Student rail fare scheme back on track

DISCOUNTS for students travelling by train to college are back on track.

The concessionary scheme had to be stopped when a grant that funded the post-16 discounts was scrapped by the Government.

It meant that several hundred students aged 16-19 in East Sussex had to pay full price for their train travel.

But following negotiation with rail operator Southern, the scheme has been reinstated.

Councillor Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for learning and school effectiveness said: “This is very good news indeed for several hundred students.

“It was very disappointing that various concessionary discount schemes for post-16 students had to end when the grant from the Government was stopped. I am delighted that the 34 per cent rail discount is back in place.

“When changes were made to the post-16 schemes we wrote to each student to explain what was available and what wasn’t. That made it clear the rail discount was no longer available.

“I want to make sure all students in East Sussex, travelling by train to their sixth form college or further education studies know they can once again benefit.”

To ensure they can obtain their discount from the rail company, East Sussex students need to get a Sussex Student Card.

To do so they should visit www.connexions360.org and follow the links to ‘travel’ and ‘rail discounts’.