The company is launching an experimental discounted fare for one year in collaboration with the UK Department For Transport (DfT). The scheme has been introduced by Rail Minister Norman Baker as an annual Senior Railcard, priced at £28 per person.
Mark Hopwood, the managing director for First Great Western, said, ‘First Great Western is privileged to provide services to some of the country’s leading destinations and our branch lines to Worcester and Weymouth are symbolic of that.
We are delighted to be able to take part in this trial, which should help improve access for senior citizens and people with disabilities to the services that we offer.’
Passengers who will be eligible for the fares will be able to claim them on off-peak travel between Worcester and Swindon via Stroud, and between Westbury and Weymouth.
UK rail minister, Norman Baker, said, ‘This is great news for bus pass holders and hopefully they will take full advantage of the discounts on offer through this innovative scheme.
Everybody is feeling the squeeze at the moment and this trial will help older and disabled people save money while travelling on these two important railway lines.
The railways are not only a crucial part of our country’s economic growth but they also provide a valuable link for families and friends. I am confident this scheme will help bolster those links and provide real benefits to those who need it most.’