Saturday 27 December 2014

Leap card offers free travel to youngsters

Michael Staines

Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30

Children in the final weeks of their summer holidays are eligible for free travel from now till the end of August provided they hold a child Leap card.

The promotion is intended to encourage families and children to use public transport for their leisure activities in the final weeks of their school holidays while serving as a reminder to families to get their Leap cards before the school year begins.

A Leap card is a rechargeable plastic smart card that can be used on Dublin Bus, Luas, Swords Express, DART and short-hop Irish Rail journeys in Dublin.

The card is also valid on Bus Eireann services in the Greater Dublin area and in Cork and children will travel for free on all these services up to August 24.

Earlier this month, child Leap fares previously only available to under 16s were made available to all 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds.

Those under the age of 19 are now eligible for a number of travel reductions, including discounts of up to 60pc on Dublin Bus and 65pc on the Luas when they get the card.

Gerry Murphy, CEO of the National Transport Authority said that the child Leap card is well worthwhile for those who use public transport.

"We are particularly keen that those in the senior cycle of secondary school apply for their personalised card so that they can enjoy the cheapest fares for getting to and from school, and for their extra-curricular activities," he said.

There are a limited number of free child Leap cards available online. Details are at www.childleapcard.ie.

Irish Independent

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