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Lancashire plans for travel concessions for disability helpers scrapped PR1

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Plans to extend Lancashire’s concessionary bus fares scheme to allow disabled passengers to take a helper with them for free have been abandoned.

Currently, pensioners and disabled people can travel for free on buses under the arrangement which has been running since 2008.

Transport chiefs at County Hall were considering extending it from next year, allowing disabled passengers to take someone else on the journey for free as well, but budget pressures as a result of major Government cuts mean the idea has been scrapped.

And councillors also said it was proving difficult to come to an agreement with bus companies to make the scheme work.

It is expected that scrapping the proposal will save the council £130,000 in the next financial year.

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http://www.lep.co.uk/news/traffic-and-transport/disabled_help_scheme_is_driven_off_the_road_1_4208349

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