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New b_line scheme goes live

b_line cardholders are reminded that the new scheme goes live this weekend.

From Saturday 1 August 2015 thousands more young people who live in Derbyshire will be eligible for cut price travel on local buses and trains with a b_line2 card.

This is because apprentices and other young people on training schemes, working or looking for work will also qualify for the discount. Previously it had only been for students up to 19 in full-time education.

Eligibilty for a b_line1 card and b_line2 card has also changed.

Orange b_line1 cards are now for 11 to 16-year-olds. These can be used to prove the cardholder is eligible for the bus or train operators’ own discount or child fare. In most cases this is better than the old b_line offer.

While b_line2 cards − for 16 to 19-year-olds - are now purple instead of silver and the discount is now 25 per cent off full adult fares rather than 33 per cent off.

Both cards can continue to be used to get discounts at around 600 local shops and other businesses. They can also be used as library cards to borrow at any Derbyshire and Derby City library.

Most people will get their new b_line cards at the start of the new school term in September. But provided they still have a valid date, old cards can continue to be used until the end of October.

Young people not at school will need to make their own application. Application forms can be downloaded from the YouthInc website (opens in a new window).

Councillor Dean Collins, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

"Since b_line was first set up in 2001 the way young people study has changed with many more places to learn such as on the job opportunities. We know how important it is for young people to get about independently and it only seemed fair to help them out with travel costs too."

b_line is a joint scheme between ourselves and Derby City Council. Young people get the travel discount because the two authorities pay the bus and train companies the discounted part of the fare.


by Derbyshire County Council
31 July | Amber Sound FM News

 

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