Public Transport fares across South Yorkshire are expected to be reduced for under 21s from June 21st.
The plans for cheaper fares in South Yorkshire coincide with the new plans unveiled by the Prime Minister today, concerning the public transport sector.
Bus and tram fares in South Yorkshire will be set at just 80p per journey for all residents under the age of 21, a policy that originally only included students under 18.
Transport bosses within the Sheffield City Region said the pandemic had placed a “disproportionate impact” on young people in South Yorkshire.
The policy will aim to strengthen the youths opportunities across South Yorkshire, and will also support the region’s net-zero carbon ambitions.
The new policy will be implemented on June 21st and will last for about a year, before being discussed again.
Fiona Boden, assistant director for policy at Sheffield City Region, said: “Accordingly, the introduction of this one-year extended concession should coincide with the end of social distancing restrictions in the summer.”
She hopes it will also encourage a boost in the local economy.
The news of this policy preceded Boris Johnsons public transport plans that were unveiled today.
The government proposed that they will be putting 3 billion pounds into the bus sector, to attain cheaper, greener and more frequent buses outside of just London.
Mr Johnson said: “As we build back from the pandemic, better buses will be one of our first acts of levelling-up.”
The Department for Transport said that they will aim to integrate bus and train services, and have pledged to stop the sale of diesel buses, in the hopes of promoting electric buses.
South Yorkshire has previously been renowned for having famously low bus fares.
In the 80s and 90s, adults could ride across the county for as little as 7p.
Documents show the new policy in South Yorkshire will cost around £6.7 million to the mayoral combined authority.
This will be funded from gain share funding from Government and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) resources.