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Just the ticket: New 16-18 discounted travel card launched

06 September 2017

Youth Cabinet with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet play vital role in getting discounted travel card on the road.

Rochdale Borough Youth Cabinet has been a very active member of the wider Greater Manchester Youth Assembly which enables young people to participate in the Greater Manchester devolution discussions and campaign on issues important to them.

Transport costs for young people across Greater Manchester is one of the issues Rochdale's Youth Cabinet has been pressing Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on and after listening to their concerns he has now promised 16-18 year olds half-price bus travel costs and the project has now become live, just in time for the start of the new college term.

The new 16-18 card will halve the cost of a day ticket for young people, making it easier to get to education and jobs, or even leisure activities across Greater Manchester.

'They should be proud of the work they've done on the cost of travel'

Councillor Donna Martin, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "This is a great initiative for young people. It really shows how young people can get their voices heard and are making a positive difference for generations to come. They should be very proud of the work they have done on the cost of travel."

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: "One of my key manifesto pledges was to provide free travel to our city region's young people. The launch of this product signifies a major step towards realising this ambition so I'm absolutely delighted that it is now available.

"Whether for school, college or training or to spend time with family and friends, it's now easier – and cheaper – for those aged between 16 and 18, to get around. By reducing the cost of bus travel we are enabling our young people to more easily access work and leisure opportunities, training, education and skills."

You must apply for the card and you can do so on Get Me There.