Free bus travel for kids

MORE children will be allowed to travel for free on buses in the region after a travel company changed its charging policy.

MORE children will be allowed to travel for free on buses in the region after a travel company changed its charging policy.

From next month, First will allow two young children to travel free with each fare paying adult, after receiving dozens of requests for a review.

Most bus companies across the UK allow one accompanied youngster up to the age of five to travel without charging.

Some, however, have a policy of allowing two children and Peter Iddon, managing director of First, has announced the company will revise its policy from Sunday, June 3.

He said: “Quite a few passengers felt that they were keen to use the buses for transport for convenience and safety, but having to pay for the extra child could make it financially difficult.”

Andrew Stringer, a Green mid Suffolk district councillor who is campaigning for improved bus services in rural areas, said: “This is good news. Any concession, however small, to encourage bus use is a very welcome move.”

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The new move will initially be offered on a trial basis, but Mr Iddon believes it should become a permanent policy.

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