Youngsters who have a KCC Young Person’s Travel Pass (YPTP) will soon be able to travel on Arriva buses in the evening, during the holidays and at weekends for free.
It means that children will be able to ride Arriva buses outside of the normal Monday to Friday 6am-7pm slot.
The new initiative is set to launch on May 6.
KCC cabinet member for transport Mike Whiting said: “This is great news for children who have the travel pass as it means they’ll be able to get out independently during the summer holidays and at the weekends.
“It is great to see the hard work of our officers and Arriva has allowed this to happen and provide new travel opportunities to the communities they operate in.
“I believe the travel pass remains one of the most generous schemes outside of London and represents a huge saving over paying the fare direct to the operator.”
KCC provides £8.5 million to the scheme each year and the new extended benefits have been introduced at no additional cost to the council.
The Young Persons’ Travel Pass is an entirely discretionary scheme, with KCC receiving no government funding.
It currently provides journeys for about 24,000 youngsters across the county.
Stagecoach, which operates bus services predominately in the East of the county, already allows YPTP users access to its buses in the evenings, weekends, and holidays.