A NEW mural appeared in Glasgow to raise awareness of a campaign to get under 22s to travel for free.

Created by local artist Rogue One and located in the Barras Market, the painting is a pair of wings with the message 'free to explore'.

It promotes Transport Scotland’s scheme to offer free bus travel to young Scots under the age of 22.

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Duncan Cameron, managing director at First Bus Scotland, said: “Offering young people the freedom to explore their towns and cities, and get about independently, is incredibly important for social equality, personal growth and, of course, the environment.

"With a generation of young people more focused and aware of their environmental impact than ever before, this travel offering will go a long way in helping to cement green transport habits by shifting away from frequent individual car use and building a generation of bus users.

“We’re delighted to be working to raise awareness of this scheme and are hopeful that this sustainable travel scheme will go a long way in helping Glasgow meet its net-zero targets.

“I am also proud our mural is featured as part of the Barras Market, a historically significant destination in the city and an important part of our Glasgow network.”

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Social media singer-songwriter Archie, who supports the scheme, added: "The freedom that my bus pass gives me is just fantastic. Life is getting more and more expensive today and so, as a young person, being able to save money on travel can have a huge impact.

"I really value being able to get to and from my gigs, and out to see family and friends, without having to worry about how I’ll get there, so I’m keen to do my bit to make sure that young people in our city know that free travel is an option to them.”

More than half a million young people have signed up for their free travel passes so far, with an average of 658,000 journeys being made in Glasgow each month by cardholders.