Thousands of youngsters in Barnsley are enjoying free travel and swimming in the borough thanks to the new MiCard.
The Barnsley MiCard scheme is the first of its kind outside of London, allowing the town’s under-18s to benefit from free travel on public transport within the borough, free swimming at Barnsley premier Leisure swimming pools, and access to local libraries.
The card was introduced using new powers conferred on South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority (SYITA) – the first time any Integrated Transport Authority in the country had used these powers.
Over 11,000 have applied for the card, funded by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, which saves parents and children money, and opens up opportunities for social and leisure activities.
SYITA Chairman Coun Mick Jameson said: "I am delighted with how popular MiCard has been. Not only does it enable young people in Barnsley to make the most of the fantastic facilities available to them, it also encourages them to lead active, healthy lifestyles and reduce their carbon footprint. It is vital to communicate to our younger generation just how important this is."
SYPTE Director General David Brown added: "We are pleased that the MiCard has taken off so well. Not only does it encourage more young people to use the bus, it helps to ensure that they will remain bus users in the future when they are not so young."
Cardholders can use their bus pass between 9am and 9pm on weekdays, and all day at weekends.
Following the launch of MiCard more kids are using Barnsley Interchange, which was recently awarded Secure Station accreditation in a national scheme designed to determine the safest stations in the country. Staff plan to work to maintain this prestigious reputation.
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Photo caption: Left to right, SYITA Chairman Councillor Mick Jameson and SYPTE Director General David Brown.