Public transport brings me a sense of independence and the opportunity to experience new things.
When I was younger, I thought that not being able to drive and relying on my parents to drive me to and from school and my friends was the main barrier to independence. However, I now know how expensive driving can be – a cost which is far too expensive for a 17-year-old.
The bus network has been invaluable in granting me independence. I am able to go sightseeing in the city centre without having to deal with congestion and expensive parking. It has allowed me to attend youth voice conferences which are too far for lifts from my parents, and I can also meet up with friends who live several towns away. Most importantly, bus services allow me to get to and from job interviews when necessary.
– Samuel Arnold, 17