The government is being asked to provide free travel on the Glasgow Subway to young people.

Next year from February 1, every resident in Scotland aged 21 and under will get free travel on buses.

They will use a National Entitlement Card, including a Young Scot card to be allowed on for free like the over 60s.

SPT, which runs the Subway, backed by the council’s transport convenor are asking Transport Scotland to extend the scheme to include Subway travel in Glasgow.

Transport bosses in Glasgow are looking at the potential impact free bus travel will have on the Subway.

People aged under 22 make up almost 20 of all Subway passengers on the Glasgow system.

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Around two million journeys a year are made by people aged under 22 and there is a concern that many will move to the bus, costing the Subway in lost ticket income.

Anna Richardson, Glasgow City Council Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Regeneration and Sustainability, said: “SPT is engaged in ongoing dialogue with Edinburgh Trams and Transport Scotland regarding the potential impacts on Subway patronage and revenue as a result of free bus travel for under 22s.

“SPT and Transport for Edinburgh have written to Transport Scotland requesting that Subway and Edinburgh Trams are included in the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme, or that funding is otherwise provided to enable free or discounted Subway and Tram travel to be provided for under 22s.”

She is asking councillors on the City Administration Committee to instruct the Councils Chief Executive Annemarie O’Donnell, to write to Transport Scotland in support of the SPT request that the free bus travel scheme for Under 22s is extended to the Glasgow Subway.