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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.

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