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Fare deal on buses.

SIX million pensioners will today be guaranteed cheap bus travel.

Deputy Premier John Prescott is to announce that they'll get free passes entitling them to cut-price tickets.

The pounds 14million scheme is being funded from the Budget.

Moves were already underway to force bus firms to offer half-price fares to the elderly.

But there would have been nothing to stop companies charging for the Prezza passes.

Now the cost of issuing them will be picked up by the Government.

Mr Prescott said: "This is excellent news for pensioners who are mobile and want to get about.

"It will make it a lot easier for them and save them a lot of money".

Ministers believe the move will boost passenger numbers, easing traffic congestion.
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Author:Morris, Nigel
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2000
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