Dudley Council provides education travel support for eligible children and young people up to the age of 25.
Travel support can come in a variety of forms including travel training, bus pass, personal allowance or other direct transport, as appropriate to individual pupils' needs as determined by Dudley Council.
COVID–19 Travel Support Information
The check sheets are extremely important, and are an instruction – we must do them for every child, every day. They are designed to keep all safe – Your staff, the children on transport and at the school, the school staff, and everybody’s family at home.
Whilst this may seem strange at first, we will all soon get into the habit and all will realise we are doing this for everybody’s benefit.
If a parent /carer is not able to answer NO to all the questions, then we can’t transport.
COVID-19 Arriving or leaving School or College
Where your child uses dedicated school or college transport (that is transport that does not cater for the general public), the guidance for public transport will not apply. Your child may be asked to use a regular seating plan on this transport (to reflect where possible the bubbles that are used within school), and measures will be put in place to ensure vehicles are cleaned regularly and boarding is managed.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term
All applications for home-to-school travel support are considered on an individual basis.
The home to school policy has recently been updated. Although the basic criteria for provision of transport is mostly the same, this has been done to clarify the policy and to make it easier to use and understand.
From September all new routes will be in place and children who receive home to school transport may see a small change to their service.
The previous framework had expired and we are legally required to re-tender for transport providers. We will continue to work closely with parents, carers, schools and transport providers to ensure transport is effective and efficient.
For more information for parents and carers please view the frequently asked questions document below or contact Dudley Council Plus.
Independent Travel Training Scheme
Trains young people who are transported into schools and colleges by council provided taxi/minibus, to become independent travellers. In the main, this is done using public transport, but if a young person wishes to undertake their chosen journey by bicycle, our trainers can also deliver cycle training. It is coordinated by Dudley MBC’s Road Safety and Travel Awareness team in partnership with Children’s Services Transport Team, and the Connexions Team.
Travel Support Allowance
We believe that many parents, children & young people who are entitled to free school travel support may prefer to make their own arrangements to get their child to school. We understand that the cost and other factors, such as other commitments to other children can prevent you from making your own travel arrangements. However, we also know that some children find using our taxis/minibuses embarrassing as it makes them stand out from other children and it can significantly increase the time spent travelling, which isn't great for your child or your family time.
Each Travel Support Allowance is tailored to meet the individual family circumstances, and all have been welcomed by the children and families concerned.