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Youth MP campaigns for standard bus fairs

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 03, 2010

Youth MP for the Sleaford and district area Joseph Hayat launched his campaign to try and get cheaper travel for youngsters in the area at the House of Commons.

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A YOUTH MP has launched a Transport Campaign to try and get a standardised bus fair for youngsters living in the district.

Joseph Hayat, deputy member of Youth Parliament covering Lincolnshire west including Sleaford, is hoping local bus companies will get on board and support him with a subsidised rate.

He is hoping cheaper fairs for youngsters will open up new doors, such as jobs, for them.

Joseph, who launched the campaign just hours after attending a debate at the House of Commons on transport in the area, told the Target: "I was very fortunate to be able to get a back bench speech in before the transport debate was concluded.

"I highlighted my disgust at how our rural environment had been forgotten and deprived of improvements in public transport, which is hampering chances of our economy picking up.

"For example, I highlighted how one of my constituents can't get a new job in Lincoln, as the cost of travel is too expensive.

"The last straw for me was speaking with one of my constituents last week, a 16-year-old who had been recently made redundant.

"He's desperately seeking employment, job opportunities are available in Lincoln, but with minimum wage being £3.57 per hour, he has to work nearly three hours alone just to pay for the £8.20 train fare.

"Therefore he is dormant on our streets, left to be branded by society as a yobbo - this is an absolute disgrace. Enough is enough."

Joseph said the district needs affordable travel, that is good value for money, efficient and safe.

He added: "The government has left us with no choice, this can only be achieved by the voluntary sector working with the private sector.

"And it's essential we achieve this for the sake of our local economy."

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