They have taken the ’freedom’ out of the ‘freedom pass’. Can only be used from 6am to 7pm, Monday to Friday (cannot be used on weekends). Now please tell me, where is the freedom?
With the price being at £200 a card, is it really worth paying that large amount, with the economy decreasing and recession still in motion how are those with low incomes meant to remain afloat? Originally the price was £50; then over the course of a year; it jumped to £100 even for unlimited use and now £200 for a restricted use. There are many students who have to commute from far distances in order to reach their place of education; with the prices increasing some parents won’t be able to provide the money to purchase this pass.
Chloe McMahon lives in Northfleet but her school is in Gravesend, her transport fee is £2.50 there and £0.90 back, this is £3.40 a day. She spends on average 149 days in school; this is £506.60 a year. Some might say wouldn’t it be better to just pay the £200 at once, but being that she is from a family that does not get a high income, she is unable to do this; forcing her to pay more than double the amount over the course of the year.
By Marvel Eni-Uwubame and Bola A. (15 yrs Old)