A major scheme to help teenagers get to college, work and leisure pursuits is relaunched.
Youngsters have a month to pick up their £10 Teen Mover ticket which entitles them to half price travel on bus routes across the area.
The scheme was one of the successes of the axed Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF), helping teenagers access education, employment, training and leisure opportunities for young people in Middlesbrough.
Teen Mover – a partnership between Middlesbrough Council’s Transport & Design Services and Connexions - provided around 6,000 half-fare, single journey bus passes for 16 to 19-year-olds to travel at any time of the day.
Following the Coalition Government’s withdrawal of WNF funding, young people campaigned to save Teen Mover and as a result Middlesbrough Council’s budget was changed to allow the popular initiative to continue for a further year, with a one-off charge of £10 for each user to partially offset the cost.
The new blue Teen Mover – replacing the current purple one - will be valid from Thursday, September 1 to Friday, August 31 next year for use on all Arriva and Stagecoach buses across the Tees Valley.
All young people eligible for Teen Mover will shortly receive a letter outlining the scheme and which can be used as proof of identity.
Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “This was a very popular and successful scheme and young people were understandably upset when it looked likely to be withdrawn due to Tory-led cuts.
“It’s very important that young people have access to convenient, low cost transport, in the years between leaving school and gaining full-time employment, so I’m delighted that Teen Mover is going to continue for at least another year.”
For further information, visit www.youth-unite.com or call 01642 576097 or 240081.