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Apply for travel assistance

Before you apply

You need to see if you would qualify before you make an application, you can find out in our 'Will you qualify?' section of our website, you also need to make sure you have read our policy documents and privacy notice.

  • If you're applying for transport for the next academic year (2019/20) submit your application by 1 June 2019. We assess next year applications from May onwards and will write to you to confirm the outcome as soon as possible.
  • If you apply after 1 June 2019, transport cannot be guaranteed for the start of the school year. 
  • For applications outside of the annual application process (the current academic year) we will try to provide this within 10 working days. Where this is not possible, we will advise families and make a transport offer as soon as possible.


This application is if your child is attending a mainstream school and does not have a disability that prevents them from accessing a mainstream school bus or public transport services, and they are aged between 4 and 16.

Application for primary and secondary school

Special educational needs (SEN)/disability

This application is if your child has a SEN, Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a disability which has a substantial long-term effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities but does not have an EHCP.

SEN application

Medical needs

This application is if your child has a medical condition that presents a short term physical difficulty, for example, a broken bone.

Medical needs application

Over 16

There is no legal duty for us to provide over 16 transport for mainstream students. However the we will consider individual cases where the student is attending their local college and hardship or low income can be demonstrated.

Discretionary hardship application

Paper version for printing (PDF, 277KB)

You may also be able to access alternative sources of funding for your travelling, please see the benefits booklet attached below for further information. Examples of funding sources include the 16-19 Bursary Fund and Concessionary Travel.

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