Budget cuts force child concession fares up


SINGLE child concession bus and tram fares in South Yorkshire will increase by 10p on 18 September 2016, from 70p to 80p.

Young passengers can still make the most of travel savings through the range of value-for-money child and student tickets from bus and tram operators, including weekly tickets that offer unlimited travel across South Yorkshire from 72p per day.

The increase to child concession fares follows a £8.5m (10%) cut to the county’s public transport budget, and reflects resource and financial pressures across the local authorities that fund South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

SYPTE Executive Director, Stephen Edwards, said: “Careful policy planning has helped us achieve the majority of savings internally, protecting most of the public services we provide. However, we have not been able to avoid the impact of cuts completely, and regretfully this means single child fares will increase by 10p. Whilst this is not a route we want to take, our reduced budget has forced difficult decisions.”

Child concession fares and operator child and student tickets are available on production of a MegaTravel Card or 16-18 Student Pass, which proves to bus drivers, tram conductors and ticket sellers that the passenger is entitled to travel at reduced cost on public transport.

For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/childfares