Freedom Pass price to be doubled: will you be affected?

Bus travel for Kent schoolchildren will still be subsidised but the price is set to double.

Bus travel for Kent schoolchildren will still be subsidised but the price is set to double.

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

Councillors have backed plans to double the price of a pass which provides subsidised travel to and from school for Kent schoolchildren.

Come September the Freedom Pass is set to cost £200 instead of £100 in a move recommended by Kent County Council’s environment and transport cabinet committee.

The pass helps 11-16 year-olds get to and from school by bus any time from six in the morning to seven in the evening during term time.

It will be renamed the Young Person's Travel Pass and holders will only be allowed to use it from Monday to Friday.

It is now up to cabinet member for environment, highways and waste Councillor David Brazier to make the final decision.

Plans were also approved to reduce the cost of an annual travel card for students aged over 16 from £520 to £400.

Are you a parent who will end up having to pay more for your child to get to school?

Call 012689 885702, e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @NewsShopperTim

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5:53pm Sat 26 Apr 14

white rabbit9 says...

The investors are wanting a sh**e load more money.
The investors are wanting a sh**e load more money. white rabbit9
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4:51pm Tue 29 Apr 14

fairkarma says...

my son is entitled to a free bus pass as his school was not our first choice, i have never claimed the free pass instead choosing to pay £100 for one so that he can travel outside of school hours too but from now on i will be claiming the free one, no doubt Kent County Council will lose plenty of money this way as others choose to do the same.
my son is entitled to a free bus pass as his school was not our first choice, i have never claimed the free pass instead choosing to pay £100 for one so that he can travel outside of school hours too but from now on i will be claiming the free one, no doubt Kent County Council will lose plenty of money this way as others choose to do the same. fairkarma
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