Cut-price travel is just the ticket

on track: Stagecoach training officer Steve Hamilton launches the extended Stagecoach VIP scheme with apprentices Amy McCririe, left, and Sophie Johnson.
on track: Stagecoach training officer Steve Hamilton launches the extended Stagecoach VIP scheme with apprentices Amy McCririe, left, and Sophie Johnson.
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COLLEGE bosses have welcomed the expansion of a cut-price travel scheme which will help young people on their career ladders.

Stagecoach North East has revealed plans to extend its VIP scheme, which runs across Tyne and Wear, to include all people aged 18 and under from the end of this month.

The VIP scheme, which previously offered discounts on tickets to anyone in full-time education aged 18 and under, has been extended to include all young people. It will allow thousands more to benefit.

Dave Hall, director of work-based learning and apprenticeships at Sunderland College, said: “Many students at the college in part-time education – such as those on an apprenticeships – weren’t eligible to use the cards and receive the exclusive discounts. Now they can travel throughout Tyne and Wear, as well as to and from college, while enjoying cheaper ticket prices.”

Phil Medlicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “The scheme means they can travel across Tyne and Wear cheaply, safely and quickly, regardless of their occupation or educational status.”

For further information, visit www.stagecoachbus.com/northeast and application forms are available to download at www.buymyvip.com.