That's a shame. A sad consequence of the funding reductions. There will be more of this sort of thing to come over the next few years as further cuts are made.
I don't think that concessionary travel should be free, there should be a nominal fee of say 50p paid per journey with the government topping it up.
Or perhaps leave it free, stop all the cuts and pay for it by not sending millions of pounds to other countries and the EU every year. If India can offered to spend billions on putting a rocket into space they don't need the millions we send them.