The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme which will be launched in September 2015, will benefit nearly 19,000 young people in the South Wales West region, according to regional Assembly Member, Peter Black.
Mr. Black was responding to the announcement today of the details of the scheme, which will mean that from September, 16, 17 and 18 year olds will 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 Peter Black in September 2014 in which the Welsh Liberal Democrats 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, 8,526 in Swansea, 5,058 in Neath Port Talbot and 5,205 in Bridgend.
Commenting, Peter Black said: "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. Because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, people aged 16-18 will now 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."
£5million has been allocated for the introduction of the scheme in 2015-16, and a further £9.75million in 2016-17.
From today, 16-18 years old will be able to register their interest for the new WYPDT Scheme Card via Gov.wales/mytravelpass (English) or Llyw.cymru/fyngherdynteithio (Welsh). It will enable them to receive discounted fares on all local buses and TrawsCymru journeys throughout Wales from 1September
This Youth Concessionary Bus Fare policy was based on a campaign by the youth wing of the Welsh Lib Dems, IR Cymru, to secure affordable transport for young people.