by John Whitehouse on 2 April, 2009
I was delighted to win the backing of the Cabinet today for the County Council to commission an external study of the feasibility and costs of introducing a concessionary travel scheme for young people in Warwickshire. The work will now be done in time to inform decision making at the time of the next County Council budget next year.
Over the last year or so I have led a cross-party group looking at this subject, and we did a lot of work with officers and with young people, and also looked at experience in other part of the country. This matter has been a major campaign issue for the UK Youth Parliament over the past couple of years, and it was important that Warwickshire responded positively and constructively.
The changing patterns of education for 14-19 year old young people are putting increasing strain on existing transport provision to and from school and college, which are becoming less fit for purpose. Also we want to encourage young people to particpiate in sport and other leisure activities, but the costs of public transport are often a barrier to this.
Introducing such a scheme will not be cheap or easy, so it’s vital that we have the best possible data on which to make informed decisions. Today’s decision to commission the work necessary to achieve this is an important step.Leave a comment