Youngsters help to drive down cost of bus travel
YOUNG people in the borough have played a vital role in getting the cost of bus travel slashed.
Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet has been a very active member of the wider Greater Manchester Youth Assembly, which enables young people to participate in the Greater Manchester devolution discussions and campaign on issues important to them.
One of their main concerns was the cost of travel for young people across the area.
They took their concerns to GM Mayor Andy Burnham and lobbied him to do something.
It prompted him to promise half price bus travel for 16 to 18 year olds, just in time for the start of the new college term. The new 16-18 card will halve the cost of a day ticket for young people, making it easier to get to education and jobs and leisure activities across Greater Manchester.
Councillor Donna Martin, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This is a great initiative for young people.
It really shows how young people can get their voices heard and are making a positive difference for generations to come.
“They should be very proud of the work they have done on the cost of travel.”
Andy Burnham, added: “One of my key manifesto pledges was to provide free travel to our city region’s young people.
The launch of this product signifies a major step towards realising this ambition so I’m absolutely delighted that it is now available.
“Whether for school, college or training or to spend time with family and friends, it’s now easier – and cheaper – for those aged between 16 and 18, to get around. By reducing the cost of bus travel we are enabling our young people to more easily access work and leisure opportunities, training, education and skills.”
The cards must be applied for at getacard. getmethere.com/home. faces
●●Members of the Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham