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Time to cough up old folk.

REGARDING the report "We can't afford free bus passes" (Evening Chronicle, Nov 29), the provision of free travel for pensioners is totally unrealistic in the present economic climate.

It would not break the bank for pensioners to pay an annual fee of, say, PS25 (ie 50p a week approximately) similar to the Metro Gold Card.

The present free pass system is grossly unfair on those of working age, especially the unemployed, who are faced with ever-increasing astronomical fares.

If cuts in bus services are threatened, as stated in the report, then surely what is 50p per week? Scrap free travel for pensioners and charge them an annual fee.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2012
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