Local MP Steve Brine is campaigning to secure a better deal for young bus travellers.
The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is working with bus operators and a Member of the Youth Parliament to deliver fairer fares for young people.
A recent meeting with the boss of Bluestar saw the pair make the case for permanent discounts, possibly up to age 19.
Steve has been asked to help by MYP, Seb Ward (pictured), who has made improving transport for young people one of his priorities.
Steve says; "The initial meeting with Bluestar was really useful, they want to help young people with bus travel, probably involving some form of key-card. Andrew Wickham and his team have already been really open to the subject and deserve great credit. We look forward to working with them and any other companies as part of this fair fares campaign."
Seb adds; "The key point is we are paying up to £7.10 return for a journey that would only cost a couple of pounds in petrol. Although the buses are very nice, the service is often anything but. Personally, I have frequently been late into college because a bus hasn't turned up or turned up very late. It's rarely the bus drivers fault, but they should take into consideration the extreme costs.
"The bigger issue is that we are encouraged to use public transport, but the costs of tickets is acting as a deterrent towards this and consequently more people will use a car as soon as they can."
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