Post-16 travel assistance for SEND students

5/18/2022 4:47:36 PM

3. Help with travel costs

Public buses and trains

Most bus and rail transport operators in Buckinghamshire offer special tickets for students. Further details are outlined below. Please contact the travel operator direct for further information.

Visit our buses and trains webpage for information about public buses and trains in Buckinghamshire.

Please be aware that travel operators set their fares and routes independently of the Council so the details provided below may change at short notice. Before travelling please contact the travel operator direct for up to date route and fare information.

Arriva

Arriva offer daily, weekly, monthly and annual Student Saver tickets for their bus routes. Students are entitled to a student discount on production of a valid student card i.e. an NUS, ISIC, or College ID card.

Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways offer season tickets for periods of a week, month, over a month or a year.

Holders of monthly or longer season tickets or Travelcard season tickets valid to High Wycombe station can currently use their ticket to travel free on local Arriva buses and Service 8 / X8 within the High Wycombe Town zone at any time of day, 7 days a week.

Holders of monthly or longer season tickets or Travelcard season tickets valid to Aylesbury station or Aylesbury Vale Parkway station can currently use their ticket to travel free on local Arriva, Silver Rider (Route 1), Water Rider (Routes 6 and 6A), Green (Route 4) and Service 14 buses within the Aylesbury fare zone at any time of day, 7 days a week.

Carousel Buses

Carousel Buses offer daily, weekly, monthly and other time period zone tickets. There are a number of special discounts for Buckinghamshire College Group students.

Redline Buses, Red Rose Travel and Red Eagle

Redline Buses, Red Rose Travel and Red Eagle offer daily, weekly, 4 weekly and other time period zone tickets. They also offer a range of termly and annual student passes.

16-25 Railcard and 16-17 Saver

16-25 Railcards give people aged between 16 and 25 one-third off most off-peak rail fares. It should be noted that for all journeys made between 4.30am and 10.00am Monday to Friday a minimum fare of £12 is payable.

The 16-17 Saver gives 16 and 17 year olds 50% off most rail fares every day of the year with no time restrictions and no minimum fare. There are some tickets and routes where the 16-17 Saver cannot be used.

Yoti CitizenCard

Buckinghamshire residents aged 16 and 17 can get discounted bus travel with a Yoti CitizenCard. This proof of age card allows you to travel on some buses within Buckinghamshire for a reduced single fare.

The Yoti CitizenCard is available free of charge via Buckinghamshire schools and colleges, or for a reduced cost of £5 from CitizenCard (normal cost £15).

The card is only valid for journeys after 9am on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays.

Other transport providers

Other transport providers may offer discount schemes. Please contact them direct for details.

Travel Schemes offered by colleges

The following colleges operate their own travel schemes. Please contact the colleges directly for further information.

Other colleges may be able to assist with transport costs. For further information please contact the Student Services department of the college.

Bursary schemes

If you pay for transport arranged by us, you can apply for financial support through the bursary schemes that are managed by your child’s school or setting. If you receive a bursary award, your school or setting will pay this directly to you.

There are two types of bursaries which students can apply to for financial assistance.

See more information on financial help at college and university.

Severe financial hardship

If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, you can apply to our Post-16 Transport Exceptions Panel review process.

We will consider applications and if severe financial hardship is evidenced, we can:

  • delay or extend the payment period for the reduced annual fee
  • reduce the annual fee further
  • waive the annual fee completely

Eligibility criteria 

To be eligible for consideration, you must demonstrate that:
  • you have applied for the reduced annual fee in your original application for transport and the reduced annual fee has already been awarded
  • you have applied to your child’s educational setting for one of the two bursary schemes and have received an outcome decision
  • the reduced annual fee is not affordable because you would not be able to meet your essential living needs by paying the charge

You will need to provide supporting evidence of the financial circumstances for your household which evidence the eligibility criteria, as well as evidence of application to bursary schemes.

Family circumstances such as receiving benefits or being a single parent household are not sufficient reasons alone for agreeing an application. However, they may be taken into account if there are also other reasons that together represent severe financial hardship.

In making a decision, we will consider whether sufficient evidence of severe financial hardship has been demonstrated.

If the financial hardship is likely to be temporary, we may be able to delay or extend the period over which the reduced annual fee will be paid. We can consider reducing the annual fee further to a level that is reasonable to enable you to meet your essential living needs. Where there is evidence that the financial hardship is likely to be long-lasting and very severe, we will consider waiving the annual fee completely.

To apply to the Post-16 Transport Exceptions Panel review process please contact us.

For further information on bursaries please see our Post-16 Transport Policy Statement 2022/23 and our SEND bursary information webpage. 

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Last updated: 18 May 2022

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