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New transport scheme to help mobilise West Midlands workforce


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Residents in the West Midlands who have just gained a new job could benefit from free bus, tram and rail travel to work.


Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has teamed up with local transport operators to offer two four-week tickets free, then a third four-week ticket at a 50% discount from the standard price on selected bus, tram and network travel passes through the Workwise scheme.


The former scheme had supported nearly 4,900 people over the past four years, and in a recent TfWM survey, almost half of those who responded said they wouldn’t have been able to take up their new job without help with their travel costs. 


Councillor Iqbal Padda, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and growth, who attended the launch at West Bromwich Bus Station, said: “We welcome this boost for getting the people of Sandwell back into work, to develop their skills so they can respond to changing business needs and obtain jobs in the growing West Midlands economy.”


Anyone paying an adult fare who lives or works in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton, and who started a new job after being unemployed, could apply for the Workwise scheme. 


Apprentices and those increasing their weekly hours to 16 or more in their current job could also benefit from the scheme.


Matthew Savin, aged 22, from Oldbury, has recently joined the WMCA as a service desk support apprentice.


He said: “I was unemployed for almost six months, and the scheme has given me much-needed travel support, making it easier for me to get to work. I’m looking forward to my new job, and the future is bright.”


If you’d like to find out more about how Workwise could help you or a friend or relative move into work, visit the TFWM website.


Employers can find out more about supporting new staff to apply for Workwise here



Written by: David Watkins

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