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Bus fares for £1 or free for children and teenagers on York services

BUS fares for children and young people are being reduced in York, as part of a four-month trial to support families and encourage them to choose sustainable transport

From Sunday (September 3), up to three children accompanied by a fare-paying adult are able to travel for free. Anyone aged from five to 16 will pay no more than £1 for a single fare when travelling unaccompanied by an adult on any bus journey which starts and ends within the City of York boundary.

These fare reductions are being delivered using money from the city’s Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), which is funded by the Government and delivering projects such as fare subsidies and infrastructure improvements. The BSIP will run up to the end of March 2025.

Councillor Pete Kilbane, deputy leader and executive member for economy and transport at City of York Council, said: “From teenagers travelling to sports and after school activities, to parents and children going shopping or visiting friends, everyone aged five to 16 will benefit from this fare reduction.

The discounted fares are available on all local bus services within the City of York boundary, including Park and Ride.

Dedicated school services, coach services, race day shuttle services or tour buses are not included in the offer.

Roads Minister, Richard Holden, said: “People up and down the country deserve a modern, reliable and affordable public transport system. That is why we have provided City of York Council with more than £17 million to boost its bus services.

"Supporting the Council with trialling £1 fares and free travel for five to 16 year olds is fantastic for York’s young residents and families, who will now be able to save money and travel across the city for less.”

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