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Youngsters bid to put a stop to rising bus fares

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

A youngster from Torbay has put the wheels in motion to drum up support for her petition to highlight the soaring prices of bus fares in the town.

Rhiane Winter, a Sanctuary Housing resident, whose project is being supported by the leading housing and care provider, has teamed up with seven other youngsters in a bid to get bus fares in the town lowered.

With the help of Fixers, a charity which helps young people get their voices heard, the group of youngsters are campaigning to raise the age at which young people must pay the full adult fare from 15 to 18 years old.

Rhiane said: “Bus fares in Torbay are extortionate and should be lowered, not just for students and young people. So many people choose public transport because they can’t afford to run a car but I really feel it is going to be a problem if the prices creep too high.

“We recently set up a Facebook petition group and within 24 hours it had already received 500 likes. We are so pleased with the response and it reflects to us that this is something a lot of people feel strongly about in the town.”

As well as looking to gain more support for their petition via the Facebook group (www.facebook.com/helplowertorbaybusprices), the youngsters have teamed up with the Torbay Youth Parliament and hope to produce a viral campaign video about the issues surrounding the cost of buses in Torbay. The video will be used as a tool during presentations to school assemblies and to highlight the issues to their local MPs, Councillors and bus provider, Stagecoach.

Sanctuary has provided £60,000 funding to Fixers, matched by £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, to support projects for residents in locations across England and Scotland, which are led by young people aged 16 – 25.

Fixers is an innovative charity, which makes high quality multi-media resources about issues that are important to young people, based on their real life experiences. To date, over 10,000 young people across the UK have become Fixers and created 1,100 projects.

If you would like to know more about this project or want to get involved please contact Esther Coward on esther@fixers.org.uk

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