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16 to 18-year-olds to get half price bus tickets

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16 to 18-year-olds will soon be able to travel on bus services for half the price in a scheme unveiled by new Mayor Andy Burnham.

The offer has been agreed by the mayor of Greater Manchester and bus operators across the city, with almost 100,000 young people expected to benefit.

Andy Burnham launched the deal at The Manchester College’s Openshaw Campus this morning, after making the promise he would help youngsters during his mayoral campaign.

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Transport for Greater Manchester will continue to offer a 50 per cent discount on fares for children aged 16 and under.

The new ticket and smartcard will be available from September 2017, with applications being accepted from August onwards.

Andy Burnham said:

Throughout the mayoral campaign, I promised to help our young people get on in life, and this is the first step in delivering on that.

We will only build a strong and prosperous Greater Manchester by giving every young person hope at the end of school and help to take up new opportunities.

The cost of travel is a major barrier to young people’s progress and I am determined to remove it. I look forward to working together with bus operators in the future to improve the transport offer in Greater Manchester.

– Andy Burnham

Phil Medlicott, Managing Director at First Manchester, added:

As one of the major bus operators in Greater Manchester we’re pleased to support today’s announcement as we continue to work in partnership to deliver reliable and value for money bus services across the region.”

This news supports our continued aim to ensure that buses are accessible to everyone, which is why we’ve recently launched new initiatives such as allowing parents to purchase mTickets and transfer these onto their child’s mobile phone. We look forward to continuing to work with Transport for Greater Manchester and the Mayor on new initiatives to improve bus travel in the region.

– Phil Medlicott, Managing Director at First Manchester

More details of the scheme are set to be shared with schools and colleges ahead of the summer holidays.