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 Affordability and concessions

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Affordability and concessions

The cost of transport remains a big concern for customers. Therefore, offering an affordable range of travel options remains a key priority for Merseytravel.

Merseytravel sets fares for the Mersey Ferries and the supported bus services we run. We have historically set the Mersey Tunnel tolls, with discounts for regular users, but from 2015/16 this became a decision for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Commercial bus and rail operators are responsible for setting their own fares, but we’re working hard to influence operators to get passengers a fair deal.
This hard work is paying off in the bus sector as over 95 per cent of buses in the Liverpool City Region are now providing cheaper fares for all young people up to and including the age of 18. This has been achieved through initiatives like MyTicket – which for £2.20 offers all day unlimited travel on participating buses.
Liverpool City Region is the first region to introduce this benefit outside London, presenting a standard for other regions to follow within the UK.
In November 2018 a new Apprentice Travelcard was launched offering young people aged 19-24, who are employed on apprenticeships, half-price bus travel across Merseyside. The Apprentice Travelcard allows holders to purchase weekly and four-weekly passes in line with existing Solo fares for under-19s, allowing unlimited travel across the Merseyside bus network and potentially saving users more than £400 a year.
Train operator Merseyrail continues to offer amongst the lowest fares in the country according to the latest figures.

Merseytravel supports schools to encourage pupils and staff to travel sustainably - walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing. It also works with partners to offer assistance to jobseekers that have found it difficult to access employment due to the cost of travel.

Our concessionary travel scheme means that we offer more than is currently required by legislation. People who are eligible for our concession schemes can travel free on buses, trains and use cross-river ferry services. We also offer a concession use of the Mersey Tunnels for a small number of eligible disabled people