Young people in Midlothian set to benefit from free bus travel

Every young person under the age of 22 in Midlothian will benefit from free bus travel from January 31 after an announcement by the Scottish Government.

By Kevin Quinn
Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 9:29 am
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The announcement was made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and meets a key manifesto pledge by the SNP in the May elections.

This will mean that young people in Midlothian will have their opportunities to learn, work and travel opened up by the scheme.

Research from Transport Scotland has revealed that 70 per cent of young people would use the bus more often if it was free.

Commenting on the news, SNP MSP for Midlothian South, Christine Grahame, said: “Once again this is a demonstration of how the SNP Scottish Government continues to support young people in Midlothian and across Scotland have the best possible start in life.”

She added: “The SNP Scottish Government is once again making an investment in our young people’s future. By making bus travel free for under 22s in Midlothian and across Scotland, opportunities for young people to work, travel and study are being opened up for them.

“Travelling by bus is one of the most environmentally friendly way to get across the country and research shows that young people recognise the vital role public transport will play in hitting our climate change targets.

“This move will not only be vital in our journey to net zero, but will also take pressure off young people and their families’ finances.”