A discounted bus travel scheme for young people in Wales will be extended next month.
The MyTravelPass, which offers a one-third discounted offer, has been available for those aged between 16 to 18 since the launch of a Welsh Government pilot scheme in 2015.
It allows all 16, 17 and 18 year-olds with discounted bus fares for any journey within Wales.
However on Monday Transport Secretary Ken Skates announced that the scheme is not only secured until 2020, but will also cover residents up to the age of 21. The extension should take effect from early December 2018.
Existing MyTravelPass holders who have a 16 to 18 years pass, and who wish to take-up this offer need not do anything now, but should reapply shortly before their existing pass expiries.
Commenting on the changes, Transport Secretary Ken Skates said: “I’m pleased to announce that following the consultation exercise I undertook last year and talks with the bus industry we have been able to increase the upper age for discounted bus travel from 18 to 21 years.
“I would like to thank the bus industry for agreeing to this improvement. We appreciate their co-operation, as although the Welsh Government pays, their participation is voluntary.
“We will continue negotiations with our bus industry partners during 2019 to identify any further enhancements, potentially involving some of the key issues raised during the consultation we might jointly achieve.
“Today’s enhancement of the MyTravelPass scheme will not only help young people in training or apprenticeships, and during the transition into work, but will hopefully also encourage more to use the bus for more of their journeys. This way, they will be helping to tackle congestion and air quality in our towns and cities.
The MyTravelPass scheme was originally established as part of a budget deal between the Welsh Government and the Welsh Liberal Democrats during the last assembly term.
To keep in touch with the date from which applications may be made, visit www.mytravelpass.gov.wales or call 0300 200 22 33.
*Pictured – the launch of the scheme in 2015