New aid for college students from South Holland and South Kesteven

The Duke of Gloucester visits Peterborough Regional College on its 60th anniversary and unveils a plaque to mark his visit. Photo by David Lowndes.
The Duke of Gloucester visits Peterborough Regional College on its 60th anniversary and unveils a plaque to mark his visit. Photo by David Lowndes.

Full-time college students from South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings will soon get cut-price travel to and from a popular city further education college.

Young people living in Spalding, Pinchbeck, Crowland, Cowbit, Moulton, Whaplode and Holbeach who go to Peterborough Regional College are to be offered bus travel at a cost of just £150 a year from September.

We aim to do everything we can to support our students in accessing our high-quality education and training

Scott Cryer, director of finance and student recruitment, Peterborough Regional College

The reduction from £450 annually applies to students with a 30-mile radius of the college, meaning that young people from Morton, Bourne, Thurlby, Baston, Langtoft, Deeping St Nicholas, Deeping St James and Market Deeping can also take advantage of the offer.

It comes after a deal was sealed between the college and Cambridgeshire County Council which will save families almost £250,000 every year.

Scott Cryer, the college’s director of finance and student recruitment, said “We are the first choice for thousands of students from across the region, including Holbeach, Spalding, Bourne and Market Deeping.

“We aim to do everything we can to support our students in accessing our high-quality education and training because it is critical for them to have a competitive advantage when they apply to university or begin their careers.

“Our new partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council will help more people take advantage of our outstanding facilities and education, so we are proud to be helping so many families in these challenging economic times.”

“We look forward to working with the council and to seeing more students access the college buses at a fraction of the cost.

“What’s more if a household income is less than £25,000 and they are eligible to access our bursary, the cost of travel may be free.”