Party’s manifesto promises to work towards two-thirds discount for those aged 16-21

 

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg pictured in June 2013 with teenagers on board a bus in London

 

The Liberal Democrats would work to introduce a new Young Person’s Discount Card, offering young people aged 16-21 a two-thirds discount on bus travel.

The pledge, which is contained in the party’s 2015 manifesto would be fulfilled “as resources allow”. It is intended to prevent bus service cuts as well as benefit young people.

“This will assist all bus users by helping maintain the viability of existing bus routes and making it easier to open new ones,” the manifesto states.

The price of bus fares for young people is an issue that Lib Dems raised during the last parliament, and comparisons have been made with the free travel enjoyed by pensioners, introduced in England, Scotland and Wales between 2002 and 2006.

Satisfaction with the value for money offered by bus fares is lower among younger people. The Autumn 2014 Bus Passenger Survey, published by consumer watchdog Transport Focus, shows wide variations in satisfaction with value for money among those aged 16-34.

At Edinburgh’s Lothian Buses, almost four-fifths (79%) were satisfied, followed by Stagecoach in Manchester (73%) and Merseyside (72%). However, seven out of the 47 companies for which data was available achieved a value for money rating of less than 50%, with Arriva in Medway scoring just 40%.

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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