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St Helens College is excited to announce the launch of a new FREE bus service, aiming to improve connectivity and make the college more accessible for students who live longer distances away but still choose to study with us.

Picture of student with bus pass

The three new routes will cover areas including Maghull, Kirkby, Leigh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Halewood and South Liverpool helping students living in these areas to commute to College.

The new, free buses will be exclusively for students who attend St Helens College and will complement the existing support already in place which includes a free Arriva bus pass for the full academic year which can be used during term time, including evenings.

Julia Callaghan, Director of Customer Relations said, “We undertook research with existing students and new applicants to identify where these routes would be most appropriately placed. Whilst as a Town Centre campus, we are very well serviced by transport links, we are attracting more and more students from further afield. We care about our students and their travel times and ease of access is important to us so the introduction of this new bus should alleviate any barriers that are currently faced.”

Julia added, “Our students are discerning customers who take careful consideration when choosing their further education provider. By removing travel barriers, we are enabling students to have more choice when it comes to their next steps after school. Thus, widening the pool of sixth form and college providers that they can choose from.”

The new service has been launched in partnership with local, family run firm Hatton’s Travel. All three bus routes will stop at both the Town Centre Campus and the STEM Centre, Technology Campus and will be scheduled to complement timetables. The scheme launches in September 2017 with bus timetable information available at upcoming enrolment events in August.

For more information on the free bus service, or applying to become a student at St Helens College, please visit www.sthelens.ac.uk/freebus