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Why do pensioners get free bus travel, but not free train travel?
Sometimes a train journey can be far more economical than catching buses, so why does the senior citizen bus pass only cover bus transportation?

I'm asking because I have a very sweet friend who is about to turn 60...
asked in bus pass, old age, public transport

Aiming4777 answers:

It's because the free bus passes are paid for by the Local Authority (from the Rates income) and they can only set up a scheme with their local buses. Presumably, it would be too complicated for them to agree who should pay for a "cross-boundary" train journey.

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rainchild answers:

From what my sister tells me, the London Underground has no wheelchair or pram access. This might be one of the reasons- health and safety, trying to get all the oldies up the stairs in an emergency, etc? Maybe?

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