Cheaper transport for teens

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PARENTS are being given a final reminder not to miss the bus when it comes to getting cheaper transport.

 Mums and dads have to send back their children’s Nexus Under 16 renewal forms before Monday, February 28.

 Nexus is replacing around 60,000 Under 16 Cards in Tyne and Wear to new Pop smart cards, launched this week.

 All the parents of holders, apart from those in their final school year, need to do is send in an up-to-date photograph with the renewal form sent to them by Nexus earlier this month.

 In return, they will get a new free Pop card posted to them next month, avoiding a £5 administration fee.

 Parents who have lost the renewal form can instead go through a Nexus Travelshop to get their children’s new free Pop card

 Under 16 cardholders will be among the first to receive a Pop card, which as well as showing entitlement to cheaper tickets, will in future be used to pay for travel.

 Anyone under the age of 16 at the start of their current academic year and resident in Tyne and Wear can apply for the card.

 It entitles the holder to travel at the child concessionary fare of 50p single and £1 all day on all bus, Metro, Shields Ferry and local rail services.

 An administration fee of £5 will apply to anyone who replaces an Under 16 Cards with a new Pop card after April 1, 2011.