Local bus operator Stagecoach North East is reminding all young people under 19 across the North East to get on board with their VIP tickets to save money on bus travel.
For young people, making the most of their money is all too important, with studying, shopping and socialising all high on the agenda. With a VIP ID card, young people from the ages of 5 to 18 are free to hop on board any Stagecoach bus and buy discounted tickets, valid for travel anywhere across Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley as often as they like.
Importantly, the deal is not just limited to students; anyone aged 18 years and under can apply for a VIP ID card and now the Nexus Under 16 Pop card, Network One Young Persons ID card and Arriva Teen card are also accepted as valid forms of ID when purchasing VIP tickets on board.
For customers who hold the existing 2016/2017 VIP ID card, which is valid to 31 August 2017, there is a grace period of one month, which will enable the young bus user to continue to buy discounted tickets until 30 September 2017. However, new VIP cards are available now and forms can be downloaded online at www.stagecoachbus.com/north-east/vip-tickets
The scheme, which brings much valued independence and freedom from parents and family, means young passengers can travel around Newcastle, South Shields, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Teesside from as little as £1.13 a day from now until 31 August 2018. Stagecoach has also introduced a new £1 single fare in Tyne and Wear, available to buy from 3 September 2017 and the VIP ticket now includes the new X24 express service between Newcastle and Sunderland.
The VIP cards have proved very successful in the past and Stagecoach North East has promoted the scheme throughout the north east through a digital and social media campaign, as well as outdoor advertising and direct mail, to ensure young people do not miss out.
Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East said: “We are aware that finances are stretched when you are young and that making the most of your education, work or busy personal life can sometimes be difficult. The VIP scheme is here to help young people, and their parents, save money and travel cheaply, quickly and safely, whether it be travelling to school, college, work or socially.”
Young people can use their VIP ID to buy VIP tickets for unlimited travel on any Stagecoach North East service - including buses in Teesside, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle and South Shields - as many times as they wish for just £2.40 a day or £8.20 a week. Additionally, they can buy 28 day VIP tickets online for £31.50.