Young persons’ bus ticket age range extended

Published on: Monday, 20-July-2015

Merseytravel is trailblazing nationally by extending the age range of its special young persons’ bus ticket up to, and including, the age of 18. It follows Merseytravel Committee members approving plans to take the MyTicket age eligibility from five to 15 to five to 18 at the committee meeting on 24th June.

MyTicket, which was introduced in May 2014, allows unlimited all-day travel across the Merseyside bus network. In the first year, 1.3 million tickets were sold and around 4 million journeys made. The latest plans follow feedback from young people who feel they have limited access to leisure, training and other opportunities because they have to pay adult fares for public transport once they hit 16 - unless they are eligible for student discounts if they are in full-time education. This has been reinforced by comments from Local Authorities and the education and employment sector, who feel that the cost of travel is a barrier to some young people being able to progress. It is also now a requirement for young people up to the age of 18 to be in education or work-based training.

At the Merseytravel Committee, Members also approved plans to extend supported bus fares for children and young people to the age of 18 and agreed in principle to extend some pre-paid young people’s products to age 18 and under, in early autumn. Commercial operators Arriva and Stagecoach have also confirmed they are planning to raise the age limit on its young people’s products up to and including the age of 18 and will reduce the cash fares for young people too.

Cllr Andy Moorhead, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “It is great that we have secured more affordable bus travel for our young people. High bus fares can be a real barrier to work and other opportunities, so this is very welcome progress.”