Unemployed to get free bus travel

More than 800,000 unemployed people are to get free bus travel in January to help them find jobs.

Claire Haigh CEO at Greener Journeys, holds the Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Those who have been out of work for between three months and a year will be eligible for the Britain-wide scheme, which has been organised by a coalition of transport bodies.

They will need to hold a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card, which already entitles them to half-price journeys.

Arriva, First, Go-Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach are among the operators signed up to the deal, which covers 70% of routes in England, Wales and Scotland.