Changes to rail travel scheme

East Lothian Council

East Lothian Council

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From Sunday, May 18, the Concessionary Rail Travel Scheme will be changed to operate only during off-peak times for National Entitlement Card holders in East Lothian.

The Off-peak periods are between 9.15am – 4.43pm and 6.10pm – end of service, Mondays – Fridays and throughout weekends and Public Holidays.

Councillor Michael Veitch, 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 just 5p 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.

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