Promises from Southern Rail to extend the Brighton Unizone to Hastings have caused confusion and feelings of fury to arise among students.
Southern Rail confirmed via their Twitter account that the Unizone is now applicable to students travelling to and from the Hastings campus. However unequal prices for students in Brighton and Eastbourne compared to those in Hastings have caused students to become bewildered by the scheme.
The Unizone allows students who hold a NUS extra card, or attend selected universities, to travel between the areas of the university campuses for a cost cut price, including the Worthing areas outside Brighton.
The practice is run by Southern Rail, who claim the Unizone now runs through Hastings, despite ticket prices being greater when travelling to and from Hastings.
According to the Southern Rail website, the cost for a weekly season ticket within the Unizone for a week is £17.80. The website does not mention that Hastings is involved in the service.
The cost for a student to buy the same ticket between Hastings and Brighton for a week of lectures is £54.90.
Many of the students have taken matters into their own hands, a small group of selected students met with Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd to discuss extending the Unizone ‘As soon as Possible.’
As well as Rudd, Green party MP Caroline Lucas and Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, have echoed Rudd’s support to the campaign with Kirby explaining he was ‘very interested to be involved in the scheme.’