1. ITV Report

Apprentices and trainees to benefit from half price travel in West Midlands

A project to give apprentices and trainees aged 18 or under half price travel in the West Midlands has been launched.

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The move by the region's Combined Authority will see an extra 31,000 young people receive the 50 per cent discount on trams, trains and buses. The deal will now apply to all 105,000 West Midlands youngsters between 16 and 18, 74,000 of which are in full-time education.

The Authority says it will benefit those on apprenticeships or traineeships who currently have to pay the full adult fare. Previously, only those aged between 16 and 18 and in full-time education were eligible for half price travel.

The scheme was launched at the new National College of High Speed Rail in Birmingham by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.

He said:

The West Midlands Combined Authority felt there was a gap in the provision of help with travel for apprentices and trainees, which is why we have made this available. Apprentices tend to be on very low incomes so it's only right they have the same support as people in further education.

– Andy Street - West Midlands Mayor

The scheme will run on a trial basis for 12 months.