A group of young people from Bolton are calling on local transport companies to bring down the price of bus travel, believing current fares make it challenging for many their age to commute.
They say cost has been identified as a concern by many young people in their community, and hope their campaign will drive the message home.
‘Transport is such a big issue,’ explains 16-year-old Ebony Cropper, who acts as spokesperson for the group.
'There isn't always a set price.
'Young people usually have little money and worry about travel costs.
'We shouldn't be creating these barriers. We should be making it easier to get to job interviews, college, or just to go out and socialise.
‘Buses are a vital part of a young person’s life.’
According to the Campaign for Better Transport, young people use buses more than any other age group, relying on this form of public transport for 15% of their journeys.
The group, who are all members of the Bolton Youth Council, hope to see such changes as a reduced fare for young people in full-time education, and specific bus passes for those their age.
‘Transport companies should start working to make cheaper, fixed prices,’ comments Ebony.
‘More young people will feel more comfortable getting on buses and in turn, it will bring in even more business.’
With Fixers, the group have helped create a poster displaying the hashtag #Price2Change to encourage people to engage with their campaign online.
To enlarge the group's Fixers poster, click on the image below.
‘I want bus companies to work with us and each other to help improve their services for young people,' says Ebony.
'People need to notice price is an issue and see the effort that is going into these changes.
‘The more support, the better.’
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