Free travel for the town’s job-seekers

Seaside road bus stop, Eastbourne'03/06/11
Seaside road bus stop, Eastbourne'03/06/11

The town’s bus company is offering job-seekers free bus travel throughout January.

Stagecoach is backing a new Bus for Jobs initiative to help hundreds of thousands of job-seekers across the UK find employment by giving the free bus travel in the New Year. The scheme, organised by the Greener Journeys sustainable travel campaign, will enable job-seekers to travel on all Stagecoach bus routes across the region free of charge during January 2013.

Bus travel is the most popular mode of transport used by Britain’s commuters, with 5.2 billion bus journeys in the UK each year.

The ‘Bus for Jobs’ deal will cover over 70 per cent of the nation’s bus routes, including all Stagecoach routes in Kent and East Sussex, providing practical help for people who are actively seeking work or taking part in training.

Transport Minister Norman Baker, who is also the MP for Polegate and Seaford, said, “Good bus services play a huge role in boosting economic growth by helping people to access employment and training opportunities.

“I have been encouraging bus operators to look at the fare deals they can offer to young people looking for work, so I congratulate the operators that are doing so in January and look forward to seeing other offers in the future.

“This move will benefit the industry as well as job-seekers as young people are not only a key section of the market – they are the future of the local bus industry.”

The scheme will cover holders of a JobCentre Plus Travel Discount Card. Those who are eligible for the card, which is available through JobCentre Plus, include people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support and actively engaged with a Jobcentre Plus adviser in returning to employment.

From January 1, card holders will be able to travel free on all Stagecoach buses in the region.