Natalie Don MSP has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that all under 22s in Renfrewshire and across Scotland can access free bus travel from 31 January 2022.

The MSP for Renfrewshire North and West says the move will eradicate cost barriers for young people as well as helping tackle the climate emergency by reducing carbon emissions – especially as the Scottish Government has committed to removing the majority of fossil fuelled buses from public transport by 2023.

Natalie Don MSP said: “I welcome the SNP Government’s extension of free bus travel to all under 22s in Renfrewshire and across Scotland as it will reduce inequalities and improve young people’s options for travelling to their studies, work or to meet up with friends and families.

“Increasing the use of sustainable transport is vital if we are to reach our world leading goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2045 and I look forward to seeing local children and young people travelling for free on more zero-carbon electric buses around Renfrewshire as Scotland takes another step towards building a fairer, greener transport system.” 

Young people aged between 5-21 will be able to use buses for free by showing a National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC.