FREE bus travel cards for Greater Manchester teenagers will be called "Our Pass", city region bosses have said.

A key part of mayor Andy Burnham’s manifesto, the public transport initiative will launch in September for 16 to 18 year olds.

Known as "opportunity passes" during development, the new title and purple design have been chosen in consultation with young people across the city region, the combined authority revealed on Thursday.

The mayor has previously said the scheme would hand teenagers a passport to study, serve apprenticeships or work with "horizons not limited by financial barriers".

It can also be used for access to careers events and taster days in addition to sport and cultural attractions.

Youth combined authority Our Pass lead member Rose Marley said: “We want it to help young people feel anything is possible, excited, believe that you can go anywhere and nothing is off limits.

“Young people have made the pass their own, by playing a central role in its design and deciding on the new name ready for its big launch this summer.”

Funding for the scheme has been found through a rise in the mayor’s council tax precept, as part of wider reforms of the region’s bus network.

In the longer term, contributions from local further education colleges and sponsorship are being sought.

Youth groups and parent organisations across the city region have worked with the youth combined authority to develop ‘Our Pass’, bosses said.

Hania Sulaiman, chair of GM Youth Combined Authority, said high prices on public transport "have been a concern for young people across GM for years".

And added: “I’m hoping this will show that collaborating with young people when creating services to meet our needs leads to better outcomes.”

Those aged 16 to 18 across the city region’s 10 districts can apply for the passes in July.