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Bus travel to school for less

Date: 02/07/2008           Category: Highways Traffic and Parking

Medway Council is making sure children get to school on time, and still have change in their pockets, by rolling out its half-price bus fares for the second year. The scheme is available to all children living in Medway who are studying at school until the end of Year 11. Passes will be issued four weeks after the application form is received. Application forms will be available at: · At all Medway schools with primary of secondary age pupils, · At Libraries, leisure centres, adult education centres and main council offices · Via the council’s website at www.medway.gov.uk · By phoning the council on 331155. An administration fee of £5 will be charged for each credit card-sized, photo ID pass, or for any replacement that might be needed. All applications must include a passport-style photograph. The pass, which last for up to three years, entitle card-holders to single tickets at half the adult fare, or a similar discount on season tickets during the morning rush period. The discounts will apply to any journey that starts in, or near to, the Medway area or any destination in Kent that does not involve a change of bus outside of Medway. Half-price bus fares to and from school for young people under the age of 16 came into effect last September. Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “I urge everyone to get their applications in as soon as possible. This scheme is a major benefit to parents and carers throughout Medway by easing the burden of the cost of their young people getting to school safely and quickly. My message is: don’t delay - do it today.” Portfolio Holder for Front Line Services Cllr Phil Filmer added: “This scheme should make it more attractive for young people to travel to school by bus rather than in their parents or carers’ car. That would reduce congestion and make it easier and safer to travel round Medway - one of our top priorities.” Application forms can be obtained from Medway’s schools, libraries, leisure centres, adult education centres and council contact points, online at www.medway.gov.uk or by calling us 01634 331155.