Plymouth bus ticket 'rip-off' slammed by young people
YOUNG people have branded bus ticket prices a "rip-off".
Two members of Plymouth's Youth Cabinet met with councillors over bus subsidies.
Harry Samuels and Dillon Morris were reporting feedback from the city's first ever young people's Transport Summit, held earlier this week.
"Transport is a high priority issue to people of our age," Dillon told the council's Growth and Prosperity Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
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"Young people told us they often would have to pay up to £5 for a ticket and they felt this was a rip-off."
Harry said people of his age rarely had a disposable income and could spend up to £10 a week on bus tickets – cash they simply did not have.
They felt a through-ticketing system, where customers could pay a one-off charge and use a card on all buses, like the Oyster card scheme in London, would be a good idea.
"Plymouth City Council should use its sway to try to encourage the bus companies to work together," Harry said.
He said this could solve discrepancies between the bus operators such as the ages at which children paid adult fares, with some saying it was 14 and others up to 23 years old.
Plymouth City Council has a budget of £382,000 a year to use on subsidising bus routes – and the panel's job was to best decide how the money is spent.
Adrian Trim, of the council's transport department, said the budget was already fully used, and was likely to be put "under pressure" thanks to rising fuel costs.
The panel has invited representatives from the city's five bus operators, Plymouth Citybus, First Devon and Cornwall, Target Travel, Western Greyhound and Stagecoach Devon, to come to the next meeting, on November 6, along with representatives from passenger forums.