Students to benefit from two thirds reduction in bus travel costs to Peterborough Regional College
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Full time students of all ages are being offered cut price travel to Peterborough Regional College.
The college has agreed to run Cambridgeshire County Council bus routes alongside its own existing bus network which brings hundreds of students to the College from a 30 mile radius from September 2015.
The deal will see the college offering a much lower cost of bus travel, with a saving to families of young people of 66 per cent, making the cost of getting to it £150 per year. It is estimated that this will save families almost £250,000 every year.
Scott Cryer, who led on the negotiations with Cambridgeshire County Council and is director of finance and student recruitment at the college, said: “We look forward to working with the council and to seeing more students access the College buses at a fraction of the cost.
“What’s more if a household income is less than £25,000 and they are eligible to access our bursary the cost of travel may be free.”
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Councillor Joan Whitehead, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “I am delighted with this initiative, which is an excellent example of partnership working between Peterborough Regional College and Cambridgeshire County Council.
“I am very pleased that it will directly benefit students attending the college.”
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The college’s bus routes and pick up times are still being finalised but it is expected that the following areas will have a pickup point: Manea, Chatteris (New Road), Chatteris (Huntingdon Road), Ramsey Forty Foot, Pondersbridge, Doddington, Wimblington, March (South, Central, North & West), Turves, Coates, Eastrea, Whittlesey (various pickup points), Wisbech (various pickup points), Wisbech St Mary, Murrow, Guyhirn and Thorney.