Rail Concession For Students Makes A Welcome Return - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
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Rail Concession For Students Makes A Welcome Return

Discounts that save students money when they are travelling by train to college are back on track.

The concessionary scheme was at risk when a grant that funded the post-16 season ticket discounts came to an end.

It meant that several hundred students aged 16-19 in West Sussex would have had to pay full price for their train travel. But, following negotiations with rail operator Southern Railway, the scheme has been reinstated.

West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council worked on the project to ensure that students in all parts of Sussex will benefit.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “This will be very welcome news for students and their parents, and I am grateful to Southern.

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

“I now want to make sure all students in West 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, students need to get a Sussex Student Card. To do so they should visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/schooltransport  and follow the links to “Find out more about Sussex Student Card”