Student prices made available to all young people for Nottingham bus and tram travel
You must be aged between 19 and 21 to qualify
Following the launch of a new scheme, all young people across Nottingham will soon be able to purchase cheaper bus and tram tickets.
Nottinghamshire U22 aims to improve access to travel for work, leisure and study in order to support all young people, reports Gedling Eye.
In order to qualify, you must be aged between 19 and 21 and have proof of a Nottinghamshire address.
Tickets will be available to purchase online, at travel centres, tram stop machines or via operator apps from the 3rd September. Passengers are advised to check their operator before attempting to travel as purchasing option vary by bus or tram company.
Funding for the scheme comes from a grant from central government, which aims to improve bus services across the city region. It was secured from a bid by both Nottingham City and County councils to the Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).
Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We are pleased to offer young people between the ages of 19 and 22 a cheaper way to travel across the county and city.
“The new ticket means that young people will be able to get around by bus and tram for the same price as students, helping them to access employment, education, leisure and many more opportunities for a reduced price.
“We know that not everyone between the ages of 19 and 22 is a student and while the ticket offers for students are great news for those in education, we wanted to widen the offer to everyone between the ages of 19 and 22.
“The initiative is just one of the ways that we’re making improvements to public transport in Nottinghamshire through our Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), and I look forward to hearing about the benefits it will undoubtedly have for young people using it.”
Under 22 products will be available until March 2025, at which point the scheme will be reviewed.
Robin Hood 19-21 season tickets are also available at the same price as the Robin Hood student product. Robin Hood Pay-As-You-Go option will be available later in the autumn.
Councillor Angela Kandola, Nottingham City Council portfolio holder for Transport, said: “Nottingham is a young city, and we want all our young people to be able to access everything this amazing city has to offer. It’s great that students receive subsidised travel while they are studying, but other young people will now benefit from these prices too with Nottinghamshire U22.
“When we were developing our Bus Service Improvement Plan we wanted to think holistically about our transport offer and improving access for young people is a key part of this. It’s a difficult time to be a young person, the pandemic had a major impact on this generation’s access to employment, study and leisure at such a critical time in their lives – improving access to travel opens so many opportunities, whilst also boosting the use of bus services, and I’m proud we’re able to support that.”