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Concessionary tram travel in Nottingham stays in place for at least another year

Concessionary passholders in Nottinghamshire will be able to continue to use their passes on the tram in 2024/25.

Following a consultation held to gather views on whether changes should be made to the scheme.

3,872 people responded to the consultation, with 92% of respondents stating that no changes should be made to the scheme, which currently offers free travel on the tram to disabled, elderly and companion passholders between 9:30 am and 11pm on weekdays.

As a Travel Concession Authority (TCA), the county council has a legal duty to provide free travel on local bus services for holders of a valid English National Concessionary Travel Pass, and this is funded by the Government.

Tram travel does not fall under the Government’s scheme, but the county council funds the estimated 1.14 million journeys on the tram made by 154,000 passholders each year at a cost of £900,000.

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The scheme will now continue throughout 2024/25 before concessionary travel powers are handed to the new East Midlands Combined Authority, after which any decisions on the future of concessionary travel will be made by the East Midlands Mayor.

Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our consultation on whether any changes should be made to the tram concessionary scheme ran from November 2023 to early January 2024.

“Access to transport is just one of the ways we hope to achieve a healthy, prosperous and greener future for Nottinghamshire residents, and so alongside our statutory duty, we also currently support passholders by offering extra entitlements such as free tram travel for concessionary passholders.

“It is great that so many people, including 2,479 passholders, had their say as part of the consultation and we have listened to the overwhelming view that has come out of the consultation that no changes should be made to the scheme.

“I am pleased to confirm that no changes will be made to the scheme for 2024/25 and after this point on 31 March 2025 it’s intended that concessionary powers as the Travel Concession Authority will be transferred to the East Midlands Combined Authority.”

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