Wales’ new bus discount pass for 16-18 year olds will help break down barriers to accessing work, training and education, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have said on the day of its launch.
The discount bus pass is a result of the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ recent budget deal with the Welsh Government, and provides a third off bus travel across Wales for all young people aged 16-18 living in Wales.
A total of £14.75m was secured by the Welsh Liberal Democrats for the scheme until 2016-17, which is available to 110,000 16-18 year olds.
Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, said:
“Welsh Liberal Democrats fought for this discount because we know just how hard it is for young people to access work, education or training – particularly in the most rural areas of Wales.
“This pass will make it so much easier for young people in Wales to get around and get ahead, finally breaking down that barrier that stops so many from getting on in life.
“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. No other opposition party in the Assembly can claim such a vast record of delivery since the last election.
“As usual, we see today a Welsh Labour Government trying to claim credit for a policy they have been forced to implement. Let’s be clear: this excellent scheme only exists because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.”