win idea.

“Although the idea came from Evesham, and that’s why I’ve asked about this area first, it’s such an obviously good idea that I hope the response of First Great Western will be a wide extension of the trial at a very early date.”


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