Families across Leicestershire now have more travel options than ever before to get the kids to school or college, whilst helping them beat the morning rush and saving money.
Leicestershire County Council wants residents to consider choosing to use an alternative travel option to cars, such as buses, bikes or on foot, which are often cheaper, healthier, quicker and better for the environment. A number of discounted travel offers have also been launched to support this drive.
“Across Leicestershire there are numerous ways to get to and from school or college that doesn’t have to involve a car or the rush hour stress, and can often be a less expensive alternative. With dedicated bus lanes, an expanding cycle network, and the Choose How You Move journey planner for walking and public transport routes, residents can find a way to get around that costs less, is better for the environment and suit their needs.”Person:Councillor Peter Osborne, cabinet member for highways and transport
Arriva Buses will introduce a new child day saver ticket from Saturday 3 September, offering under 16’s in Leicestershire unlimited travel for just £3 as an introductory offer until 30 October – after which the standard price of £3.50 will apply. The new ticket allows children and teenagers to hop-on, hop-off throughout the course of one day – giving them better, more affordable access to both schools and leisure activities.
As well as Arriva’s new ticket, First Leicester offer cheaper day tickets for young people, as well as term-length season tickets and a 20 per cent reduction on adult fares for students with a valid student ID. Centrebus also give students 15% off the price of a standard single or return ticket when you show an NUS Extra membership card, as well as a 20% discount for anyone under 18 with a valid Young Persons Card.
Further afield, students heading to Loughborough University this year can also get reduced rates and spread the cost of bus travel with Kinchbus, who run services in the town as well as to Nottingham and Leicester.
Aside from getting around by bus, families could use the opportunity of shorter school runs to hop on a bike or take a walk. Cycling in Leicestershire is easier than ever with an increasing cycle network and shared spaces allowing you to get from A to B.
To plan a cycle or walking route, or book a place on one of our cycling courses, visit www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk and access your one-stop shop for travel information in Leicester & Leicestershire that allows residents and visitors to consider the different travel options available to them.