Consultation on changes to the Concessionary Fares Scheme

Consultation opened on 01 June 2023. Closing date 24 August 2023.


This consultation is now closed. Thank you for taking part.

Between 1 June 2023 and 24 August 2023, the Department for Infrastructure sought views on changes to the Department’s Policy on free and discounted fares on public transport under the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme. The Department has received over 7,000 survey responses to the consultation, as well as submissions in a range of other formats, including feedback received as part of focus group participation.


Consultation description

Next Steps

Now that the consultation has closed, all responses will be analysed and considered along with other available evidence to inform recommendations from our ongoing review of the Scheme. We aim to issue a report on the consultation exercise once responses have been analysed. We will make this report available on the NI Concessionary Fares webpage of the DfI website.

No decisions have been made regarding which, if any, of the options included in the consultation will be taken forward. Any decision to implement the recommendations from the review would normally be taken by a Minister. Should there continue to be an absence of Ministers in the NI Executive once final recommendations are prepared, approval will be considered, taking into account the decision-making framework set out in the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc.) Act 2022 (as amended).

Should a decision be taken to make any changes to the Scheme, these changes will be communicated in advance, on the Department’s website and through our public transport providers.

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