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Cheap Bus Fares for Teenagers Extended Across North Yorkshire

Youth Bus Fares 110613

2:30pm 11th June 2013

A pioneering scheme to make transport more accessible for young people is being extended across North Yorkshire.

The “Ride-around-for-£1” scheme was drawn up by North Yorkshire County Council two years ago in response to a petition organised by the Craven District Youth Council and is now spreading throughout the county.

Schemes so far have proved highly successful and have led to a growth of passenger numbers among young people of between 30 and 60 per cent on the previous year.

Last year, the scheme evolved to become “Ride for £1” and was introduced successfully in the Yorkshire Dales and Hambleton and Richmondshire.

In summer 2013 ‘Ride for £1’ will be available on Arriva Yorkshire Services in Selby and on Scarborough & District Services in Scarborough during the school holidays between 27th July to 1st Sept 2013. This means that young people under 19 will be able to travel on participating buses for a flat £1 single fare.

Through the North Yorkshire youth council, young people in North Yorkshire have campaigned for cheaper public transport schemes in a bid to increase their opportunities for visiting friends or for seeking and holding down jobs.

The provision of affordable and efficient public transport remains a key campaign this year of the UK Youth Parliament which represents youth councils nationally. A survey called ‘Make Your Mark’, undertaken by UK Youth Parliament members in North Yorkshire with just over 5000 responses, found that ‘making public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all’ was the number one issue for young people in the county.

Liam Cutler, Chair of North Yorkshire Youth Council, who leads the transport campaign said: "We are all so pleased we have secured two new schemes in Selby and Scarborough. The scheme has come so far since its origins in Craven, and we hope it continues to grow. This has been a tremendous team effort on the part of the youth council, and is a credit to our team of youth councillors. We want to say a big thank you to the county council and the bus companies for allowing this to go ahead, and we are confident we will continue to make these schemes a success!"

 “The ride-around-for-£1 schemes are going from strength to strength”, said County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Passenger Transport, “which is a credit to our young people and youth councils and the bus companies that have become involved so far.

“We hope the extension of this scheme to Scarborough and Selby will give young people some welcome relief throughout the busy summer holiday months. By encouraging young people to use public transport bus companies are building up their customer base for the future and we would like as many as possible to come on board.”

Ride-around-for-£1 promotions so far in North Yorkshire:

•Ride Around for £1 in Craven created in summer 2011 by Craven Youth Council, Craven District Council and North Yorkshire County Council

•Ride Around for £1 summer promotion in 2012 in Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton by North Yorkshire Youth Council and the county council

•One Way £1 in-year promotion from Oct 2012 to Oct 2013 in Craven, Richmondshire and Hambleton by North Yorkshire Youth Council, Dales Integrated Transport Alliance and assistance from North Yorkshire County Council

Information will be updated on the youth councils website http://www.nyyc.co.uk/ride-around-for-1/   tweet us @nyyc_co_uk  or follow us on facebook

Picture showsLiam Cutler, chair of NY Youth Council with Emily Nicholas, UK Youth Parliament member and vice chair of NY Youth Council.

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