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Greater Anglia offers students an affordable route to further education with new scholar tickets

Just Regional
Jul 31, 2013 2 mins read

Sixth formers and college students in Norfolk and Suffolk are benefiting from a new ‘Scholars ticket’ from train operator, Greater Anglia, which can save them over 50% on train travel to and from college.

Details of the great value fares can be found in a new leaflet which has been specially produced by the Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership with Greater Anglia, to promote student travel by train, with the aim of opening up the choice of schools and colleges along the lines where students could choose to study, by reducing the cost of travel.

The discounted rail season tickets are 10% cheaper than child fares, which adds up to a 60% discount on adult season ticket prices.

It means that school leavers wanting to go on to study A Levels or other vocational courses after GCSEs can consider travelling further afield to find a college that suits their needs and aspirations.

For example, a student travelling from Norwich to Paston College at North Walsham using the Anglia Plus Scholar Ticket would save £211.02 on an annual season ticket, paying just £172.60 rather than the £383.62 standard adult fare.

A student travelling to North Walsham from Wymondham would pay £231.70, saving almost £400 on the price of a standard adult annual season ticket.

Students can enjoy even further discounts as some colleges and local councils offer additional help with train fares.

The Post 16 Student Travel Scheme discount applies to tickets between any two stations on the Greater Anglia network (outside the London Travelcard and Oyster areas) that are valid for one month or longer – and annual and term tickets are available.

Applicants must be aged 16 – 18 and in full time education and should apply for the discount through their college in the first instance.

Greater Anglia’s Commercial Director, Andrew Camp, said: “The Post 16 Travel Scheme makes rail travel a fast, easy and affordable route to further education. It means that ticket prices are not a barrier to school leavers when choosing a college and taking the first steps towards fulfilling their ambitions. I am delighted that the Bittern and Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnerships have worked with us to produce this leaflet which demonstrates just how much students can save when they travel by train.”

 

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