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Metrobus offers Crawley families discount on back to school child tickets

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Metrobus is offering families 5% off back to school child tickets on a key card or mobile app if they buy them before Sunday 23 August and avoid the last minute rush.  

The bus company’s free child key card offers access to great deals for young people aged between 5 and 16. With this card, you can load tickets straight on to the key card online, use it to accompany child mobile tickets on the app, or to pay a reduced cash fare from the driver. 

To get the discount, all you need is to do is to quote the code ‘BACK2SCHOOL’ online, on our mobile app or in store. If you have more than one child, they all get the discount.  

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“Get in early and get your first child key card. It is vital so that we can avoid the queues and delays that social distancing will cause due to reduced capacity at our travel shops. That is why we created an added incentive.  

“We know parents and carers have a lot to think about before their children go back to school, rushing around buying school uniform, lunchboxes and school shoes. I hope this goes some way to helping out families before the school term starts.” 

To get your child’s first key card, pop into Crawley or Redhill travel shop with proof of date of birth. Our colleagues can take your child’s photograph – or bring a passport photo – and we will process your card on the spot.  

If your child already has a key card, the bus company is encouraging parents/guardians to top it up online and avoid long queues where travel shops are at reduced capacity. 

For more information, click here. 

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration

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Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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