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Youth Council in £5 transport challenge

[Monday 10 January 2011]

Craven Youth Council is fighting to raise awareness of how the cost of travelling in the district affects young people.

Craven Youth Council (run by the 4Youth Service) is asking residents for their support to raise awareness of the barriers that travelling costs in the district present to young people.

Transport services in rural areas are infrequent and expensive and often prevent young people from accessing many key local services. The young people who sit on the Youth Council have been collecting signatures for a petition as part of a campaign for cheaper public transport for young people in the district.

Craven District Council has been working with the Youth Council to make sure the views and needs of young people are heard. To illustrate the point of how difficult it is for young people to afford full fare and how much they rely on the infrequent services, the Leader of the District Council joined the Youth Council in a journey to travel from one of the most rural parts of the District, Appletreewick in southern Wharfedale to Skipton with the small budget of £5.

Unfortunately the bus was over half an hour late and the journey was unable to be made. The cost of travelling from Appletreewick to Skipton on a return journey would have been much more than £5 and this shows how not being able to access public transport is a barrier for young people.

Leader of the District Council, Councillor Chris Knowles-Fitton, said: “The fact that the bus was late just demonstrates how unreliable this service is. Because of the rural nature of Craven many young people have to rely on public transport to go to college and school, and to get to their Saturday jobs. The cost of travelling in the district is often prohibitive for them which means they may miss out on many educational and social opportunities. Please show your support for this issue and sign the Youth Council’s petition.”

The petition is available at Skipton Town Hall, Council Offices Granville Street Skipton, Otley Street Youth Centre, Bentham Town Hall or Settle Town Hall until the end of February.

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