College launches new student train pass with First Great Western

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Students at East Berkshire College, which has campuses in Langley and Windsor, can now save up to 50% on rail travel on First Great Western routes thanks to a brilliant new train pass scheme.

In association with First Great Western, the College has launched a fantastic new reduced fare rail card for those under 19 years old to help lower travel costs and encourage more students to use public transport.

The part-subsidised train pass will cost just £25 per term (or less for those from low income households who qualify for a further discount) and entitles the individual to child fares on First Great Western lines between Southall and Reading, including Hanwell, Maidenhead, Marlow, Windsor and Slough.

"We are delighted to be able to offer our current and future students the opportunity of discounted train fares," said Kate Webb, Principal of East Berkshire College. "We are committed to providing as much support as possible to our students, from financial assistance to careers advice and work experience. This train pass scheme is yet another way the College is helping to ensure learning is accessible to all."

Available to those who are under the age of 19 and enrolled on a full-time course, the pass is being part-subsidised by the College and will offer students up to 50% off rail travel from September 2015.

First Great Western's Head of Retail Stuart McLay said: "Dedicated to the communities we serve, this new scheme helps support travel to and from college, encouraging East Berkshire College's students to take the sustainable travel option."

In addition to the new train pass, East Berkshire College already offers an excellent bus pass scheme in conjunction with First Buses. Launched in 2012, the scheme enables students to save at least a third on bus travel on First Bus routes in Berkshire and the Thames Valley, including the Green Line London coach service.

As well as helping students save money on their journeys to and from college, the bus and train schemes are designed to encourage students to use more eco-friendly modes of transport and reduce the College's carbon footprint.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 full-time and part-time courses, call 01753 793000.

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