North West Wales

Changes to travel fees for post 16 students in Gwynedd

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Some sixth form and college students in Gwynedd will have to pay more for travel under new plans.

The current price of a 16+ travel ticket varies from £60 to £100 and costs Gwynedd council about £1m a year.

The new proposals would see students pay £100 each per term, about a third of the total cost of transport.

It is hoped the plans, which will be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday, will save about £50,000 a year, should they come into effect from September.

The report said under the current policy, students living on the Llyn Peninsula who wanted to study in Bangor would have to pay £100 for their travel ticket, compared to £60 if they went to college in Dolgellau.

"This often caused ill-feeling," the report said, as Bangor was closer and involved less travel time.

Transport for post-16 learners is not a statutory obligation and the report said this move means students "can select the best courses for them... without having to take the difference in the price of the 16+ travel ticket".

Students who live fewer than three miles from an eligible school or college will not be entitled to transport.

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