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New bus initiative introduced for 20-25 year olds in Herts

Credit: Hertfordshire County Council.

Hertfordshire County Council has set up a new bus scheme for 20-25 year olds.

The SaverCard Plus programme which launched earlier this week (Monday), offers half-price fares on local bus services in the county.

Costing as little as £20 a year, the initial outlay of the card would be covered by purchasing 14 single bus tickets.

This figure is based on the average price of single and return journey tickets, against the adult fare.

For several years, Hertfordshire County Council has operated a half-price bus travel initiative for 11-19 year olds.

The County Council hopes the new SaverCard Plus scheme will provide young people with easier access to employment, education, retail and leisure facilities throughout Hertfordshire.

Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We want to encourage young people to use the buses instead of driving cars, and providing cheaper bus tickets through the Hertfordshire SaverCard Plus scheme is a key part of our strategy to encourage this change in behaviour.

“We’ve had great success with the SaverCard scheme for 11-19 year olds, and we know that the pandemic has impacted 20-25 year olds across the country the most, so we are hoping that this new scheme will not only aid in the economic recovery of the county, but also help individuals get access to employment and education.

“As well as giving young people more independence, increased bus travel helps reduce congestion and improves air quality, which will in turn contribute to our efforts to make Hertfordshire a cleaner, greener and healthier county.”

The SaverCard Plus scheme will run over the next 2-3 years.

Plans are in place to secure further funding from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Bus Service Improvement Fund.

The Hertfordshire SaverCard currently costs £20 a year when bought online, or £25 if you apply by post. 

To apply for the SaverCard Plus scheme, and for terms and conditions visit:

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/savercard

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