Pupils’ travel pass ex­ten­sion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Update -

Chil­dren who have a KCC travel pass to get to and from school will now be able to use it at other times on ser­vices run in Kent by op­er­a­tor Stage­coach.

It will be ac­cepted for travel in the evenings after 7pm and at week­ends and dur­ing school hol­i­days.

The pass costs £280 but KCC, which runs the scheme, has over re­cent years re­stricted its use in such a way that it has ef­fec­tively be­come a school pass.

There has been crit­i­cism of the price hike over the years but KCC in­sists the pass still rep­re­sents good value for money and heav­ily sub­sidises jour­neys.

Bus op­er­a­tor Stage­coach will now ac­cept the pass for the ex­tra travel times right up un­til the end of next Au­gust.

Philip Nor­well, Stage­coach South East man­ag­ing direc­tor, said: “This means that stu­dents can stay late at school, or meet friends in the evening or at the week­end. They can travel any­where on our buses in east Kent through­out the school hol­i­days at no cost to the stu­dent nor the coun­cil. We think that this enc ourages young peo­ple to use buses and is wel­comed by all.”

Pupils will still need to scan their pass as they board the bus.

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