Free bus travel campaign stepped up

A new marketing campaign has been launched to encourage further uptake of free bus travel for under 22s.

Mark Dowie
Friday, 23rd September 2022, 2:30pm
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With more than 21 million free journeys having been made since January this year, the Scottish Government has launched the new marketing campaign as around half of those eligible are benefitting from the scheme

Along with its partners, it will now promote the initiative more widely. Across TV, digital, radio and outdoor channels, the new campaign will promote the benefits of free bus travel to those that may not have considered choosing a bus before.

Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Transport, said: “As outlined in the Programme for Government, I’m pleased we are continuing to promote free bus travel for under 22s.

“With over 21 million free bus journeys made by under 22s across Scotland, this landmark policy is already helping young people and families with children cut costs for everyday and leisure travel, while at the same time protecting our climate.

“With the majority of eligible young people now having access to free bus travel all across Scotland, for local journeys and trips further afield, now is the time to begin a new campaign aimed at those who may not have considered using the bus before.

“Free bus travel helps with transport affordability, it helps our young people access education and leisure destinations – all while helping us meet our net zero targets by encouraging a shift away from cars.”

Kirsten Urquhart, chief executive of Young Scot, said that the scheme has multiple benefits for young people

She said: “Nationwide bus travel for under 22 year-olds not only supports young people to make travel choices that benefit them and their pockets - even more pertinent in the emerging cost crisis - but provides a way for them to experience new places, access a wider range of opportunities, and have fun.

“Hearing from so many young people about the benefits of using the Young Scot National Entitlement Card to make free journeys is uplifting and I hope this new campaign will continue to encourage more under 22s to sign up.”

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