Pupils’ travel pass extension
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.