Rail operator makes changes to its student scheme
PUBLISHED: 10:51 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009
A RAIL operator has made changes to its scheme that entitles students to discounted travel. The Student Connect scheme enables youngsters aged 16 to 18 to buy cheaper season tickets to travel to and from their school or college. The scheme is free to join
A RAIL operator has made changes to its scheme that entitles students to discounted travel.
The Student Connect scheme enables youngsters aged 16 to 18 to buy cheaper season tickets to travel to and from their school or college.
The scheme is free to join and available across most of First Capital Connect's northern network, which includes stations throughout Times Territory.
Commerical director Hugh Clancy said the changes have been made in response to customer feedback.
He said: "We have reviewed all the schemes that were available before our franchise began in April 2006.
"They had developed in an ad hoc way with wildly different terms.
"The new scheme offers a consistent discount of 34 per cent for all qualifying students across our network north of London.
"Following customer feedback, we believe that the scheme will now be more flexible over the periods for which season tickets are available and easier to use.
He added that for students aged under 16, the child season ticket - which gives 50 per cent off - is available from periods from one week to a year.
The new Student Connect scheme was launched via a direct mail campaign to schools and colleges in November.
The implemented changes include more stations being included in the scheme, and tickets can now be purchased for shorter periods, from just one month up to a year.
Mr Clancy added: "The scheme will continue throughout the academic year 2008/9 and we will consult local educational authorities and those schools involved to ensure the scheme meets their students' requirements."
* The attached map shows the availability of the Student Connect Card, which is essentially for travel contra-peak (south to north in the morning and north to south in the afternoons) from stations in Zone B to stations in Zone A.
In Zone A it can be used for travel in either direction.
Full terms and conditions are available from www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/studentconnect
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