BARNSLEY Council has approved a price increase for the MiCard discounted travel scheme.

Ruling cabinet members gave the green light to add 10p to its price, with it due to take effect on June 1.

MiCard - which currently allows those up to 18 to travel on buses for 30p - will have its price increased to 40p. 

The travel discount applies to all bus journeys in Barnsley, and those between the town and other South Yorkshire districts which start or finish in Barnsley.

At their meeting, cabinet members heard there was a need to revisit the operating costs of MiCard in view of a forecast increase in the operating cost.

The revised scheme is estimated to cost £900,000, saving approximately £400,000.