A NEW travel initiative will allow any Islanders on the Kickstart Scheme to access discounted journey options – to and from work – through Beryl’s bike share and e-Scooter hire scheme.

Beryl, the British bike share operator, and Jobcentre Plus have announced the partnership to support young people on the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

To access the discounted travel, users need to download the Beryl App to their smartphone and complete the sign-up process.

To ride an e-Scooter, users must have a valid UK driving licence. All rides must finish in a Beryl Bay, otherwise users will be charged the relevant fee.

Beryl chief executive, Philip Ellis, said: “Inadequate transport is a barrier to employment opportunities for thousands of people across the UK.We’re proud to partner with Jobcentre Plus to tackle this issue.

"Providing young people with free and discounted trips across our bike and e-Scooter schemes will allow them to travel in an enjoyable and convenient way which can benefit their mental, physical and financial wellbeing.”

Kerrie Honey, employer & partnership manager for the Isle of Wight, said: "We are really excited about working with Beryl on this project.

"This is even more important for our younger customers on a Kickstart placement as this may be their first job."