Under 16 Travel Assistance
Before you apply for travel assistance please read the information on this page to find out what’s available for your child.
The quickest way is to apply online. Once you’ve applied we’ll write to you with the outcome, and let you know how much you’ll have to pay.
If you know which school your child will be going to in September you can apply now.
Registering online is quick and easy, and from there you can make any changes or payments, and we’ll email you updates.
To ensure you receive travel assistance in time for the start of the September term, you need to apply by Wednesday 31 July. You can still apply after this, but you might not get it in time, and will be responsible for the travel costs until your application is processed.
If your child is a Season Pass holder, and is Under 16 on 1 September 2019, you’ll be sent a renewal offer in July or August.
If you have changed address or school, you need to reapply for travel assistance.
If your child’s travel pass is lost or damaged, there is a fee of £10 to replace it, and you can pay by calling our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80. We do not issue temporary passes, but some schools do - check with your school office whether they’ll supply you with one while your replacement pass is being processed.
If you've been offered a season pass you can pay for it through our website. Your offer email or letter will include the student’s ID, which you should quote when you make a payment.
School transport travel pass guide:
Under-16 travel assistance scheme
The Home to School Transport Policy and Post-16 Transport Policy Statement give full information regarding the eligibility criteria and entitlements.
The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their catchment school (or preferred school if closer).
|Age on 1 September 2019||Walking Distance Between Home and School||Type of Assistance|
|4 to 7*||2 Miles or over||Free Travel until the end of educational year in which 8th birthday falls (end of year 3)|
|Under 2 Miles||Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services|
|8 to 11||3 Miles or over||Free Travel until end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)|
|Under 3 miles||Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 11th birthday falls (end of year 6)|
|2 Miles or over
(Low Income Families)
|Free Travel is available for pupils under 11 years of age who are eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, if over 2 miles from school, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.|
|Over 11||3 Miles or over||Free Travel until end of educational year in which 16th birthday falls (end of year 11)|
|Under 3 miles||Assisted Travel may be offered on available bus services until the end of educational year in which 16th birthdays falls (end of year 11)|
|2 to 6 Miles
(Low Income Families)
|Free Travel is available for pupils attending one of the nearest 3 schools between 2 and 6 miles when eligible for free school meals, or whose parents are in receipt of maximum level working tax credit, for the duration of the educational year in which the award is made. This award is reviewed at the end of each educational year, in August.|
*Travel assistance is given from the start of the academic year in which the 5th birthday falls
Denominational (faith) schools transport
The rules covering home to school transport for children attending a denominational school (faith school) are slightly different.
The table below summarises the travel assistance that is available for children attending their nearest suitable school preferred on the grounds of religion or belief.
|Age||Income level||Type of Assistance|
|5 to 11||Low income||Free travel to school between 2 to 20 miles from home|
|N/A||Subsidised travel to school between 2 to 20 miles from home|
|11 to 16||Low income||Free travel to school between 2-25 miles from home|
|N/A||Subsidised travel to school between 2-25 miles from home|
The scheme will be provided for the purposes of home to school travel on school days only and not outside of standard school hours (local bus service timetables may apply).
The scheme will only provide free travel on existing school and local bus services. If your child has special educational needs or disabilities, travel assistance will be provided using existing school and local bus services, special transport services, a personal budget or parental mileage - subject to assessment of compatibility.
Change in circumstance
Any change in circumstances (eg moving home address, changing school etc) must be notified to TTS immediately in order for entitlement and provision to be reassessed. Previous entitlement does not guarantee that free travel will be provided in the future.
A new application for travel assistance will be required and would be considered in accordance with the home to school transport policy.
Full conditions of the scheme and details of how to apply are included in the under 16 travel scheme booklet.