20p Bus Journeys for Kids

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A SUCCESSFUL school holiday scheme to help families with young children get out and about relaunches later this week.

Dundee City Council has once again teamed up with bus operators to offer a 20p fare to children when they travel with an adult fare payer or concession ticket holder.

Launched last year the initiative has seen “significant increases” in the number of bus journeys a day taken by young people compared with previous Easter, summer and October holidays.

Lynne Short convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this scheme to hard pressed families across Dundee.

“The difference that it can make between holidays spent in or near the house and the ability to get out and see the many places of interest we have in the city is significant to the lives of parents and their bairns.

“And it’s not just me saying that. We are only able to bring back the 20p fare with the help of our partners in the bus companies because it has been so successful with loads of people taking the chance to travel at the reduced rate.

“Places like The McManus, Broughty Castle and the Discovery Walk are all free but the bus fares to get to them could add up with two or three children.

“The scheme is part of our commitment to promoting bus use, fairness and improving air quality in the city by pricing services to provide greater value for the real life challenges of the people who use them.”

Covering all journeys in the ABC Dundee ticket zone the scheme is backed by Smarter Choices Smarter Places, the council, Xplore Dundee, Stagecoach and Moffat and Williamson.

Managing Director of Xplore Dundee Christine McGlasson said: “We’re proud to be a part of the Holiday Hop once again, offering this special discounted fare in partnership with Dundee City Council and Stagecoach.

“We want to encourage everyone to consider public transport for their day trips and journeys within Dundee during the summer holidays.  Not only is it good for the environment – it offers great value travel right across our network, which includes all of the city’s major attractions.”

Douglas Robertson, Commercial Director from Stagecoach East Scotland said "We're delighted to be taking part in this promotion again, offering reduced travel for kids during the school holidays. There's no end of things to do and activities around Dundee, and now it's even easier for families to travel by bus and have fun this summer."

Running from Saturday (June 30) to Monday August 13 and again from Saturday October 6 to Sunday October 21 the scheme will allow families to enjoy a day out and discover the city by bus with up to three under 16s per paying adult including those with season tickets and weekly passes travelling for 20p each.

Cllr Short added: “I’m really pleased that the bus operators have committed to the summer and October holidays and I hope that not only will it open up the city to some bairns who might not have got the chance before, it will also create a new generation of confident, self-reliant bus users.”

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