Youths lobby for cheaper bus fares in Bristol

First buses in The Centre, Bristol Young people in Bristol say fares charged by First Bus are too high

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Young people in Bristol are lobbying First Bus to reduce the price of travel for them in the city.

A protest group has designed a poster to be displayed prominently in the city calling on the company to take action.

Protester Emily Broadhurst, 17, said: "We decided to take action because we feel the prices are too expensive for students."

First Bus welcomed the group's involvement and is running a public consultation into the issue.

The group of young people is being supported by the Fixers charity which helps 16-25-year-olds tackle issues which affect them.

It has negotiated the free use of a central Bristol advertising site for two weeks.

'Low income'

A specially designed advert will be displayed on the bus shelter outside Superdrug on Broadmead East from 7 May.

It takes the form of an open letter asking First Bus to consider reducing bus fares for young people in the city.

Ms Broadhurst said: "We live in areas on the outskirts of Bristol and some young people come from low income families. We rely on buses to get to shops, college, school, youth clubs and other services.

"We want bus companies to understand that prices are just too expensive and that many young people can't afford to pay season ticket fares upfront."

A First Bus spokeswoman said: "We welcome the fact that young people in Bristol are adding their voices to the debate around the cost of travel and the associated value for money that bus travel offers."

She said the company is running a consultation on the issue at its website, and asked that young people in the city fill out a questionnaire in order to have their say on the matter.

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