A CAMPAIGN to extend the coverage of the Southern Railway Unizone has been successful.
The student-friendly ticket system – comprising of Worthing and Brighton Unizone areas – currently covers all stations between Chichester and Eastbourne, but will soon extend further along the Coastway East route to Hastings.
Local MP Amber Rudd made the announcement following the 2015 Rail Summit on Friday:
Although the announcement is definitely a step in the right direction for both Brighton & Sussex Uni students, it is unclear as to whether this will be an extension on the Brighton Unizone ticket, or a whole new Unizone in itself.
The University of Brighton’s Student Union has battled for years to make public transport equally accessible for students across all campuses – their most recent success being the extension of the Brighton Unizone to Eastbourne last year.
Sophie Cohen, Vice President of Campus Communications for the SU, says, “It is brilliant to know that the students’ issues are now being addressed. I will, however, continue to campaign around this issue until more details have been released.”
If you want to get involved with the ongoing campaign to ensure they keep their promise, you can sign the petition here.
This great win for the Student Union will mean that the Unizone will soon cover all campuses with unlimited travel – the Worthing ticket covering stations from Chichester to Shoreham-by-Sea, and the Brighton ticket covering all stations from East Worthing to Hastings.
Students can purchase weekly, monthly or quarterly Worthing or Brighton Unizone tickets from all stations with valid NUS and rail ID cards (obtainable at all ticket offices).
By Nammie Matthews