The Welsh Liberal Democrats’ Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme for 16, 17 and 18 year olds will be launched in September 2015, it has been announced today at the same time as new T3 buses linking Llangollen and Corwen to Barmouth are launched – a route saved by local campaigners.
From September nearly 3,500 young people in Denbighshire will receive a one-third discount on all of their journeys by bus, including the TrawsCymru network of longer-distance services.
In September 2014 the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to allow the Welsh Government’s annual budget to pass in exchange for funding for a range of key Welsh Liberal Democrat policies, including almost £15m for a Young Person’s Concessionary Bus Fare scheme. The scheme will be available to 112,000 16-18 year olds in Wales.
North Wales’ Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Aled Roberts said: “We used our influence in the National Assembly to ensure young people will have their very own bus pass.
"Because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, people aged 16-18 will now have the help they need to take advantage of work and training opportunities on offer.
“In North Wales 24,363 16-18 year olds will be able to travel using discounted fares. Once again we have shown that a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for Lib Dem polices to be put into practice.
“As always, we see today a Welsh Labour Government trying to claim credit for a policy they have been forced to implement.
"Let us be in no doubt, this excellent scheme is only becoming a reality because of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.”
He added: “I would also like to welcome the new T3 buses – a route that was only saved as result of local campaigners collecting signatures for an Assembly petition when Arriva Buses had proposed that it be cut – a campaign that was supported by myself.”