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first_imgThe government’s policy of increasing the retirement age is affecting the viability of some bus services thanks to fewer concessionary pass holders travelling, says one operator.Revised pension ages are affecting bus concessionary revenueHe points out that as people remain employed later, they are more likely to continue commuting by methods other than the bus, before taking advantage of a free pass at retirement. “As there is no fixed age policy for concessionary passes, we are seeing less interest in them from older people.“On one of my routes, the number of passengers travelling on concessionary passes has dropped by 40%. That has had a detrimental effect on revenue for that service that is well into six figures per year.”Another operator points out that, despite generally good weather over the past 12 months, the numbers of concessionary pass holders travelling on his services has also declined. The average age of concessionary travellers also continues to increase, he adds, which makes them more likely not to travel when the weather is poor.One other operator adds that the bus industry must work to develop ideas to promote travel among concessionary pass holders. “There seems to be a loss of interest in the scheme, and we have to do something about that.”last_img read more