Teens get half-price bus ticket


TEENAGERS aged 16 to 18 will soon be able to travel on bus ser­vices for half-price in a scheme un­veiled by Greater Manchester’s new mayor.

The of­fer has been agreed by Andy Burn­ham and bus op­er­a­tors across Manchester – with al­most 100,000 young peo­ple ex­pected to ben­e­fit.

Mr Burn­ham launched the deal at The Manchester Col­lege’s Open­shaw Cam­pus yes­ter­day morn­ing, af­ter mak­ing the prom­ise he would help young­sters dur­ing his may­oral cam­paign.

It is hoped the fare re­duc­tion will make it eas­ier for teenagers to ac­cess more work op­por­tu­ni­ties, train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and skills.

Young­sters wish­ing to take up the of­fer will be re­quired to ap­ply for a per­son­alised 16-18 ‘Get me there’ smart­card, is­sued by Trans­port for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

The smart­card will al­low teenagers to pur­chase a new ju­nior day ticket when trav­el­ling by bus.

El­i­gi­bil­ity to use the tick­ets will run up to Au­gust 31, fol­low­ing the user’s 18th birth­day. TfGM will con­tinue to of­fer a 50 per cent dis­count on fares for chil­dren aged 16 and un­der. The new ticket and smart­card will be avail­able from Septem­ber, with ap­plica- tions be­ing ac­cepted from Au­gust on­wards.

Mr Burn­ham said: “Through­out the may­oral cam­paign, I promised to help our young peo­ple get on in life, and this is the first step in de­liv­er­ing on that.

“We will only build a strong and pros­per­ous Greater Manchester by giv­ing ev­ery young per­son hope at the end of school and help to take up new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The cost of travel is a ma­jor bar­rier to young peo­ple’s progress and I am de­ter­mined to re­move it. I look for­ward to work­ing to­gether with bus op­er­a­tors in the fu­ture to im­prove the trans­port of­fer in Greater Manchester.”

Phil Medli­cott, man­ag­ing direc­tor at First Manchester, said: “As one of the ma­jor bus op­er­a­tors in Greater Manchester we’re pleased to sup­port this an­nounce­ment as we con­tinue to work in part­ner­ship to de­liver re­li­able and value-for-money bus ser­vices across the re­gion.

“This news sup­ports our con­tin­ued aim to en­sure that buses are ac­ces­si­ble to every­one.”

More de­tails of the scheme are set to be shared with schools and col­leges ahead of the sum­mer hol­i­days.

Andy Burn­ham with stu­dents from the Manchester Col­lege as he lauched the half price bus ticket scheme for 16 to 18-year-olds.

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