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Press Release: Kirsten welcomes free bus travel for young people

Kirsten Oswald, Member of Parliament for East Renfrewshire, has welcomed the opening of the application process for free bus travel for young people, under the age of 22 years old, in East Renfrewshire and across Scotland.


All young people and children aged 5-21 years old in East Renfrewshire can apply for a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC to access the scheme from 31 January 2022.


The scheme builds on the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing free bus travel to all under-19’s in Scotland which started in August 2021.


Kirsten has welcomed the initiative which is set to benefit around 930,000 young people across Scotland and pointed to research from Transport Scotland indicating that 70% of young people would use public transport more frequently if it was free.


The scheme will be delivered in partnership with Transport Scotland, the Improvement Service, the National Entitlement Card Programme Office (NECPO), Young Scot, local authorities, and bus operators.


Kirsten said:


"I am delighted that applications are now open for young people in East Renfrewshire under the age of 22 to apply for free bus travel across Scotland. This is a hugely significant commitment from the Scottish Government that will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people across the country."


"Young people in East Renfrewshire are rightly challenging politicians to take bold actions to create a sustainable future for them and free bus travel is an example of what can be done to rise to this challenge."


"Making bus travel free for under 22's is not only important for helping tackle the climate emergency but it will take pressure off young people's finances and improve their access to education, leisure, and work."


"Whilst we continue to live through the pandemic, we all recognise that essential travel must be prioritised so I want to specifically encourage those children and young people with essential journeys to make to apply now.“


"The SNP Scottish Government is once again making an investment in our young people’s future, supporting them to have the best possible start in life and creating the fairer, greener Scotland that we want to build.”


You can find information about the scheme and how to apply here