Reduce Metrolink fares for students!
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Students traveling in Greater Manchester should be entitled to a concessionary rate for all Metrolink services.
Manchester's Metrolink is a highly important service for those who lack alternative means to travel to educational facilities; work; social activities or other essential activities, or those who prefer public transport for its environmental and economic benefits.
Students are amongst those who most rely on Metrolink services, with the abundance of services connecting residential areas to schools; colleges; and the universities. However, options for a reduced student fare are drastically lacking and young people are forced to meet the ever-increasing ticket prices.
Whilst an Igo pass allows children to rightfully buy child tickets; this lasts only until they finish Year 11. From then on, young people must pay an adult's fare, despite being considered a child by law. Whilst people of this age are not entitled to adult’s pay in the world of work; they are expected to pay like adult’s elsewhere. This contradiction is unacceptable. Those who support themselves with a job alongside the education that is compulsory until the age of 18 also juggle switching roles between adult and child, and travel becomes extortionate.
The Scholar’s Pass is another option for concessionary travel; available for 16-19 year olds in full-time education. However, this pass applies only to journeys on the specific stops between one’s permanent residence and their school or college for tickets purchased before 9am in term time. This immediately fails those who live outside of Greater Manchester; university students above the age of 19; and students who travel after 9am.
Moreover, the Scholar’s Pass deems students’ journeys to anywhere other than school or college unworthy of a discount. This is unfair. Students may need to visit libraries during revision periods for study, or visit places in Greater Manchester to aid their learning. Leisure and social activities are also key accompaniments to education and imperative for mental, physical and emotional wellbeing and should be made more accessible with affordable travel.
I believe that Metrolink should offer reduced ticket prices to anyone in possession of a National Union Of Students (NUS) card; an NUS Extra card; an International Student Identity Card; or valid ID from an educational institution.
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