Welsh Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly are pushing for concessionary bus schemes to be introduced for young people, students and part-time workers. The proposals have found some support from the Welsh Government during a debate on the issue initiated by the Welsh Lib Dems.
The proposals call on the Welsh Government to introduce a 'young travellers' rate for 16-18 year olds and students. The party also emphasised the importance of a season ticket for part-time workers. The Welsh Government agreed to support the debate and called on its bus policy advisory group to look at how the government reviews its policy.
Councillor Mike Powell said
"Young people often find it difficult to access education, training or work because of the relatively high cost of transport. We would like to see a scheme which provides concessionary fares for 16 to 18 year olds as well as those in full time education.
"The campaign was started by the Party's youth wing - Liberal Youth Wales - who for some time have been running a campaign on fairer fares for young people. They have done a significant amount of work on this.
Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Transport, and Assembly member for South Wales Central said:
"Part-time workers are at a disadvantage because they face the choice between buying a season ticket that they cannot make full use of, or paying peak time fares each day to get to work. A part-time season ticket will put money back in the pockets of the lowest paid workers and help people to access work and training opportunities."