The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme which was launched this month, will benefit over 5,000 young people in the Bridgend Council area, 8,500 young people in Swansea and over 5,000 in Neath Port Talbot.
The scheme will enable 16, 17 and 18 year olds to receive a one-third discount on all of their journeys by bus, including the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services.
This is the direct result of the budget deal negotiated by the Welsh Liberal Democrats in September 2014 in which we agreed to allow the Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass in exchange for funding for a range of key Welsh Liberal Democrat policies, including almost £15m for a Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme.
The scheme will be available to 110,000 16-18 year olds in Wales, 5,205 in Bridgend, 8,526 in Swansea and 5,058 in Neath Port Talbot.
Welsh Liberal Democrats believe strongly that affordable public transport is key to enabling young people to access work, education, training and apprenticeships.
That is why we fought for a national concessionary scheme for young people aged 16-18, to help those struggling with the cost of transport.
We used our influence in the National Assembly to ensure young people will have their very own bus pass.
This will help people aged 16-18 to have the help they need to travel to allow them to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.
Once again we have shown that a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for Welsh Liberal Democrat polices to be put into practice."
If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 and wish to apply for this pass go to https://mytravelpass.gov.wales/eng/ and register your interest. A colour photograph, a post code confirming you live in Wales and proof of age will ensure a pass is sent to the address you provide.