Last reviewed 18 November 2021
All under-22s resident in Scotland will have access to free bus travel in the new year, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed, implementing a commitment agreed with the Scottish Green Party.
She highlighted new research, commissioned by Transport Scotland, which shows that 61% of young Scots agree that access to public transport will play a central role in the fight against climate change.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the research also showed that 70% of young people would use public transport more frequently if it was free.
School pupils, students and social media influencers joined the First Minister at Glasgow Caledonian University to mark COP26’s Youth and Empowerment Day on board a new, Scottish-built electric bus as she confirmed the scheme.
The Scottish Government has committed to removing the majority of fossil fuelled buses from public transport by 2023. Transport Scotland has made £50 million available to the Scottish Zero Emission Bus Challenge Fund, to further support the transition of the Scottish bus fleet to zero emission.
The new concession means that around 930,000 young people across Scotland will benefit from free bus travel from 31 January 2022.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We are committed to giving our young people the very best chances to succeed in life. The extension of free bus travel to all under-22s will improve access to education, leisure, and work, while supporting the adoption of sustainable travel behaviours early in their lives.”