The commuter chaos brought on by the Southern rail strikes has racked up an eye watering bill for the Sussex Coast College (SCC), with an estimated £8000 spent on providing replacement buses for students since October.
The buses, costing £500 a trip are in place to prevent a surge of absences.
The SCC said it "is committed to helping students to attend and achieve" and "to ensure that students who live outside the Hastings and Bexhill area are aided to get to and from the College".
But the disruption for Hastings learners isn’t unique; the University of Brighton is experiencing a wave of late arrivals and absences for students and staff alike, but with no backup plan in place, some students are feeling abandoned by their university.
Lauren Kirkland at the Hastings campus expressed her frustrations at the effect on her education, saying that there has been no ‘support from the university’, ‘We’re having to adapt and work remotely as best as possible’ .
The strikes are set to continue this week, with no Southern services running today or Friday. With no end in sight for the rail disputes, It’s clear that the disruption and rising costs for the college have no end in sight.