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More than £900 million spent on free bus passes

More than £900 million was spent on bus travel for pensioners and disabled people in the past year, the Department of Transport has revealed.

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond revealed that local authorities had paid £906 million towards bus travel in a Parliamentary written answer to Tory MP Therese Coffey.

More than £900 million was spent on bus travel for pensioners and disabled people in the past year Credit: PA Wire

The figure, which included both statutory obligations and discretionary schemes run by councils, was paid to bus companies by local authorities during the 2012/13 financial year.

David Cameron pledged to protect pensioner benefits at the last general election, including the free bus pass, but last month social mobility advisor Alan Milburn, the former Labour health secretary, suggested it should be reviewed again.

Father: Number of level crossing deaths is worrying

The father of a girl who died at a level crossing said that work being carried out to make crossings safer is "encouraging".

Father Chris Bazlington

Speaking to Daybreak Chris Bazlington said: "Network Rail still I don't think are there yet, they're doing a lot more than they were before, and that's encouraging.

He added; "These stories which keep coming out are worrying."

Network Rail: Investing £130m in improvements

A Network Rail spokesperson has responded to calls for an inquiry into the way danger is assessed at level crossings.

We recognise that level crossings can be dangerous which is why over the past two years we have closed over 700 and are investing some £130 million in improvements. By early next year we will have made improvements at some 2,500 of the countrys 6,500 crossings and continue a national public awareness campaign to help educate people about their dangers and how to use them correctly.

– Network Rail spokesperson
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