Bus pass system marks ten years
THE Welsh Government's flagship free bus travel scheme celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
Introduced in 2002, the concessionary bus pass, which is currently used by approximately 700,000 people, allows free travel on registered local bus services at any time of the day for residents of Wales aged 60 and over and to the disabled of any age.
Welsh Government Minister for Transport, Carl Sargeant, said that the scheme has made a great difference throughout the country for the last ten years.
Mr Sargeant said: "The free bus pass scheme has greatly improved the lives of so many people in Wales.
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"This popular scheme reflects not only the Welsh Government commitment to encouraging sustainable transport but also our commitment to tackling poverty by enabling people to get out and about without having to worry about cost.
"The free bus pass is a model of best practice in how it was developed through a real partnership between the Welsh Government, local authorities and the bus industry.
"I look forward to seeing the scheme go from strength to strength."
Since its introduction, it is estimated that over 400 million journeys have been taken by concessionary fare holders in Wales.