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Free Bus Travel For Christmas Shoppers

£2 cap on bus fares introduced

People looking to do their Christmas shopping in Perth and Kinross, will be able to travel by bus for free, every Saturday in the build-up to Christmas.

When traveling on busses operated by Stagecoach East Scotland, Docherty’s Midland Coaches, Elizabeth Yule, Earnside Coaches, and Bay Travel, passengers will be able to avail of free bus travel, within the Perth and Kinross Council area, on the 10th, 17th, and 24th of December.

Convenor of Perth and Kinross Council’s Environment, Infrastructure and Economic Development Committee, Councillor Andrew Parrott, said: “The Cost-of-Living crisis is having a real impact on households, but this will make things a bit easier for people to do their Christmas shopping and support all retailers, restaurants and other traders including our local, independent ones – or to enjoy a day out to sample the festive fare on offer in Perth and Kinross.

“It also means people can leave the car at home, saving money on fuel and parking and helping cut emissions at the same time.

“This is a fantastic initiative supported by Smarter Choices Smarter Places funding secured by the Council. We are working in partnership with local bus companies, who will be reimbursed for the free fares issued on the three Saturdays, to show there are better, more sustainable ways of travel out there than just taking the car.”

People who have free under twenty-two, sixty plus or disabled concessionary bus passes should continue to use their passes as normal on these dates.

Passengers are reminded that the free travel is only available when traveling on busses operated by the mentioned travel companies and that the free fare will only apply if you get on and off the bus in Perth and Kinross.

For more information on the free bus travel, visit https://www.pkc.gov.uk/freesatbus.

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