Half-fare travel is just the ticket

Chelsey Pitwell, Jordan Pickering, Coun Keith Wakefield and Coun Peter Box at the launch.
Chelsey Pitwell, Jordan Pickering, Coun Keith Wakefield and Coun Peter Box at the launch.
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Thousands of teenagers have been offered a helping hand to find work or training with a discount on bus and rail travel.

A new photocard will give 16 to 18-year-olds half-fare bus and rail travel across West Yorkshire.

The initiative by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is designed to ensure more young people can access jobs, apprenticeships or other training.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority chairman Coun Peter Box said: “Improving young people’s access to apprenticeships, training and good quality jobs is a key part of our ambition to create and support a flexible workforce with skills that meet local employers’ requirements.

“The simple message to 16 to 18-year-olds is that getting a 16 to 18 photocard that enables them to get on the bus or train for half fare will help them access the apprenticeships and training opportunities we’re creating.”

Concessionary fares are already available to 16 to 18-year-olds in full-time education.

The Combined Authority says savings it has made elsewhere will cover the costs of extending the scheme to all people in that age group.