Cheaper travel for 16-18 year olds in West Yorkshire from November
All 16 to 18 year olds in West Yorkshire will be able to travel by train and bus for half-fare from November 2015. The change is part of plans by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to help young people in their apprenticeships and training.
At the moment, 16-18 year olds in West Yorkshire can only get cheaper travel if they’re still in full time further education. The new reductions will help young people as they start out in work and/or training.
At first, 16 to 18 year olds will need to apply for the new Concessionary MCard smartcards at Bus Station Travel Centres, online applications will available in 2016.
This new extension is part of the WYCA’s wellbeing powers, which give them the chance to make more regional decisions.
WYCA Chair, Cllr Peter Box said: “The Combined Authority is committed to helping our City Region’s businesses to offer apprenticeships, creating jobs and developing training that meets local employers’ needs and extending concessionary travel will help ensure young people are able to take advantage of these opportunities.
“Wellbeing powers enable us to take actions which will promote and improve the economic conditions of area, which certainly covers this move to improving young people’s ability to take up apprenticeships, training and job opportunities through cheaper travel.”
More details about the scheme will be released over the next few months. In the meantime, if you’re interested in knowing more about West Yorkshire Combined Authority, visit their website.
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