Cheaper bus travel will be on offer to youngsters across Sheffield this summer following a campaign from a band of aspiring politicians.
The Sheffield branch of the UK Youth Parliament is celebrating after successfully lobbying the city’s transport bosses and getting them to reduce the cost of public transport for young people during the school summer holidays.
Thousands of five to 16-year-olds and their parents are expected to benefit from the pilot project, which is offering a citywide day ticket to school-age passengers throughout August at the knock-down price of £2.
Members of the group, which gives young people an official voice on local and national issues, began the campaign after attending the Young People’s Bus Summit earlier in the year.
The event took place in April at Sheffield Town Hall and was held by South Yorkshire Transport Executive held the event to gather ideas from young people about how to make services better for children.
Sheffield UK Youth Parliament member, Samuel Harden, 15, said: “You can’t under-estimate how important public transport is for so many young people .
“It connects us to where we want to be and brings us together with our friends and family, as well as helping us to be independent, reach our goals and achieve more.
“That’s why events such as this where we get to meet bus operators, discuss our issues and come up with some really positive solutions, are invaluable to both young people and to the bus companies.”
David Young, director of customer experience at South Yorkshire Transport Executive, said: “Young people don’t always have the chance to make their voices heard and yet they have a key role to play in helping shape public transport services to meet the needs of current and future customers”.
He added: “Across South Yorkshire the partners involved in public transport have already taken big steps in offering an accessible and attractive public transport offer, through initiatives such as the Sheffield Bus Partnership, the SummerSaver pass and the Barnsley MiCard scheme.”
Among those involved were Sheffield Youth Coun Jenny Binley and Sheffield Youth Parliament members Daniel Smith, Jenny Eells and Sally Scrivener.
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