East Lothian holders of the National Entitlement Card are being affected by changes to the Concessionary Rail Travel Scheme.
It will now operate only during off-peak periods between 9.15am–4.43pm and 6.10pm–end of service on Mondays to Fridays and throughout weekends and public holidays.
Councillor Michael Veitch, East Lothian Council’s cabinet member for transport and roads, said: “This change brings East Lothian Council into line with Edinburgh and West Lothian councils and still provides opportunities for NEC card holders to travel at a discounted rate of 50 per cent on rail journeys within the boundary of the former Lothian Region which start or terminate at an East Lothian station.”
The national scheme, which allows visually-impaired NEC card holds to travel free of charge in Scotland, is also further enhanced in East Lothian by allowing the companion of a visually-impaired passenger to travel on rail services for five pence per journey.
Companions to the visually impaired are not covered by the National Scheme.
The changes to the Rail Travel Scheme are expected to result in savings of around £75,000, which will be used to offset the annual overspend of £169,000 on supported bus routes.