Consultation on changes to the Concessionary Fares Scheme

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


The Department for Infrastructure is seeking views on changes to the Department’s policy on free and discounted fares on public transport under the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme.


Consultation description

The Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme (the Scheme) was established to promote accessible public transport for members of the community who are most at risk of social exclusion. It aims to do so by providing free and discounted fares on public transport for some groups of people.

We are seeking views on changes that we are thinking about making to the Scheme (now and in the future). These changes are aimed at:

  • Reducing the costs of the Scheme so that it can continue to be provided for years to come; and
  • Ensuring the Scheme is targeted at members of the community who are most vulnerable, or liable, to social exclusion.

We would like to understand the impacts that these changes could have on current and future users of the Scheme.

Please respond using Citizen Space via the link below:

Citizen space consultation on free and discounted fares on public transport (concessionary fares)

Responses should be submitted via Citizen Space no later than 5.00 pm on 24 August 2023. Comments received after this deadline will not be accepted.

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NI Concessionary Fares Scheme Consultation

Public Transport Policy Division
Room G23
Clarence Court
10-18 Adelaide Street
  • Telephone: 02890 542977
  • Email:

A summary of the consultation in both British Sign Language (BSL) and Irish Sign language (ISL) is available in the two videos below:

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