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Withdrawing Coach Subsidies for the over 60's.

Submitted on Monday 22nd August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Withdrawing Coach Subsidies for the over 60's.

Additional Information

Later this year the Government intends to withdraw coach subsidies for the over 60's.

Small long distance private coach companies such as Berrys of Taunton will lose a great deal of trade when the subsidy is withdrawn as currenty a large number of their customers are over 60 and will not want to travel once the subsidy goes.

Other firms around the country such as National Express will also suffer in the same way and many smaller ones will go out of business as people leave them in large numbers seeking a cheaper alternatives.

Large number of over 60's use the coaches at present particularly those in rural areas which are not served by trains. Many do not have cars and so these long distance coaches are a lifeline to them.

The Government should make a complete U Turn on this and continue to support these coach companies.

This cut has been on the cards for a long time but it is only recently it has been bought to the attention of the public through the press.

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The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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