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24 March 2009
'School Travel', the Transport Select
Committee's latest report published on Sunday 22 March tells
education and transport ministers they must do more to produce a
modal shift away from cars towards public transport, through
dedicated school transport including 'Yellow Buses'.
"If they came to West Yorkshire, the
Select Committee members would be able to see the widespread
measures Metro has already implemented to achieve encourage young
people to use public transport," said Councillor Greaves.
pupils now travel to and from 133 West Yorkshire schools, on
purpose-built Mybus yellow buses and our work with schools on
SAFEMark has resulted in improved behaviour and raised pupil
awareness of sustainable transport," he said.
"Also Metro's concessions schemes mean
that most young people can travel on buses or trains throughout
West Yorkshire for free or half-price until they are 18 years
Metro is now in the process of
building on these successes by beginning to extend the benefits of
the Mybus yellow bus scheme to regular school transport and is
developing a strategy which takes a comprehensive approach to
transport for young people.
"We would be happy to discuss all
aspects of our groundbreaking work with the Select Committee to
help it find nationwide solutions," added Councillor Greaves.
Read the Executive
Summary of Metro's Mybus report.