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Mayor’s inadequate budget for free youth bus travel

Julian Peddle Ipswich IP8
26 April 2019
 

There are lies, damn lies, and mayoral press releases. Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, wants to have free travel for 16-18 year olds, and he knows how much it will cost, or at least he thinks he does (ibid).

What a brave man, considering there have been no meaningful discussions with the bus operators about the cost of the pass, proof of identity and acceptance conditions. The number quoted in the press release (£15.9m) is not a number recognised by bus operators. This will...

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