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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Lloyd calls for Unizone to extend to Eastbourne

January 22, 2014 5:39 PM

Stephen Lloyd MP has called on Southern Rail to extend their Unizone card scheme to the east as far as Eastbourne, to make it cheaper for students living in Eastbourne to attend university in Brighton.

Currently purchasing a Unizone ticket allows students unlimited travel in either the Brighton or Worthing areas. However, while the zones extend as far as Chichester in the west, they only extend as far as Falmer to the east. This is problematic to the many students who commute from Eastbourne to Brighton for university. Stephen has met with Paul Cooke from the Brighton Students' Union to discuss this, and taken the concerns to the Managing Director of Southern, Chris Burchell.

Stephen Lloyd MP said: "The Unizone is an excellent concept but it has never made sense that it does not reach as far as Eastbourne. With our growing town, thriving job prospects, picturesque seafront and quality of life, our town is a great place to live while studying, but this fare anomaly leaves local students at a financial disadvantage. I am very happy to join with the Brighton Students' Union in calling for the Unizone's extension and I have been lobbying Southern Rail for some time now. They are sympathetic to the idea, and I hope that by working together we will be able to find a way around this problem. Watch this space."

Paul Cooke, Vice President, Campus & Communications at Brighton Students' Union said: "It's fantastic that we have gained the support of our local MP on this campaign - especially as it's an issue that many of our Eastbourne students feel very strongly about. Having convenient and affordable transport links for all of our students travelling to Brighton is essential, and I will not stop campaigning until we fully achieve this."