End of the line for rail travel concessions

Councillor Craig R. Martin.
Councillor Craig R. Martin.

A concessionary rail scheme which gives discounted train travel to qualifying Falkirk Council residents has ended.

The Rail Concession Scheme, which allowed half-fare travel to people aged 60 or over and disabled people, stopped on April 1 following a decision by Falkirk Council.

Councillor Craig Martin, spokesman for the environment, said: “We are facing tough financial decisions and need to make £35 million of savings.

“The removal of this scheme will not be popular but given the scale of savings being made, this could help preserve other vital services.

“There are alternative railcards available for anyone who will be affected by the withdrawal, as well as free bus travel for those who are entitled to it.”

If you are 60 or over, you can get a one third discount with a senior or disabled person card.