CAMPAIGNERS have criticised Portsmouth City Council’s decision to stop handing out travel tokens to the disabled.
The move, which comes into force next year, will affect around 3,000 vulnerable residents in the Portsmouth area who use them to get around by taxi or other means of transport except a bus.
While they’re still entitled to a free bus pass, many are claiming that isn’t good enough because services aren’t frequent enough and they don’t live close to a bus stop.
As previously reported, it’s part of the local authority’s decision to save £10m across all its services next year.
The allocation of travel tokens was part of the council’s traffic and transport portfolio, and removing it will save £148,500.
Muriel Deacon, president of the Portsmouth Pensioners’ Association, which campaigns for the rights of the elderly, said she felt devastated for those who will be affected.