Young­sters help to drive down cost of bus travel

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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.”

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●●Mem­bers of the Rochdale Bor­ough Youth Cabi­net with Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham

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