Bus companies in the North East are giving customers the chance to take their kids for free through special offers launched to coincide with the start of school Easter holidays.
Fare-paying customers will be able to enjoy free travel for up to three children aged 11 and under across local public transport in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham for a month until 7 May.
The Tyne and Wear Metro and Shields Ferry already have in place a permanent deal for customers to take the kids for free when they travel.
Transport leaders have welcomed the offers launched by bus companies Arriva North East, Go North East and Stagecoach North East as the first benefits of an ambitious new bus partnership with local councils to grow sustainable public transport and fight the climate emergency.
“We’re working in partnership with the bus operators and Nexus to make public transport cheaper, easier and greener – by far the best way to travel around our amazing region.
Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Transport North East
“It’s great news that our region’s bus companies are expanding this great value offer, already available on the Metro and the Shields Ferry, to include buses.
“People travelling with children can enjoy great value travel on public transport across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham. If you’re travelling by any combination of bus, Metro and the Shields Ferry, each fare-paying adult can bring along up to three children aged 11 and under for free.
“This offer will help families to get out and about on public transport more affordably over the Easter break, enjoying our fantastic region whilst maintaining a low carbon footprint.”
Each bus company has introduced its own offer and customers should check on board or via company websites and social media for detailed terms and conditions. Customers with Network One tickets including Day Rover and Explorer can also take up the offer. Some season tickets are excluded from offers, as well as customers who do not pay for their travel.
Nexus, the public body which oversees local transport in Tyne and Wear, is extending the offer to community bus services it contracts, alongside its existing Take The Kids For Free promise on Metro and the Shields Ferry.
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Each bus company has introduced its own offer and customers should check on board or via company websites and social media for detailed terms and conditions.