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Bus fares for 16 - 18 yo's

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sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:04:10

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ZoeC Tue 27-Jan-09 11:09:20

How far away is it? I remember our 6th Form had bus passes given to the ones who had to come in from the surrounding villages but anyone who lived in the town itself would make their own way.

sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:10:50

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Bramshott Tue 27-Jan-09 11:11:44

Can you ring the council? Ours has a school transport unit.

sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:14:40

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PenelopePitstops Tue 27-Jan-09 11:17:31

riven whats the bus company that runs the bus? try contacting them as a weekyl pass or similar may be much cheaper

this is very unusual and I would contact the concil again and the lea

ZoeC Tue 27-Jan-09 11:17:44

Your council site (according to your profile location) seems to say the colleges offer discounted bus tickets so seems funny the college didn't seem to be aware of this.

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 11:21:00

ring the bus dd doesn't have a bus pass but the bus company allow students to pay half-price

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 11:22:11

why doesn't he qualiy for full EMA? at least that is £20 out of the £30 bus fare though

sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:24:15

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sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:26:10

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PenelopePitstops Tue 27-Jan-09 11:27:45

thats really rubbish riven

surely the council must have some say in this

where we are you can get a card that says you are a student and you onnly have to pay half fares

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 11:28:12

oh right, i didn't realise your circumstances had changed, sorry.

My dd doesn't get any EMA...she says she is the only one in her entire group of friends that doesn't...? hmm

sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 11:30:13

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PenelopePitstops Tue 27-Jan-09 11:34:51

I would contact the LEA and try and get something, explain that the EMA won't even cover the bus fare.

Bramshott Tue 27-Jan-09 11:41:46

Blimey, I didn't realise they could do that (only provide transport for disabled students over 16). And then they wonder why so many colleges have parking problems! Would it be cheaper to get him a scooter?

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 12:10:37

That's rubbish...but at least you only have to find an extra £10 per week there any way he could find a part-time job to earn this?

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 12:30:12

could you try and speak to [[ First]] and ask them about the bus service/timetable into they do an annual student card for £10 that then means discounted travel for a year

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 12:32:00

First sorry!

duchesse Tue 27-Jan-09 12:39:29

Same here, riven. I asked in the stagecoach office last week about my son who will turn 16 in July. Apparently Exeter city gives 16-18 yr old in education passes to bring their ticket price down to the child fare, but because we 5 miles outside Exeter, my son's fare will cost us £4.80 a day return (vs £2.70 now).

Bramshott Tue 27-Jan-09 13:56:56

This thread has made me quite angry - 10 years in advance!!!

We are in a rural area so DD, along with the other children in the village, gets a taxi (provided by the LEA) to school now, and will continue to do so when she goes to secondary school. What had not of course even occurred to me until now, is that she won't get transport once she goes to college, and of course she won't be able to drive because she's too young (even supposing she could afford a car and in any case, the College has huge parking problems and not enough parking) and there's no public bus service. So the first time I will have to do a school run is when she's 16 - surely madness!!!

Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 13:57:54

I think you need to start campaigning to the council..they do say it is under review...?

sarah293 Tue 27-Jan-09 15:26:49

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Dropdeadfred Tue 27-Jan-09 18:16:15

But the EMA is to help with bus fares isn't it?
I think you should wrie to your council though, although they don't have to suppply free travel they should be willing to subsidise it for students

scienceteacher Thu 29-Jan-09 22:03:04

My sixth-former has a £10 ID card that allows him to get half-fares on the bus. He has to take the journey he nominated, and it has to start and end within the borough.

This is a Surrey County Council funded scheme and he is at an independent school.

It is crazy if other councils aren't offering this - just to get cars off the road.

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