BUS operator Stagecoach, which runs services in Doncaster, has launched the country’s first nationwide discounted bus travel scheme for people looking for work.
The new initiative, launched today, will give thousands of job seekers across the UK a 50 per cent discount on their bus travel to help them find employment.
Holders of a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card will qualify for half-price single and return tickets on Stagecoach’s 6,500 buses in the UK outside London.
Stagecoach operates a network of local bus services including services from the Dearne into Doncaster town centre.
The scheme is being funded entirely on a commercial basis by Stagecoach without any public sector support. It will initially run for six months with a view to testing the potential for a permanent discount.
Bus travel is the most popular mode of transport used by Britain’s commuters, with 5.2 billion bus journeys in the UK each year. More than 800,000 people who are out of work and claiming benefits currently qualify for a Jobcentreplus Travel Discount Card.
Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach Group chief executive, said: “Youth unemployment is one of the biggest issues facing our country today and we know the bus is Britain’s most important mode of public transport.
“Stagecoach already offers the lowest bus fares of any major operator in the country, making public transport affordable for those on low incomes. We hope this new initiative can help kick-start the careers for those who are struggling to get that first job or training place.”
Full details of the Stagecoach jobseekers discounted travel initiative are available at http://www.stagecoachbus.com/bkonboard.aspx