The train company has been put under pressure in recent years from both the University of Brighton and local MP’s from Eastbourne and Hastings, to extend the scheme to these two campus’s.
The Uni-zone scheme allows students with railway cards to travel currently between Chichester and Falmer with lower rail fares, even during peak times.
However, with the rest of the campus’s being over looked despite so many students living outside Brighton’s main campus in Moulsecoomb, many within the University believe this scheme should be extended to every campus.
Eastbourne MP, Stephen Lloyd, has been in discussions with Southern Rail to extend the scheme for the many students who live in Eastbourne and travel each and every day to other campuses within the University.
A spokesperson from Southern railway commented saying,
“The good news is that work to make this happen is well underway and we hope to extend the Uni-zone scheme to Eastbourne in the spring.”
However no comment was made about the scheme extending to the Hastings campus.
Bruno Batista, Student Union administrator for Hastings believe that by Eastbourne gaining the scheme it would encourage the zone to be extended to the Hastings campus, he went on further to add that he and the student union have been working closely with Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne and Hastings MP Amber Rudd to encourage the rail company to offer the scheme to all campus’s.