Comhairle urges free ferry travel for young people

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Free ferry travel should be included for young people after Transport Minister Graeme Dey announced plans to introduce free bus travel for under 22s last week, according one islands councillor.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s chairman of transportation and infrastructure Councillor Uisdean Robertson said: ‘The introduction of free bus travel for under 22s is very welcome.

‘The minister rightly states that ‘reducing barriers created by transport costs is one really positive action we can take’.

‘So we would strongly suggest, once again, that free travel for under 22s be extended to ferry travel.

‘The minister, again rightly, highlights that ‘young people have been disproportionately impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic’.

‘Don’t young people in the islands, who have also been disproportionately impacted, deserve the same consideration as their peers on the mainland?’

Free bus travel for everyone in Scotland aged under 22 will begin on January 31 next year.