Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Time for free joint-up travel

Good to see, finally, that English old-timers are being granted the same benefits afforded to their fellow citizens in the rest of the UK.
But what a lot of nonsense this situation is:
The Department for Transport said each nation will run its own scheme, meaning a Welsh pensioner could not use their pass to travel over the border into England, or vice versa.

So, whilst Northern Irish OAPs can uses their free bus-pass in the Republic they still have to pay full fares in Scotland- that's the kind of real-life anomaly that Unionists should be getting their teeth into.

7 comments:

Hen Ferchetan said...

Glad to see England finally getting the bus passes - although from yesterday's TV coverage you'd never know the rest of the UK already had them!

Someone really should have thought things through better though, until yesterday English pensioners didn't know if they could use the bus pass outside their own county, let alone in one of the other countries!

Kloot said...

Off topic, I apologies, but down in Dublin Bertie is making a press conference in which it is speculated that he is announcing a date for his departure!

Tony gone, Ian Gone and now Bertie

O'Neill said...

Kloot,
Another one bites the dust; it makes you wonder how a few political heavyweights from the past (Charlie Haughey and Lloyd george are two that immediately spirng to mind) would have coped with the prying eyes of today's media. Anyway, worse comes to worse Bertie can always set up an all-Ireland estate agency with Ian Jr;)

O'Neill said...

Hen
Someone really should have thought things through better though, until yesterday English pensioners didn't know if they could use the bus pass outside their own county, let alone in one of the other countries!

I don't think they can use them still outside England, that's the whole point, unless I'm completely misreading the report. Someone was telling me however that it is possible for EU OAPS to travel free in any other country in the EU- so English oldies can get free busrides in Bucharest or Sofia but not in Cardiff, Belfast nor Edinburgh!!!

Hen Ferchetan said...

I doubt whether the EU thing is true to be honest - sounds like make believe.

What I was saying was that there was so much confusion about the English bus passes that no-one made it clear whether a London Pensioner could use their bus pass in Yorshire, let alone Dyfed.

O'Neill said...

I doubt whether the EU thing is true to be honest - sounds like make believe

Little further investigation (I asked my dad!), a number of EU countries operate free public transport for OAPS- and it is extended to all holding an EU passport.

Hen Ferchetan said...

Well then, since the other countries are paying forit, we can;t really complain can we ;-)