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Youngsters put forward changes to school bus times to make fares cheaper

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: January 11, 2011

Joseph Hayat, 17, member of the UK Youth Parliament representing Sleaford & North Hykeham, hosts the transport solutions conference at the North Kesteven District Council offices.

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CHANGING school bus times could see cheaper fares for young people in Lincolnshire.

Stagecoach East Midlands is to investigate staggering bus arrivals and departures – meaning fewer vehicles could make more pick-ups.

This was just one of a number of ideas discussed at a youth transport conference in Sleaford.

It was also announced that Stagecoach has standardised the adult fare threshold to 16 across the county.

An on-demand community bus service for young people is to be investigated and a youth transport Facebook group set up.

Council officers joined people from transport companies and the voluntary sector at the conference hosted by Joseph Hayat, 17, a Member of the UK Youth Parliament representing Sleaford and North Hykeham.

"The purpose of the conference was to assess how we can find solutions for these aims without any Government funding such as subsidies," said Joseph, who lives in Sleaford and attends the joint sixth form in the town.

"Furthermore, it is hoped that by integrating all three sectors we can encourage better communication and develop a strong and lasting partnership that deals with the issues we face constructively and gives the public customer satisfaction.

"I want young people to have better access to transport that is affordable and gives them the helping hand they want to get into employment."

Kirsty Sinclair, 17, a shop assistant of Ruskington who works in Sleaford, agreed that rural public transport needs improving.

She said: "I normally use the trains, but I work until 9pm on Wednesdays, when there are no trains, so I have to rely on a lift or get a taxi.

"On a Sunday there is no public transport.

"I have walked back in the past on a Sunday.

"I used a taxi the other Sunday to get home and that cost me a double rate of £13.

"If I used one both ways on a Sunday, that would be my entire day's wages spent on getting to and from work.

"I passed my test last year and once my car is on the road I'll be using that instead of the train.

"I think the best way to improve public transport would be to make it cheaper and more regular for young people as not everyone has a car."

Commercial director of Stagecoach East Midlands Dave Skepper said the company was keen to improve services.

"Young people are our customer today, and hopefully we can keep them as customers going forward," he said.

Paul Harvey, principal transport officer at the county council, said the authority was keen to continue working with others to iron out travel issues.

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    onlooker, lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 8:10PM

    Vanman, Lincoln I feel your ranting about something you don't know anything about VOSA revoking licences .VOSA have nothing to do with fares only the road worthiness of the vehicles and drivers hours and regulations.I think you should be looking at going to monopoly's commission which would be more near the point

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    Laughing, lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 7:03PM

    Maybe if parents sent their children to the school closest to them the fare would be far less.The Government of the time created this mess by allowing parents to send children to the school of their choice.Creating all the congestion on the roads when schools are in as we all see today.If you don't like the school closest to you ,you can always move house so your nearer to your chosen school. The public also created the monopoly the bus firm as today by using the cheapest fare by just 10P when the buses where deregulated,Lincoln City Transport provided cheap reliable travel but everyone went for the 10p cheaper fare so I am afraid you have all got what you deserve a monopoly ran by a greedy company only running buses where the most revenue can be raked in.

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    Missouri Marten, Lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 12:24PM

    Does anyone else think that Joseph Hayat is the missing Milliband brother? (If only they were all missing).

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    Copper Bolt, Lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 11:13AM

    Oh dear Vanman, are you seriously trying to tell us that the cost of taxing, insuring and running a 4x4 is less than £11.40 a week? I don't think so, somehow! They use them because they are selfish and think that their offspring take priority over everybody else. But as Bill Hicks rightly said: your children aren't special!

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    Vanman, Lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 10:31AM

    stagecoach sells a weekly adult ticket for about £9.20 for use within Lincoln for 7 days a week any route, but a one term bus pass, 5 days a week , specific route is costing £11.40 per week, money up front!! i call that ripping off school kids ! thats why parents use their 4x4's to take kids to school ! stagecoach should be monitored as to not overcharge for school buses, and if they do, as i can prove, they should have there operators licence revoked by VOSA, and then they would not have a business to overcharge !!

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    Copper Bolt, Lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 9:23AM

    What's the point? It doesn't matter how cheap or convenient buses are, selfish parents are still going to be determined to drive their little darlings to and from school in an armoured 4x4 and park on double yellows or pedestrian crossings outside the school when they get there.

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    Peter, Lincoln  |  January 11 2011, 8:42AM

    Good luck to the teenagers involved in this. Lincolshire County Council, the body supposed to be responsible for maintaining some sort of public transport infrastructure throughout the county, has failed completely to do its job. Whether it's because of lack of funding by its political masters or downright incompetence by the staff isn't clear - but just try getting out of Lincoln to most of the villages by bus on a Sunday or after 6pm and you'll see what I mean. Not everyone has access to a car, particularly younger people.