Southampton students are being offered discounted bus travel to college or sixth form as part of a scheme to help them get to class and ease the burden of staying in education .

The city council created the discounted bus travel card for 16 to 19-year-olds with Bluestar and First Bus , in response to the Government withdrawing the Education Maintenance Allowance for students.

The card gives students the chance of unlimited bus travel around Southampton between 6am and midnight during term-time and halfterm breaks for just £6 a week – almost a third cheaper than standard fares.

Re-launching the scheme, Southampton’s education boss Cllr Sarah Bogle, pictured, said: “It’s crucial that we as a council do all we can to remove any barriers that could prevent young people staying in education.”