Milton Keynes youth fare protest

Milton Keynes youth fare protest Milton Keynes youth fare protest
A petition against increases in bus fares for young people in Milton Keynes has been launched at change.org by Andrew Pakes, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South. Pakes’ petition reads: “Tory-run Milton Keynes council is planning to increase bus fares for young people by 70 per cent meaning a weekly increase from £5 to £8.50 or monthly rise from £17.50 to £30. That might not sound like much, but many young people rely on public transport. Pricing young people off the buses will make it difficult for many to get to college, visit friends or travel to work.”

The council’s budget also proposes raising the youth single fare from 35p to 60p. John Bint, Milton Keynes council cabinet member for transport, says he would welcome alternative proposals from any group before the council’s budget meeting next month. “I accept in percentage terms it seems like a lot and it is a figure we would have liked to have avoided,” he says, but adds that even after being increased the new young people’s fares represent a significant discount on adult fares.

That in its first two weeks the petition secured fewer than 200 signatures suggests either a lack of awareness or a lack of interest in the issue.