Young people have their say on public transport

Young people develop Youth Transport Charter to improve their public transport experience

South Yorkshire’s Youth Councils have developed a Youth Transport Charter outlining what needs to happen for young people to have a better experience on public transport in South Yorkshire.

"We are proud of the hard work and commitment shown by local young people in their campaign for more reliable, accessible and affordable transport for the young people in our region. The Youth Transport Charter gives young people support and makes it clear what they should expect and what is expected of them when using transport services. The Charter will act as a benchmark if these expectations aren't met by either the operator, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) or the young person”, said Daniel James, one of the longest standing members of Barnsley Youth Council.

“The Transport Charter is a comprehensive guide, showcasing what young people, providers, and regulators must do to ensure the South Yorkshire Transport System is sustainable, effective, and accessible. Its creation will spark conversation around our transport system, and how it can be improved to guarantee South Yorkshire is affordably linked”, said Jude Smith, a member of Youth Parliament for Sheffield.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Regardless of age, everyone has the right to feel safe and secure when using public transport. This Youth Transport Charter, which is the result of a lot of hard work, clearly sets out the standards young people expect and deserve.

“My congratulations go to those young people whose tenacity and determination has resulted in the publication of the Charter today.”

The charter was developed with the support of SYPTE, local authorities and public transport operators.

SYPTE’s Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, has been directly involved in the development of the charter.

“Making our public transport network accessible and appealing for young people has always been really important to me. Listening to young people and encouraging them to use public transport now will help us to shape better services in the future. And that’s important, because we know that public transport is the key to collectively improving congestion and air quality and tackling climate change”, says Tim.

“We want to give young people the confidence to use public transport. The charter is focused on what we need to do to safeguard children and young people so they develop travel habits now that will see them using public transport for years to come.”

South Yorkshire public transport operators, local authorities, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Youth Councils and SYPTE have signed up to the South Yorkshire Youth Transport Charter, which will launch on Thursday 30 January at Barnsley Interchange. For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/youthcharter.

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