Bus and tram fares for under 21s set at 80p across South Yorkshire

Bus and tram fares for young people in South Yorkshire will be set at 80 pence a journey and this will now extend to those up to the age of 21.

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 6:00 am
U21s will pay 80p for a single fare for the next year
U21s will pay 80p for a single fare for the next year

Transport bosses within the Sheffield City Region said the pandemic had placed a ‘disproportionate impact’ on young people in South Yorkshire’s and ‘additional targeted, time sensitive support’ is being proposed during the recovery period.

The policy will come into force on June 21, 2011 and will run for a year. It is likely to be discussed at a later stage to see if it can run past the initial 12 months.

Documents show the policy will cost around £6.7 million to the mayoral combined authority and this will be funded from gainshare funding from Government and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) resources.

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Transport bosses said the policy will aim to strengthen the ability of younger people to access and connect to jobs and training opportunities and increase the numbers of under 21s using public transport.

The policy will also aim to support the region’s net zero carbon ambitions and ‘accelerate the re-opening of the economy’ by encouraging more people to travel into town and city centres to access services and other leisure and hospitality venues.

Fiona Boden, assistant director for policy at Sheffield City Region, said: “It is proposed to extend the existing 11-18 year old young persons’ concession through to include all those age 21 and under, entitling them to pay an 80 pence single fare, operating for a year.

“Accordingly, the introduction of this one year extended concession should coincide with the end of social distancing restrictions in the summer; subject to the successful completion of the design and implementation steps, working in conjunction with partners, including operators.

“It is estimated that the cost of introducing the concession from the 21st June until the June 2022 will be in the region of £6.7m to the MCA, which will be funded from gainshare and SYPTE revenue resources.”

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