20 Jan 2016
Millions of young people across the UK are to benefit from a national offer from Stagecoach, Britain’s biggest bus operator, which will help cut the cost of travel.
For five weeks, from 23 January, all of Stagecoach’s bus business across the country will offer a day ticket – which provides unlimited travel within the local area – for just £2 to passengers aged under 19.
It is hoped that the discounted tickets will help to further reduce the cost of travel for young people and their families at what can be a difficult time of year financially. Running until 29 February, Stagecoach hopes it will also encourage as many young people as possible to use its bus network which delivers affordable, reliable and high quality services for millions of customers in Britain every single day.
Discounts of up to 58%** are available compared to current day ticket prices and the new price builds on the existing offers Stagecoach has in place for millions of young people across the UK.
In particular, young people who use bus services to travel to job interviews, appointments and part-time employment will benefit from the latest cut-price offer.
Stagecoach UK Bus Managing Director Robert Montgomery said:"This is great news for young bus users across the country. Buses are crucial in connecting young people and in particular helping them to access education and employment opportunities and to get to social events.
“We know family budgets can often be stretched following the Christmas holidays so we are pleased to be able to help people make their money go further by reducing the cost of travel.
“Across the UK, our bus companies already provide very good value discounts for children, students and young people. This promotion makes taking the bus even better value for money and we hope lots of young people will take advantage of the offer.”
The tickets will be available to purchase on board the bus.
Bus travel is the most popular mode of transport used by Britain’s commuters, with 5.2 billion bus journeys in the UK each year. Stagecoach has three times been independently assessed as offering the lowest fares of any major bus operator in the UK.
The company has invested more than £630million over the past eight years in hundreds of new buses and coaches for local communities. Stagecoach is also making a multi-million pound investment in new technology. The company recently launched a new, fully mobile, UK Bus website which lets customers check live running times for their services and buy travel from their smartphone.
Stagecoach also previously launched the country’s first long-term nationwide discount for jobseekers, giving those with a JobCentre Plus travel card a 50% discount on their bus travel to help them find employment. The offer has been taken up by over 350,000 job seekers since it was launched in 2012. The scheme is funded entirely on a commercial basis by Stagecoach without any public sector support.
Notes to Editors:
*Specific local terms and conditions will apply and may differ between Stagecoach regional bus companies. **Discounts at each Stagecoach regional company will differ depending on the current price of a Dayrider ticket in that area