Tuesday 4 March 2014
Dorset strikes over / Devon cuts pass validity
The series of strikes that have affected First in Dorset are over. The company and union have reached a compromise, reports BBC News.
The validity of pensioners' free passes is to be cut back on some routes in Devon. The Express & Echo reports that the county council has decided to stop accepting the passes for travel on certain routes that it supports. One of the routes this affects is the PR3 Exeter Park & Ride service, which doubles up as one of the main ways of accessing the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Pensioners are still insulated from the real cost of their travel however as on that route at least, they will be entitled to a special return fare of just £1.20 - at the taxpayers' and full-farepayers' expense of course. This could be just the start: if national government won't reform how the unaffordable passes are funded, councils and bus operators will have no option but to gradually reduce their validity in order to make ends meet.