The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme will be launched in September 2015, it has been announced today.
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.
In September 2014 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.
Eluned Parrott AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Transport, said:
“Affordable public transport is key to enabling young people to access work, education, training and apprenticeships. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats have 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.
“As always, we see today a Welsh Labour Government trying to claim credit for a policy they have been forced to implement. Let us be in no doubt, this excellent scheme is only becoming a reality because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.”
This Youth Concessionary Bus Fare policy was based on a campaign by the youth wing of the Welsh Lib Dems, Liberal Youth Wales, to secure affordable transport for young people.
Chair of Liberal Youth Wales, Cllr Sam Bennett, added:
“Liberal Youth Wales have been campaigning for fairer fares for young people on public transport and I am delighted that as a result of our influence in budget negotiations, young people across Wales will now benefit from reduced fares when travelling by bus.”