FREE bus travel offer for young people

The Isle of Wight Council has teamed up with Southern Vectis to encourage younger people to use bus travel across the Island.

The council’s Connect2Work Programme has launched a brand-new bus offer in partnership with Southern Vectis, aimed at potential new bus users aged between 16 – 19 years old. A limited number of complimentary Multi-Day tickets are available, allowing 15 days of unlimited bus travel on the Island.

Aimed at non-bus users, an objective of the scheme is to understand how younger islanders perceive bus travel, and to encourage a new generation of regular bus users.

To take part in the scheme, eligible applicants are required to complete a short online survey designed to capture perceptions on bus travel, and then download the new improved Southern Vectis Mobile app, which has a variety of innovative features including real journey time tracking and a journey planner.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Waste Management, Councillor Jonathan Bacon, said: “We know that resident travel patterns will have changed as a result of the pandemic. This initiative will help us find out how behaviour has altered and at the same time provide a great opportunity to introduce a new younger audience to bus travel.”

To find out more information on the bus travel offer and to fill in the short survey, please visit: www.connect2work.info/busoffer    

The aim of the Connect2Work Programme is to change commuters’ behaviour and travel habits to increase the long-term use of active and sustainable travel modes to reduce congestion, pollution and promote health and well-being.

The Connect2Work Programme is delivered by the Isle of Wight Council and funded by the Department for Transport.