Thursday, May 01, 2014
'My ticket' - all day bus pass for £2 per day for young people
Email from Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel and Labour councillor for Kensington and Fairfield
Please spread the word about a new £2 all-day bus ticket, ‘My Ticket’, which Merseytravel are launching on 1 May. The ticket is available to buy on the majority of buses operating within the Merseyside area for those aged 15 and under and could help reduce travel costs for young people by more than 50 per cent.
In January, we held an event entitled “Fare Deal for Young People”, along with Louise Ellman MP, Chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee, when we pledged to work together with operators to bring down the cost of travel and help remove a potential barrier to education, work and leisure opportunities. After further work with bus operators, the ‘My Ticket’ is the result of this commitment and is the first step forward in getting a fair deal for our young people. According to the Campaign for Better Transport in 2013, young people listed the cost of transport as their number one concern.
We hope that ‘My Ticket’ will make a difference to many young people. A young person at one of our customer forums told us he uses three buses to get to and from school, costing over £6 per day because his mum doesn’t have the money at the beginning of the week to buy a weekly ticket. The £2 ticket will reduce his travel costs and will mean he can meet up with his friends or go to the local youth club in the evening as well.
We would be grateful if you could help us to promote this ticket through your networks. It will no doubt be of interest to those who work with young people, but I’m sure will be of interest to anybody with children and grandchildren within Merseyside.
You can find out more information at http: www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Tickets/Pages/My-Ticket.aspx .
If you would like additional materials, Posters or leaflets, or you require any additional information to promote the ticket, please contact our Young Person Engagement Team on 0151 330 1185