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BUS TICKET TALKS BACK ON TRACK

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Districts in Cambridgeshire have agreed to collaborate on a countywide concessionary bus fares scheme for elderly p...
Districts in Cambridgeshire have agreed to collaborate on a countywide concessionary bus fares scheme for elderly people, after a previous attempt descended into a row between leaders (LGC, 15 June).

The Treasury has allocated variable amounts to each of the five councils, with some unable to afford the scheme and others over-provided. This could see pensioner passengers having to pay fares when they make a journey that crosses a council boundary, unless a solution is found.

Previous discussions stalled last month after Fenland DC leader Geoffrey Harper (Con) complained that Cambridge City Council leader Ian Nimmo-Smith (Lib Dem) had made 'patronising remarks' about the Fens.

However, the leaders have now agreed to work together.

East Cambridgeshire DC executive director of finance Alex Colyer said: 'The government's miscalculations over grant funding has made the scheme difficult to achieve.'
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