Youngsters up to 18 can get free travel at all times

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Cut-price bus travel for youngsters has been extended to all times.

The Medway Youth Pass now applies to all young people travelling on any local bus service at all times, up to the end of the academic year after their 18th birthday.

The service has been running for a number of years, although before now, only applicable for specific times of the day.

The journeys must start in Medway and can be to any destination in Medway or Kent, as long as any changes of bus are in Medway, so the pass will give young people access to all the area’s cultural, educational and sporting events.

Medway Council’s portfolio holder for frontline services, Phil Filmer, said: “We extended the half price scheme to include all young people up to the age of 18 back in 2009. Now this further initiative will provide even more freedom of choice, and help young people to travel affordably and safely around Medway at all times.”

To qualify pass holders must live in Medway. The pass is not valid on the subsidised yellow buses run by the council or with companies that already offer a child fare for students.

Application forms for the Medway Youth Pass are available from all Medway schools, Strood, Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham libraries, the council offices at Gun Wharf and the Customer First contact points. Young people or their parents will need to complete and sign the form and return it to the Student Services Operations Team, Medway Council, Children and Adults, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR. Applicants will need to attach a passport-sized photograph and there is a £5.50 administration fee.

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