New youth bus pass scheme launches

Posted on Tuesday 6th April 2010 at 8:50 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire’s new youth concessions bus pass – ‘Youth Unltd’ – has been officially launched.

South Gloucestershire Council has been working with the Youth Parliament and local schools to promote the new pass giving students discounted bus travel.

This is a flagship scheme to give greater freedom to young people in the district and South Gloucestershire Council has invested £1.2million in it.

The pass provides half adult fare for any single or return journey ticket purchased for travel into or out of South Gloucestershire. It is for those aged 14-18 years old, in full-time education or training and living in South Gloucestershire.

The bus pass can be used all day during local school holidays, on weekends and bank holidays, and after 6pm on weekdays.

Councillor Brian Allinson, executive member for planning, transportation and strategic environment, said: “Designed by young people, for young people, this council-funded scheme will give local young people greater independence to travel around and take part in a wide range of social, leisure and recreational activities thanks to the introduction of half adult price bus fares.”

Councillor Sheila Cook, executive member for children and young people, added: “I want to put on record my thanks to the hard-working South Gloucestershire youngsters, including youth parliament representatives, who have helped to encourage local young people to get involved and help shape the scheme from the beginning. They can be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Alun Williams, headteacher at Brimsham Green School, said: “This innovative scheme will prove to be popular with many of our students. The discounted prices will enable them to enjoy more independence by allowing them to visit friends and travel to and from part-time jobs.”

Peggy Farrington, headteacher at Hanham High School, said: “There has been a lot of interest in this new bus pass from our students. We have been promoting the scheme on the build up to this launch and we are expecting a significant proportion of our students will take up this marvellous offer.”

For anyone interested in finding out more about the pass contact your local school or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/youthunltd to download the application form.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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