Newcastle City Council Post 16 Transport Statement 2018/19

The following transport statement applies to travel in the 2018/19 academic year.

It must be noted that this Statement is currently under review by the People Directorate and is subject to change.

There is no automatic entitlement to free home to school or college transport once a student is over compulsory school age. Compulsory school age ceases on the last Friday in June in the school year in which a child reaches the age of 16. This is usually at the end of Year 11. However Newcastle City Council will provide support with travel to eligible learners aged 16 to 25 years to their place of study to promote participation, where the council deems it necessary.

Students with Special Educational Needs Disabilities(SEND)

Some students aged 16 to 25 years with Special Educational Need, a disability or a medical need may be eligible for travel support if they study full time on an approved course, provided that assistance is necessary in order for the student to attend the place of study. Support will usually be in the form of a travel permit unless exceptional circumstances apply. The local authority works in partnership with schools and colleges to promote independent travel and cost effective travel programmes where appropriate for students over compulsory school age.

Students with special educational needs or a disability aged 16 to 25 years who attend a Further Education College have the same entitlement to travel assistance as those attending a school setting, except for the following:

  • Escorts may be provided to a further education establishment if a student's disability or medical condition requires this.
  • Assistance required to alight from transportation must be organised by prior arrangement with the college staff.
  • Support is only available for attendance at establishments in the Newcastle area, except in exceptional circumstance

Applications for travel support for post-16 students with additional needs will be assessed in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Newcastle Home to School Travel Policy for students with additional needs.

Financial help for home to school/college travel through a Bursary Fund

Students aged 16 to 19 years continuing their education in a mainstream setting do not usually qualify for travel assistance. The Newcastle 16 to 19 School Bursary Scheme offers financial assistance for young people to continue their learning and this can help with travel costs.

You could get a Bursary of up to £1200 a year if you’re eligible. There are two types of bursaries: 

Standard bursary

To be eligible for the standard bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  • attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  • be starting Year 12, 13 or 14 in September 2018
  • be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2018
  • Living in a household with an annual income (including benefits and tax credits) below £25,000

Enhanced bursary

To be eligible for the enhanced bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  1. attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  2. be starting Year 12,13 or 14 in September 2018
  3. be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2018
  4. belong to one of the following groups:
  • be in care; or
  • recently left local authority care;or
  • receiving income support or Universal Credit in their own right; or
  • receiving income support or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or financially supporting yourself and someone who is dependent on you and who you are living with, such as a child or partner; or receiving Disability Living Allowances or Personal Independence Payments in your own right, as well as Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right.

If you aren’t in one of these groups you could still get a bursary depending on your personal circumstances. Ask your school, college or training provider’s student support services to see if you’re eligible in advance of your course starting.

Public transport information

A range of transport providers in Newcastle and across Tyne and Wear provide cheaper transport on the Metro, buses, ferry and local rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland for students with a valid student ID card.

North East VIP tickets – cheaper travel for under 19s!

If you’re under 19 and have an ID card, you can buy a Stagecoach VIP ticket. You’ll be able to use it on our buses in Tyne & Wear and The Tees Valley as often as you like. 

You’ll have to prove you’re a VIP (between 5 and 18 years old) when you buy your ticket or get on the bus. To do this, you can use a:

If you haven't got an ID card, you can download our VIP application form.

Free bus and discounted bus and Metro travel if you are disabled

If you have a disability, meet the eligibility criteria, live in Tyne and Wear and have a Concessionary Travel Pass, you can travel on buses in Tyne and Wear for free after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and public holidays.

Metro travel is not free however you can pay the concessionary fare by buying a Metro Gold Card, which you can use with your Concessionary Travel Pass. Everyone applying for a Concessionary Travel Pass has to be assessed by Social Services.

For more information:

Phone: Nexus on 0191 20 20 747 

Or apply online at:

Nexus - Companion Card

A companion card allows a person with a disability to take someone with them on public transport free of charge. You will automatically qualify for a companion card if you receive either of the following:

  • Higher rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • High rate Attendance Allowance

You may still be eligible if you don't receive either of these benefits.

How to apply: You’ll need to complete a Companion Card application form. Request one by calling 0191 20 20 747, emailing or writing to:

Companion Card Applications, Nexus, Nexus House, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4AX.

Or you can pick one up from a Nexus TravelShop – just ask for a Companion Card application pack.

Taxicard - cheaper taxi travel

If you have a mobility difficulty, the Nexus TaxiCard scheme can help you to travel independently. It allows you to travel with one of their approved taxi companies at a discounted price. Members get issued with a card which is credited with a set amount of money every year - you use the money on your card to help pay towards each journey you make. TaxiCard is an annual scheme, but there are two application deadlines where you can apply to join each year. For more information:

Phone: Nexus Customer Services Team on 0191 20 20 747 7 days a week between 7am and 9pm

Web: Taxicard

Independent travel training

A transition review will be a key time to look at implementing Independent Travel Arrangements and to put in place training to support this with your child where appropriate.  Young people with special educational needs and disabilities have told us how important it is to be able to access travel independently and learn those skills for life.

All young people who access this training will be mentored to try out their home to school route before being passed as having the necessary skills and confidence to travel independently.

Once your child has had this training and is skilled up to travel independently a travel pass will be issued and any other transport arrangements will cease.

A letter will be sent to successful Independent travellers outlining their new offer in time for the start of the new September term.

Personal Travel Budget (PTB) for children  with additional needs

Personal Travel Budgets will help you to arrange your child's home to school travel arrangements in a way that suits your personal circumstances.

A Personal Travel Budget (PTB) is provided to parents or carers of children with Special Education Needs Disability (SEND) who are eligible for travel assistance. It allows families to make flexible arrangements, monitor the quality of their child's transport directly or they could work with other families to achieve the best possible travel arrangements for their children

What are the benefits of personal travel budgets?

  • To provides freedom and flexibility for your family to choose the most appropriate travel arrangements for your child that best fit with your personal circumstances. 

  • It provides choice and control over how funding is used to get your child to and from school on time in a way that suits you, your child and your family. 

  • It ensures resources are distributed in a fair way according to need. 

  • It allows you to explore opportunities to share with other parents and potentially increase your buying power. 

  • It offers families an alternative to the traditional services that the city council can provide.

Who can get a Personal Travel Budget?

You can get a PTB if your child is eligible for travel assistance from the city council. Additionally, when deciding to offer a PTB, we would look at your child's attendance record at school. You may be refused a PTB if your child's attendance is currently below 80% (this means 64 half day sessions or 32 full days in a school year).

For more information please contact the SEND Transport Team on 0191 0191 2774646 between 8.30am 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.  If you prefer you can email

Blue Badge Scheme

If you have a disability (eligibility criteria applies), having a Blue Badge allows you to park near to places you want to go. A blue badge costs £10 and you can apply online.

For more information:

There is a national helpline for general enquiries for Blue Badges.  The Initial Enquiry Support Service (IESS) is a national service provided by Northgate as a point of contact for people wanting information about the Blue Badge scheme.  The service can be contacted via telephone on 0844 4630213 or via email to

Web page: Blue badge scheme | Disability Rights UK

Appealing a decision not to provide Transport

If you wish to appeal or complain against a decision not to provide transport support to a post-16 student, please complete our online complaints form. You must state why you disagree with the decision and provide any additional information to support your complaint. We will review our decision in the light of any new evidence provided, this will then be communicated to the learner within 15 days

Further information about SEND Transport is available from:

SEND Transport
3rd Floor
Newcastle City Council
Civic Centre
Barras Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne

Phone: 0191 2774646 

Page last updated: 
23 August 2018
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