Over 20,000 16
to 18 year olds living in West Yorkshire are now entitled to half fare bus and
train travel across the county with the new 16-18 PhotoCard.
& Get On’ is the theme of the campaign promoting the new West Yorkshire
Combined Authority scheme introduced to help more young people access
apprenticeship and training places and employment opportunities.
To get the new PhotoCard, 16 to 18 year olds will initially be asked to apply at Bus Station
Travel Centres. There is a one-off charge of £5 to cover the cost of the card.
They will then be sent their new card a few days later.
Launching the new 16-18 PhotoCard, West
Yorkshire Combined Authority Chair, Cllr Peter Box said: “Improving
young people’s access to apprenticeships, training and good quality jobs is a
key part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s ambition to create and
support a flexible workforce with skills that meet local employers’
message to 16 to 18 year-olds and their families is that getting a 16-18 PhotoCard that
enables them to get on the bus or train for half fare will help them
access the apprenticeships and training opportunities we’re creating. And those
opportunities lead to getting the good quality jobs we want to see resulting
from ongoing growth in the City Region’s economy."
Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair, Cllr Keith Wakefield
Yorkshire Combined Authority already spends around £55m each year providing
concessionary travel for 300,000 young, senior and disabled people.
half fare to a further 22,000 16-18 year-olds across the county means we
can help address the financial constraints they face and make it possible to
connect them with educational and vocational opportunities for their future.
“As the poster
says, they can literally get one and get on.”
Chair, Roger Marsh OBE said: “Through the
LEP’s apprenticeship programme we have supported over 2,000 young people to
take up an apprenticeship across the region. The new 16-18 card will help
remove barriers for young people looking to embark on new apprenticeship and
employment opportunities and helps open the door to access good quality, skilled
jobs in the future.
businesses to take on an apprentice is a key priority outlined in the joint LEP
and Combined Authority Skills Plan, to support business and economic growth and
provide excellent career opportunities for young people. I hope this
concessionary travel will encourage more young people to explore the benefits
of earning and learning simultaneously.”
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can get their new card from the Travel Centre at Bradford Interchange and
Castleford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract and
Wakefield bus stations. They need to provide proof of identity and age such as
a passport or birth certificate, proof they live in West Yorkshire such as a
bank statement and the £5 fee. They also need a recent colour, passport-type
photograph of themselves but most Bus Station Travel Centres have a webcam and
will be able to take the photo when processing the application.
Details can be
found on Metro website (opens in new window).
applications will be rolled out in 2016 but the West Yorkshire Combined
Authority, which coordinates the county’s transport, did not want to delay the
scheme’s benefits by waiting for the technology to be in place.