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31,305 OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN WEST LOTHIAN TO BENEFIT FROM FREE BUS TRAVEL

31,305 OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN WEST LOTHIAN TO BENEFIT FROM FREE BUS TRAVEL

Published date : 02 March, 2020

 

The new concessionary scheme was set out in the Scottish Government’s budget, which will give free bus travel to those aged 18 and under.

 

Latest figures produced by National Records of Scotland estimate there were 15,183 of people aged between 5 and 18 in Almond Valley in 2018.

 

The Scottish Government will undertake work on design and due diligence with a view to introducing such a scheme in January 2021.

 

Commenting, Angela Constance MSP said:

 

“Free bus travel will be an enormous benefit to young people in West Lothian – keeping money in their pockets and improving their opportunities to work, study and socialise.

 

“Alongside the £500 million investment in bus infrastructure previously announced by the Scottish Government, this radical and innovative approach will help deliver a step change in the use of public transport.

 

“Encouraging the use of public transport is an essential part of our world-leading efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

 

“Concessionary travel has brought enormous benefits to those aged over 60 and I’m delighted that it will now be extended to young people.”

ENDS

 

Estimated population by Scottish Parliament constituency, mid-2018, aged 5-18 (inclusive)

 

Aberdeen Central

8434

Aberdeen Donside

11375

Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

11779

Aberdeenshire East

13041

Aberdeenshire West

13013

Airdrie and Shotts

11616

Almond Valley

15183

Angus North and Mearns

11100

Angus South

11084

Argyll and Bute

8260

Ayr

10425

Banffshire and Buchan Coast

11556

Caithness, Sutherland and Ross

10348

Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley

11357

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane

11127

Clydebank and Milngavie

11486

Clydesdale

11111

Coatbridge and Chryston

12155

Cowdenbeath

11437

Cumbernauld and Kilsyth

10580

Cunninghame North

9926

Cunninghame South

10749

Dumbarton

10972

Dumfriesshire

10725

Dundee City East

10203

Dundee City West

10861

Dunfermline

12550

East Kilbride

11706

East Lothian

13157

Eastwood

13758

Edinburgh Central

8146

Edinburgh Eastern

12199

Edinburgh Northern and Leith

10294

Edinburgh Pentlands

12660

Edinburgh Southern

9703

Edinburgh Western

13577

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire

9513

Falkirk East

12507

Falkirk West

12571

Galloway and West Dumfries

10519

Glasgow Anniesland

11355

Glasgow Cathcart

10205

Glasgow Kelvin

7252

Glasgow Maryhill and Springburn

10751

Glasgow Pollok

13266

Glasgow Provan

11433

Glasgow Shettleston

10786

Glasgow Southside

9160

Greenock and Inverclyde

10625

Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse

11455

Inverness and Nairn

13833

Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley

12788

Kirkcaldy

12299

Linlithgow

16122

Mid Fife and Glenrothes

10929

Midlothian North and Musselburgh

13624

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale

12600

Moray

12546

Motherwell and Wishaw

12373

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

3873

North East Fife

9929

Orkney Islands

3219

Paisley

10364

Perthshire North

9827

Perthshire South and Kinross-shire

12671

Renfrewshire North and West

10157

Renfrewshire South

10932

Rutherglen

11830

Shetland Islands

3768

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch

11452

Stirling

11411

Strathkelvin and Bearsden

12319

Uddingston and Bellshill

11942

 

 


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