Youth Council drive for better public transport
BOLTON’S Youth Council is on a mission to improve public transport for young people.
The youngsters have been carrying out a consultation on public transport in the borough and have been asking fellow young people to let them know what they want improved.
Councillors, who meet every week at the YMCA building in Deansgate, have been busy meeting young people and handing out ballot papers with a range of public transport campaign options.
These ballots are now being counted and the most popular idea will then be formed into a campaign by the youth council and youth MPs.
The list of campaign options includes a call for bus drivers to treat young people equally, a campaign to subsidise or set bus prices for young people in full-time education and a call for more frequent buses in highly populated areas as well as several other options.
Youth councillor Ryan Wallwork, aged 16, has been working on the project.
He said: “We have realised that public transport is one of the biggest issues for young people in Bolton and so have sent the ballot papers out around schools and handed them out in town. The response has been good, we’ve had thousands of responses.”
Fellow youth councillor Nikita Rana, aged 15, said: “I’ve enjoyed being involved in this project and others with the council as it gives me a sense of responsibility and confidence too.”
The young councillors also attended a meeting on the subject of public transport at the headquarters of Transport for Greater Manchester to discuss the issue.
Another councillor working on the scheme is Erin Muszanskyj who said: “This is a key thing for young people in Bolton because many of them have to get buses every day.”
The councillors have now received all the ballot papers and will be counting them and finding out which campaign will be taken forward.
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