Marie Rimmer, MP for St Helens South and Whiston, has today met with Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP to press the Government to take measures to ensure consistency of affordable bus travel for young people in education or training.
Since September, young people have to be in work-based training or education up to 18years old. Marie states: “Lack of consistency in affordable travel means that many young people crossing regional boundaries are being shackled by adult ticket costs as they strive to continue their education or training.”
Marie urged the Minister to consider the viability of transport providers establishing transferable affordable child fares up to the age of 19 to solve the cross-boundary problems facing our young people in their endeavours in training and education.
Marie outlined to the Minister what has been achieved in Merseyside, that 95 per cent of buses in the Liverpool City Region are providing cheaper fares for all young people up to the day before their 19th birthday.
Speaking after the meeting with the Transport Minister, Marie stated: “For those who are attending training and courses outside the Merseyside concession area, travel costs can be a serious problem.
“For outlying areas of the constituency it can be more convenient or more suitable for students to attend colleges in either Wigan, West Lancs or Widnes and they are impacted by cross-boundary travel. I am grateful to the Minister for taking the time to meet with me to discuss this and I hope the Government will seriously consider taking action to address this inconsistency.”