Bus18 introduces new measures to help young bus users

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Bus18, a partnership between First West Yorkshire, Arriva Yorkshire, Transdev Blazefield and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has introduced measures to make it easier for young people to access cheaper fares.

One issue which the partnership has seen cropping up repeatedly following consultations with young people is the need to prove their age to be able to save money on their bus fare.

Now, from January, anyone wearing school uniform now automatically qualifies for half fare, and there’s no longer a requirement to show a pass to qualify.

Additionally, Bus18 has removed the need for under 16-year-olds to apply for a photocard. This change will take effect at the beginning of next year and make discounted bus travel more accessible.

Jon Croxford, Area Managing Director for Arriva Yorkshire and Bus18 leader, said: “We’re forging relationships with youth groups across West Yorkshire, listening to their concerns and understanding exactly what areas they consider to be the top priorities in transport.

“This is helping us shape the future of bus travel across our region. We’ve introduced a whole raft of improvements since Bus18’s inception and we’re in a really strong position to continue to make changes that truly matter to young people.”