Student rail fare changes

PUBLISHED: 09:35 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 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.

Commercial director Hugh Clancy said changes had been made in response to customer feedback.

He said: "We have reviewed 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.

He added that for students aged under 16, the child season ticket - which gives 50 per cent off - was available from periods of 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. Tickets can now be bought for shorter periods, from just one month up to a year.

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