Elderly and disabled coach users face a price hike because of the Government’s spending cuts, coach group National Express has warned.
In an email to passengers, Managing Director Andrew Cleaves warns that “the cost of travel will increase” after Ministers withdrew funding for a half price coach ticket scheme.
Government funding will end on October 31st as part of the coalition’s austerity drive.
Cleaves said the company was “looking to introduce a replacement scheme” but indicated the discounts available would not be as generous as those under the current scheme.
National Express says it is pressing ministers to reconsider the decision to cut funding.
The company is urging passengers to join its lobbying by completing a standard letter which is available to download here.
In his letter Cleaves writes: “From your letters and emails, we know that many of you rely on the half price fares. Some have also expressed concern that without it, they may not be able to travel.
“If you share these concerns, perhaps you could write to, or email, your local MP to encourage them to raise your concern with the Department for Transport.”