Poverty activists say public transport must become more affordable in Scotland as they call for free bus travel for all under 25s and beneficiaries
The Poverty Alliance has been commissioned to review the public transport system by Transport Scotland
The report recommends extending free bus travel to all under 25s and those receiving low-income benefits.
In March, the Scottish government announced that everyone under 22 will benefit from free bus travel.
Research based on focus groups with low-income families has revealed that the cost of public transport is often prohibitive and causes social isolation.
Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance, said: “These results corroborate what communities have been telling us for many years; that too many families in Scotland are locked into difficulties because of our transport system.
“In the just and compassionate society in which we all want to live, our public services should help ensure a decent life for everyone.
“Yet, as this report makes clear, today our transportation system is tightening rather than loosening the grip of poverty.”
Transport Minister Graeme Dey welcomed the report.
He said: “The results of this research underscore the urgent need for us to develop actions to address the interrelated challenges of public transport availability and accessibility on a specific and targeted basis.
“We are already working to introduce the necessary legal changes to extend free bus travel to all people under the age of 22.
“Building on this, I will ensure that more attention is paid to issues related to the availability of public transport services, and I look forward to working with the Poverty Alliance to advance the results of this. research. “