New deal from Britain’s largest bus operator follows the Greener Journeys ‘Bus for Jobs’ initiative, which offered free travel to jobseekers in January

Stagecoach has launched the country’s first long-term nationwide discounted bus travel scheme for jobseekers.

The new initiative will give thousands of job seekers across the UK a 50% discount on their bus travel to help them find employment.

Holders of a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card will qualify for half-price single and return tickets on Stagecoach’s 6,500 buses in the UK outside London.

The scheme will initially run for six months with a view to testing the potential for a permanent discount.

Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach chief executive, said: “Youth unemployment is one of the biggest issues facing our country today and we know the bus is Britain’s most important mode of public transport.

“We hope this new initiative can help kick-start careers for those who are struggling to get that first job or training place.”

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “Following a month long commercial trial of BusforJobs which gave free travel to jobseekers in January, I warmly welcome the fact that Stagecoach has decided to continue with a 50% discount to jobseekers.

“I would encourage other operators who took part in the scheme to consider offering similar discounts to help those looking for work to find work.”

More than 800,000 people who are out of work and claiming benefits currently qualify for a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card.

 

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