Maria Miller MP officially opened the doors to the new EV Training Centre on Friday 23 October.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been working with Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) and Stagecoach to address car park capacity issues at the college and to combat associated problems with parking in the area.
On production of their BCoT ID card, BCoT students will be able to park their car at the Leisure Park and use the Centre Shuttle bus service which runs daily between 7am to 10.30pm, for just 75p return.
The Stagecoach Megarider ticket will also now be accepted on this bus, so anyone with one of these tickets will be able to use it instead of paying cash.
The bus drops off and picks up from the bus stop on Churchill Way West by Sinclair Drive, a short and easy walk from BCoT.
It is hoped that this convenient and cheap way to travel to and from the college will help students find a parking place more easily and reduce the number of students’ cars parked close to the college.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety Cllr Simon Bound said: “We’ve worked with the college and with Stagecoach to provide this additional service on the Centre Shuttle which we hope that many students will take advantage of.
“We’ve listened to concerns from local residents about parking in the area around the college, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to work with our partners to help to combat this.”
Anthony Bravo, Principal of BCoT, said: “Our partnership with the council and Stagecoach has brought about an innovative solution for both students, residents and the college.
"Students now have a cheap and convenient alternative to parking on campus which we are sure will be of benefit to them and to the local community.”