Council reject teenagers “ride around for £1” bus fare plea, but First to introduce new student discounts from Sunday.

The York Council is set to reject a petition from local young people who had hoped that the flat £1 “go anywhere” fare available in parts of North Yorkshire would be extended to York.


In May 2013, an 11-16 year old variant of the go anywhere ‘All York’ the ticket was introduced but it was priced at £2.30.

First announce fare cuts for young people – New ticket offers are available for children, young people and students from this Sunday 1 September.

New price list

Child tickets (with an 11-16 YOzone card)

• 80p single and £1.10 return ticket prices frozen

• Day ticket reduced from £2.10 to £2

• Week ticket reduced from £8.50 to £7

• 4-week ticket reduced from £31.50 to £25 (available at PayPoint outlets)

Young People tickets (with a 16-18 YOzone card)

• New maximum single of £1.30 (unless the adult single is lower than that, in which case the lower price applies)

• New day ticket at £3

• New week ticket at £10

Student tickets (University & College)

• New day ticket at £3

• New week ticket at £10

• Term products frozen and now available to college students as well as those at University Valid University Student card or NUS card required.

The changes include price reductions for child day, week & month tickets, new discount tickets for 16-18 year olds and new value student tickets – price list below. For the first time youths aged between 16 and 18 will be able to buy non-adult tickets for daily or weekly use, as well as for single journeys.

The new First tickets represent savings of up to 37% (based on the current £16 week ticket compared to the new £10 weekly). The new 16-18 YOzone card being introduced by City of York Council will give young people access to these great new value fares*.

Children aged 16 and under will also benefit with prices frozen on single and return tickets and reduced on day, week & 4week tickets – which are reduced to only £25 (representing a cut of over 20%).

The pricing changes include new value offers for students at the city’s colleges and Universities including the introduction of new day & week tickets.

*The ‘YOzone’ cards are distributed on an annual basis in schools. All production and distribution costs are borne by the Council but any discounted travel offers provided by bus operators on presentation of a valid YOzone card are entirely at the operator’s discretion. Bus operators do not receive any subsidy or reimbursement for providing discounted travel.

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