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Getting to college just got a whole lot easier for new and existing students – thanks to the launch of a new dedicated college bus service.

Stoke on Trent College has teamed up with FirstBus to unveil four new routes that will operate direct to the college’s Cauldon and Burslem Campuses from September 2015.

For the first time, students from over 23 neighbourhoods including Meir, Cheadle, Blythe Bridge, Chesterton, Werrington and Fenton, will be able to hop on a direct service to both the campuses each weekday.

Mark Whittaker, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Stoke on Trent College, said: “We are very excited to be introducing a direct service to our college that will support people with their studies, especially those in more rural and hard to reach neighbourhoods.

It means that a large number of students who would have previously needed to catch two buses to college, and perhaps walk a fair distance too, will have a single bus ride that drops them at the college campus.

“For many, using the service will be completely free and will offer all our students the flexibility of being able to travel on other FirstBus services should they wish, on days when they are in college for partial days.

“As the only college in the area with a dedicated bus service for its students, we hope its popularity will help us expand the service to even further areas across the city in the near future.”

More than 300 students are expected to benefit from the four new services form September.

Students, including those on apprenticeships, will also be able to use their college bus travel pass on other FirstBus services during weekdays to get to and from their studies.

Full details about the new college bus services, the areas the cover and application form can be found at www.stokecoll.ac.uk

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