Dales transport providers have launched £1 fares for young people on local buses.
The “One Way £1” scheme, set to launch on October 27, aims to provide more independence for social activities as well as better access to work opportunities in the school holidays and weekends. Young people will pay a fare of £1 on both outward and return bus journeys at specified times.
The scheme is available after 5pm on weekdays and at any time at weekends and during all school holidays. Young people will need to have ID with them to prove they are under 19. Where local buses are participating in the scheme, they will have the “One Way £1” logo on the front window.
Full details of the routes and times included are available on the DITA website
Helen Flynn, DITA Chair, said: “Getting young people into the habit of regularly using available public transport will hopefully create the kind of sustainable transport network that we need to develop further – even in rural areas, such as the Dales. Getting the bus can be a social occasion where friends travel together and it is also proven to have health benefits, as it often involves walking to your local bus stop. Also important is the greater independence to young people at school, college and work that bus travel brings. We hope that as many young people as possible start to use the bus more as a result of this scheme.”
A recent report by the Commission for Rural Communities highlighted the transport problems faced by young people in rural areas. It said:
“Public transport is key for many young people in rural areas trying to access education or training. Running a car and insuring it can be a costly alternative.
Yet often public transport availability is inadequate.”
Kate Sewell, Project Leader for DITA added: “It has been a significant achievement to get multi-operator agreement across the Dales. The “One Way £1” scheme builds on the previous success of both the Craven Youth Council and North Yorkshire Youth Council’s “Ride Around for a Pound” scheme that has taken place in Craven and other areas of North Yorkshire during the 2011 and 2012 summer holidays. We are working with North Yorkshire County Council as well as North Yorkshire Youth Council on the “One Way £1” scheme to ensure that young people are engaged and made aware of the trial.”