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Cost of transport to school - rough survey

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OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 11:34:26

Can I ask please:

If your child travels to school by council/public transport and the journey is less than 3 miles away how much do you have to pay each year? Please can you tell me the mode of transport and rough distance.

Thank you very much

gingertoo Tue 23-Jun-09 11:38:01

I'll watch this thread with interest.....
Have just discovered that I'm going to have to pay £300 per year, per child for them to get the bus to their secondary school because we are out of catchment - we're about 10mins drive away.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 11:48:02

Do you know what distance that translates to gingertoo? (and if you don't mind saying, which county - I should have asked that too)

ErnestTheBavarian Tue 23-Jun-09 12:05:12

£300 pc pa - pa, ours are £100 pc pw - is a long way though. Thank God we don't have to pay. Doesn't help OP though, just thought I'd mention it...

foofi Tue 23-Jun-09 12:07:24

dd1 goes on train for £30 per month
dd1 goes on private minibus for £120 per term

PestoMonster Tue 23-Jun-09 12:11:47

Hello, my dd1 started at High School last September and we pay £5.00 each week for a 5 day bus pass.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 12:14:04

Thank you very much.
I'm asking cos our council want to charge £500/annum for a journey under 3 miles next year on a school bus. I want to see how hard we can push to get the cost down.

gingertoo Tue 23-Jun-09 12:22:41

I'm in Notts, Ohyoubadbadkitten, and I think its prob about 6 miles via country lanes.

The annoying thing is, my chosen school is actually nearer to our home than the catchment school, but that's another very long story...........

bruffin Tue 23-Jun-09 12:33:48

Ds's school is about 6 miles away and we pay £50-£60 a half term for the train.

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 12:48:01

So far, at least its looking like our council is going out on a limb with its charges. Thats something in our favour.

gingertoo - its such an annoying system!

roisin Tue 23-Jun-09 18:45:04

3.3 miles. It costs £8.70 per week for a bus pass (regular bus service, not a special school bus).

ie £340 per year (39 weeks).

NB We chose to send him to this school though. There is a school 3 mins walk away!

idobelieveinfairies Tue 23-Jun-09 18:48:40

Ours is done by school bus tickets..50p per trip.

sarah293 Tue 23-Jun-09 19:03:14

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OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 19:15:28

Riven - that is very ouch!

Thank you everyone for your replies

scienceteacher Tue 23-Jun-09 19:37:00

My boys spend around £2 per day on public transport to and from school. The actual school bus is £6. It's a distance of around 5 miles.

My 17-year old can pay child fares because he bought a £10 ID card from the council for that purpose.

MaureenMLove Tue 23-Jun-09 19:46:18

Blimey, that's a lot of money for some of you guys! shock Glad I live in London, all of a sudden!

Wilts Tue 23-Jun-09 19:52:03

We pay just £488 per year for Ds1, his school is about 6 miles away from home.

Wilts Tue 23-Jun-09 19:52:48

Not sure where the random just came from !

OhYouBadBadKitten Tue 23-Jun-09 22:15:51

lol at random just!

poopscoop Tue 23-Jun-09 22:18:22

we are out of catchment by 1 mile and it is £500 per year for the bus.

MrsBartlet Wed 24-Jun-09 21:19:33

We are in Essex and pay £10 a week for dd to go on a regular bus(not school bus)to her school which is about 3 miles away, so £390 per annum. It is not our catchment school though and even though that is further away the council pay to bus children from our area to it.

frogs Wed 24-Jun-09 21:23:53

Buses are free in London for under-16s, so nothing. IIRC you have to pay a £10 deposit for the travelcard.

sarah293 Thu 25-Jun-09 07:41:01

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purepurple Thu 25-Jun-09 07:44:50

DD goes on the school bus which is £1 each way.
The normal bus does not stop near our house. But if she walks to the bus stop (15 mins) the fare is 42p.
She also takes her bike some days, and has even been known to walk too. Her school is about 2 miles away.

sarah293 Thu 25-Jun-09 08:19:48

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