Suffolk youngsters could benefit from modern public transport payment idea
Young people in Suffolk could be set to benefit from discounted travel across Suffolk with the introduction of a new travelcard.
Suffolk County Council’s cabinet is being asked to approve the implementation of a Suffolk-wide smart Travelcard in a bid to remove transport barriers for young people across the county.
Young people aged between 16 and 19 years old will receive a consistent discount to help them access learning, work and training opportunities across Suffolk.
The card will be designed to enable cashless payment on specified public transport services, and will have stored value and online top-up ability. As well as enabling parents and carers to ensure young people can pay for their transport, it will also speed up bus boarding times.
Councillor Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads, transport and planning, said: “Investment into a smart travel card scheme for Suffolk will provide young people with clear discounts for public transport and promote bus travel in Suffolk, while enabling people to be less dependent on their private cars.
“In removing barriers to accessing learning, work and training, the card would make a huge contribution to achieving the aims of the Raising the Bar initiative to raise attainment and aspiration, and to better match skills with future jobs.”
If the idea gets the go-ahead, the planned start for this exciting new scheme will be September 2013, to coincide with the start of the new academic year.
It is also proposed that an additional one-off injection of £100,000 is made to Suffolk ACRE to support continuation of their ‘Kickstart’ scheme; a scooter loan scheme to help young people in rural areas to get to work and college where no public transport is available.
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