Concessionary Travel

MCL advises large number of local authorities with the development and operation of their free travel schemes as well as discretionary schemes such as travel vouchers.

In addition to MCL’s ongoing Management Services work in connection with concessionary travel schemes, MCL has been involved in a wide range of consultancy projects in the concessionary travel field.

MCL advises large number of local authorities with the development and operation of their free travel schemes as well as discretionary schemes such as travel vouchers. The advice has ranged from operational matters to the assessment of options and the forecasting of cost and take-up estimates.  This has included the development of reimbursement arrangements and their negotiation with transport operators on behalf of the Travel Concession Authority.

Working with legal partners, MCL has also been involved in dispute resolution between Travel Concession Authorities and Operators, including mediation, appeals and Judicial Review.

Statutory free travel concessions have led us into development of new techniques, for example methods for assessing additional capacity (PVR) costs.  MCL also maintains close contact with the Department for Transport over the methods and techniques they are developing in the context of their formal Guidance issued from time to time.

Beyond the traditional field of concessionary travel, MCL has also developed considerable expertise in youth concessions and other initiatives promoting public transport use by young people.  We have undertaken a number of scoping studies looking at options for County and Unitary Council clients, and we have been pleased to see our work in several areas through to successful implementation, including the Kent “Young Persons’ Travel Pass”, and associated “16+ Travelcard” schemes, which between them provide free travel for over 30,000 young people in Kent.