Half-price bus travel in Manchester for 16-18 year olds

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A scheme being run by Greater Manchester Travelcards Ltd (GMTL), who represent all bus companies in the Manchester area, will see nearly 100,000 young people benefit from half-price bus travel across Manchester.

In order to take advantage of the deal, young people will need to get an Anybus 1-Day Travelcard, available from all bus drivers.

The deal was first announced in June by Mayor Andy Burnham, who had promised free travel for young people in his manifesto.

Speaking at Manchester College, Mr Burnham said: “One of my key manifesto pledges was to provide free travel to our city region’s young people.
“The launch of this product signifies a major step towards realising this ambition so I’m absolutely delighted that it is now available.

“Whether for school, college or training or to spend time with family and friends, it’s now easier – and cheaper – for those aged between 16 and 18, to get around.”

Trevor Roberts, Chairman of GMTL, the industry body which manages multi-operator and multi-modal ticketing in Greater Manchester, said they had worked hard with industry partners to make the product available with the hope it will encourage young people to use public transport.