Under-21s travel for less in South Yorkshire


Zoom Beyond Travel Pass lets 18-21-year-olds travel on buses and trams all over South Yorkshire for 80p a single journey.

 From Monday 21 June all 18 to 21 years old can enjoy cheaper travel in South Yorkshire with a Zoom Beyond 18-21 Travel Pass.

Applications are free and the pass is valid for up to a year, until 20 June 2022 or the day before the passholder’s 22nd birthday – whichever is sooner. All 18-year-olds who have a 16-18 Travel Pass which is due to expire are being sent a new Zoom Beyond pass automatically.

“I’ve had a travel pass since I was 11”, says Curtis Yip, who lives in Rawmarsh West, Rotherham. “It was almost like a rite of passage. I applied for it because fares can be expensive and the travel pass enables you to travel for less. There’s a bus stop right where I live so it’s very easy to get to the Transport Interchange in Rotherham. From there, I can get buses to go anywhere. I also enjoy the Tram Train, which I take anytime I want to go to Sheffield.”

The extension to the existing travel concession to include over-18s forms part of the Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis’s support package to help young people as the region emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region said: “Local leaders and I took the decision to extend this concession to cover everyone aged 21 and under in South Yorkshire because while the past year has been tough on us all, it’s been particularly tough for young people.

“I’ve promised to do all I can to help our young people. I hope this helps to get everyone where they want to be, whether that’s college, work or even just to see each other after a series of lockdowns.

“I also hope this will help get people back on the buses and support the system as a whole. As government support is reduced we need to make sure we get passenger numbers back up as quickly as possible so we can maintain the financial viability of the network and head off the associated traffic congestion and air pollution that comes from a dependency on cars.”

Zoom Beyond is not attached to any conditions such as being in education or employment and young people can use it to go anywhere within the region. All they need to do is show the pass to the bus driver or tram conductor when paying their fare.

The pass is valid on over 175 routes in South Yorkshire, on local services such as those operated by First, Stagecoach, TM Travel, Powells and Supertram. Applications can be made via travelsouthyorkshire.com/ZoomBeyond.