The National Concessionary Travel Scheme provides statutory free off peak bus travel for older and disabled people, the cost of which is covered by local transport authorities. Funding the concessionary scheme is a significant and growing part of many local transport authorities’ budgets – even though less use is being made of the scheme.
The amount of money spent on concessionary travel nationally was £1.17 billion in 2016/17.
Change in concessionary journeys and journeys per pass
The number of concessionary trips has declined in the Metropolitan areas but increased in London (where the number of concessionary trips in absolute terms and in terms of number of trips per pass holder is also significantly higher).