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2,004,709 reasons why free bus journeys are great for Highland young people – Green MSP hails Scottish Government scheme

By Alasdair Fraser

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X99 Stagecoach bus leaving Raigmore. Picture: James Mackenzie.
X99 Stagecoach bus leaving Raigmore. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A Scottish Green MSP has hailed the “transformative” impact of over two million free bus journeys taken by young people in the Highlands.

Since the Scottish Government introduced free bus travel for under 22s in January last year, young people have taken advantage of the offer 2,004,709 times

Ariane Burgess, the Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands, reckons the scheme is a huge success story.

Scotland is the only country in the UK to offer free bus travel for all young people, a move introduced following negotiations between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government.

In total, 700,000 young people across Scotland have been able to take over 100 million free bus journeys.

Ariane Burgess MSP
Ariane Burgess MSP

Ariane Burgess, the Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands & Islands, said: “This can be an expensive time of year for young people and their families, making free bus travel even more vital.

“It will allow young people to visit their family and friends, and is opening up our community and our country. It’s a big boost for our environment, and will be cutting our emissions and reducing the numbers of cars on the road.

“Every free bus journey means more money in people’s pockets, which will be hugely welcome for families who are being hit with bigger bills and extra costs over winter.

“But free bus travel is not just for Christmas, it is supporting families across the Highlands all year round.

“It is one of the proudest and most positive achievements of devolution, and I am delighted that it has been delivered with Scottish Greens in government.

“I want every young person to have the same fantastic benefits and opportunities.

“I am delighted that so many young people have already signed up and encourage all of those who have yet to do so to visit Freebus.scot and register for their card today.”

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