The Young Islanders Network was thrilled to see the latest news about the expansion of the National Ferry Travel Scheme, which will mean the extension of free ferry travel to all young people under 22 in the Western Isles, Inner Hebrides and Northern Isles.
Many young islanders have shared that travel costs can be a huge barrier for them in taking advantage of opportunities and experiences.
In our recent Transport Challenge Report, which was fed back to leading decision makers last month, young people shared their thoughts and views on the transportation in their communities, including how expensive travelling can be for young islanders.
A number of the young participants highlighted the value of free buses through the National Entitlement Card Under22 scheme, but pointed out that in communities that rely on ferries as part of daily commuting (like Raasay and Orkney), young islanders could really use a similar programme for free or reduced ferry fares.
Through the Young Islanders Network, Kaydence (the National Islands Plan Delivery Group Rep for YIN), has also actively supported MSYPs with their free ferry campaign and the MSYP Ferry Survey this summer.
More information on the new Scheme will be coming soon, marking an exciting moment for young people across the islands and demonstrating the impact that youth voice can make. Young people will be entitled to 2 return journeys per calendar year with their Young Scot card.
When sharing the news, MSP Patrick Harvie commented,
With today’s announcement we are taking a significant step forward in recognising the circumstances of young people on the islands. I am delighted that we are extending the current National Ferry Travel Scheme from its current coverage of 16-18 year olds to all U-22s. It is an important step towards recognising the travel needs of young islanders and opening up the country.
You can read the full article on the announcement here
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