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No point offering free transport if buses aren't there - Crowe

9 August, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport and Social Affairs Seán Crowe TD today welcomed the government’s announcement to abolish rush-hour restrictions on the free-travel scheme for pensioners and those with a disability.

Deputy Crowe said, “As someone who has constantly argued for the Minister for Social and Family Affairs to grant free travel during both off- and on-peak hours to all beneficiaries of an Irish pension, I welcome today’s announcement. After initial hesitancy on the issue the Minister eventually assured me that he would look into the proposal.

“While I welcome this move, the reality is that this will be of no real gain to the many without private cars that live in areas with inadequate public transport, especially those living in isolated and rural areas. 

“To make this free-travel scheme work there needs to be the corresponding investment in public transport links and infrastructure. There is no point offering free transport if the buses aren’t there. Without the adequate provision of public transport people are being marginalised as they struggle to go about their daily lives.” Críoch

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