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16-18 year olds in Greater Manchester to get free bus travel

Young people can register for the travel cards from today. Credit: ITV News

Young people aged 16 to 18 will be able to travel for free by bus across Greater Manchester from September.

The "Our Pass" travel card for teenagers is being launched by the region's Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham.

He said it could save young people and their families more than £500 a year.

26%
of 16-18 year olds who use the bus as primary mode of transport (estimated)
£10
admin fee to apply for the pass
Credit: ITV News

Mr Burnham said: "I hope that Our Pass will change the lives of young people across Greater Manchester. For too long they have been Westminster's target for cuts and negative publicity. In Greater Manchester we are using devolution to make young people our priority for investment."

Our Pass is designed to send everyone growing up here a simple message - we believe in you and want you to have high ambitions for where you can go and what you can achieve.

This amazing place is yours to explore, to shape and to build for the future

– Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Metro Mayor

Sports firm JD is sponsoring the two-year pilot programme which will also offer a range of sport, culture and leisure opportunities such as free tickets for Halle concerts at the Bridgewater Hall.

Applications for Our Pass - which includes a one-off administration fee of £10 - are available from Monday.

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