Greener Journeys response to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ report, Public Transport for an ageing population

Published on: 23rd October 2015

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, said:

“Buses are a vital lifeline for many older people so it’s important to make sure they are easily accessible, but taking away the bus pass is not the answer.

“Free bus passes generate extensive social and economic benefits, for example by enabling volunteers and carers to support their communities, and allowing older people to visit friends and family.

“Greener Journeys’ research shows that every £1 spent providing free bus passes generates £2.87 of wider social and economic benefits, and withdrawing them would be a damaging backward step.”