New look, new features, same amazing discount
The changes to this year’s 16-18 photocard scheme makes discounted travel more accessible. We have worked tirelessly with operators and the Mayor to secure a free card (no more £10 fee) and remove application red-tape (no more UVCs) as well as a number of other new features. Here’s all the key information you need to know:
Dates for the diary
31st July – current 16-18 photocards expire
6th August – new scheme opens for applications
There are no UVCs to worry about
For those that have previously applied for the 16-18 photocard, they will need to login and reapply via networkwestmidlands.com/16-18
Please familiarises yourself with the changes below, all of which make it easier for you, and your students.
(For students only) No more Unique Validation Code (UVC):
You will be happy to hear that there will no longer be a requirement to give students a UVC code. Students can apply directly online from networkwm.com/16-18 from the 6th August.
Free to apply, same discount:
There will no longer be a £10 fee for the photocard. It is now completely free to apply and will still entitle 16-18 year olds to save up to 50% on most bus, train and tram services within the West Midlands.
There will be only one type of 16-18 photocard, that can used by students, apprentices, trainees and those in employment. This will replace the two separate cards that currently exist.
Applicants will no longer need to reapply every year for their photocard. Their card will be valid up till the 31st July of the academic year the applicant turns 18.
All new 16-18 photocards will be Swift-enabled, allowing season tickets to be loaded onto the card. This will remove the current requirement for card holders to carry the photocard as well as a separate ticket.
An exception for this are season tickets that are not available on Swift (i.e train only). In this instance, a separate paper ticket will need to accompany the photocard.
Parents of students who are not entitled to free travel
Parents of students who are not entitled to free travel, will need to catch the 10S
Arriva service from Perton. It leaves from Sainsburys @ 08:05 and goes clockwise
around the Parkway calling at every bus stop.
In the afternoon, the bus comes into the school and operates the return journey back
to Perton calling at every bus stop clockwise around the Parkway.
If they have a ‘Your Staffordshire card’ the cost is £1.30 per journey.
This card can be applied for online at www.yourstaffordshirecard.info or
applied for in any Staffordshire Library. Or by clicking the links below. The Youth Box card
also entitles the holder to discounts and offers in local shops and businesses.