YOUNG PEOPLE PASSIONATE ABOUT WEST YORKSHIRE TRANSPORT SAYS YOUTH COUNCIL
“Transport is one of the top issues young people are most passionate about” is what the Leeds Youth Council told Bus18 leaders when they met at Leeds Civic Hall last Thursday.
Reliability, affordability and incentivising bus travel were the main areas of discussion between the Youth Council working group, made up of 30 local 10 to 18-year olds, and Bus18, a partnership between the county’s three major bus companies, First West Yorkshire, Arriva Yorkshire and Transdev Blazefield and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
One of Bus18’s main aims is to make bus services across the region more attractive and accessible for young people and Thursday’s meeting followed a collaboration earlier in the year that saw the Youth Council and other West Yorkshire young people’s groups develop the new MyDay ticket. Over 150 under 19-year olds helped develop the new ticket, launched in July, which enables young people to travel all day, on any bus in West Yorkshire for just £2.60.
Other Bus18 achievements to date include relaxing the rules around young people travelling in school uniform having to show a half-fare pass, introducing the new MyDay ticket for people aged Under 19 and putting plans in motion to review the need for under 16-year olds to apply for a photocard.
Other points discussed at Thursday’s meeting included making it easier for young people to understand routes and fares, and to make sure bus drivers across West Yorkshire could advise young customers on what the best value tickets were. They were also eager for more education in school about how to use the bus and what discounted tickets were available to them.
Thomas Schofield, Chair of the Leeds Youth Council working group, said: “This meeting proved that young people in Leeds are passionate about public transport and it’s hopefully another step forward towards a better transport system for all”
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the transport committee at West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “By forging relationships with the Youth Council and other groups across West Yorkshire, Bus18 is in a really strong position to build upon the positive start we’ve already made in introducing changes that truly matter to young people.”
“We’re very grateful for their honesty, it’s great to hear from customers direct and so valuable in helping shape our future plans.”
For more information visit www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/bus18