The Welsh Young Persons Discounted Travel (WYPDT) programme will help people aged 16-18 cut the cost of accessing education, training and work, as well as all other journeys.
Bus users are being encouraged to register for the scheme via gov.wales/mytravelpass (English) or llyw.cymru/fyngherdynteithio (Welsh), which will enable them to receive discounted fares on all local services and TrawsCymru journeys throughout Wales.
Mr Skates, the Welsh Labour AM for Clwyd South, said: “This is great news for -16 to 18-year-olds and shows the importance the Welsh Government places on helping young people to access opportunities such as training and employment.
“Travel costs can be a real barrier for young people and sometimes stop them getting a job or gaining the skills they need to find work. This scheme will help change that by making it cheaper and easier for them to get about.
“I would encourage all eligible teenagers in Clwyd South to register.”
Mr Skates added: “This is yet another Welsh Labour policy aimed at helping young people. We’re helping them find work through Jobs Growth Wales and we’re helping them study through the continuation of the Independent Living Fund – which the Tories have axed in England – and capping tuition fees, and now we’re helping them save money on travel.”
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