Marie Rimmer MP secures Transport Secretary’s commitment on bus fare affordability for under 18s

MP Marie Rimmer has secured a meeting with the Transport Secretary to discuss the affordability of bus travel for young people in St. Helens South and Whiston.


At transport questions on Thursday (11th June), Marie pressed the Minister to act to ensure under 18s can afford to travel to and from their school, college or workplace by bus.

In response, the Minister gave her assurance saying: “I absolutely agree with her about the importance of bus travel, and we have seen investment in buses. I am more than happy to discuss in greater detail with the hon. Lady some of her concerns about the accessibility to buses.”


Speaking after the session, Marie Rimmer MP commented:


“From September, young people will need to stay in education, work or training until they turn 18. Many rely on buses to get to these places but are struggling to cope with the rising costs and the increased pressure on family budgets.


“We must support our young people as they take the step towards higher education or a career. I’ll continue to work with Merseytravel to get a better deal for local residents and I’m pleased to secure the minister’s commitment to meet with me to discuss this matter further in the coming weeks.”

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