This transport policy statement is for:

  • students aged 16 to 19 in Further Education
  • continuing students aged 19 and over
  • 19 to 24 year old students who have a learning or a physical disability

Academic Year 2022 to 2023

Local authorities have a duty to prepare and publish an annual transport policy statement specifying the arrangements for the provision of transport or otherwise that the authority considers it necessary to make to facilitate the attendance of all persons of sixth form age upwards receiving education or training. It is for each council to decide the arrangements which are appropriate for its area.


Aims and objectives

The council’s aims for providing travel assistance to secondary age children and young people is:

  • to promote independent travel for all secondary age children unless it is clear that, following an assessment, they cannot travel to school safely due to their special educational needs and/or disability
  • to support parents and schools or colleges to encourage and promote independent travel for children at secondary school age
  • to develop sustainable methods of transport such as walking, cycling and the use of public transport to replace taxi travel to and from schools and colleges
  • for schools and parents to work collaboratively to develop children and young people’s independence by actively supporting independent travel trainers, as appropriate, to work with children for agreed periods of time
  • to develop life skills, self-confidence and self-esteem of children and young people within their local communities

Public transport discounts available to young people and students

Learners aged over 16 may access the following concessionary fares, discounts, subsidies, passes or travel cards made available by transport providers.

Bus travel

The following concessions are operated by Brighton & Hove Buses:

  • a bus ID card provides discounts for travel on Brighton & Hove Buses for young people aged 5 to18 - there is no charge for the card
  • special deals are also available to young people who are doing an apprenticeship 

Read more information about bus discounts for young people and bus discounts for students.

Discounts for 16 and 17 year olds

There are several travel discount options available to 16 and 17 year olds.

16-17 Saver

16 and 17 year olds with the 16-17 Saver will be eligible for 50% off standard Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance and Season tickets. The 16-17 Saver is available to buy for £30 on the 16-17 Saver website.

The 16-17 Saver is valid for one year or up until the holder’s 18th birthday, whichever comes first. However, season tickets bought with a 16-17 Saver discount before it expires, can be used for up to 4 months after the expiry date.

Unizone student tickets

If you’re studying in or around Brighton or Worthing, the Unizone ticket gives you unlimited travel at a discount. Read more about Southern Rail's Unizone student tickets

Young person's railcard

Young people aged 16 to 25 can purchase a young person’s railcard that entitles them to one third off travel throughout Britain after 10am on weekdays and off peak.

Special educational needs and disability

The special educational needs and disability (SEND) Local Offer gives children and young people in the city, who have special educational needs and/or a disability, information in one place.

The Brighton & Hove SEND Local Offer aims to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about what services and provisions are available in Brighton & Hove for parents and young people.

Independent Travel Training

All local authorities have a duty to encourage, enable, and assist the participation of young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities up to the age of 25 in education and training.

Independent Travel Training (ITT) supports young people in ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ as part of independent living and skills for life. We aim to maximise independence for all children and young people (where appropriate to do so), and to enable that independence as early as possible.

Based on the information given in an application, students will be assessed for suitability for our ITT programme. Travel training provides tailored and practical help in travelling by public transport, on foot or by bicycle for children and young people with SEND. Travel training aims to help people travel independently and without fear to education.

2022 to 2023 will be a pilot year where we aim to support circa 10 children and young people to travel independently to and from school.

Adult Learners - learners over 19 years of age

If a young person applies for a course or different course after their 19th birthday send an email to the Specialist Community Disability Service at

Travel support from schools and colleges

Some further education colleges within Brighton & Hove have their own travel schemes and parents and students are strongly advised to contact their preferred college to find out more.

Read more information about the colleges available within Brighton & Hove.

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help young people overcome specific barriers to participation so that they can remain in education.

All students should discuss with their school or college student support service whether they may be eligible with transport costs from the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

Read more about subsidised transport for 16 to 19 year old in education.

Young parents (Care to Learn)

If you are a young parent under 20 years old, Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare and related travel costs, up to £160 per child per week, while you are learning.

Care to Learn can help with the cost of:

  • childcare, including deposit and registration fees
  • a childcare 'taster' session (up to 5 days)
  • keeping your childcare place over the summer holidays
  • taking your child to the childcare provider Types of child care

Care to Learn is only available for courses in England that have some public funding. This includes courses that take place in:

  • schools
  • school sixth forms
  • sixth form colleges
  • other colleges and learning providers, including Foundation Learning
  • your community at Children's Centres

Young parents are also entitled to apply for an Under-19 Bus Only Ticket or for those aged 19 and over can apply for the 19 to 25 card.


Eligibility for Travel Assistance

The council regards where a student decides to study as an individual choice but considers it essential that students (and their parents carers) weigh up the home to college journey when deciding which school or college to attend as the council does not have a duty to provide transport assistance to post 16 students other than the arrangements contained in this policy.

Journey length, rurality and the nature of the route are factors for families to consider and take into account and these issues do not, in themselves, confer an entitlement to transport assistance.

The council recognises that some students may not be able to travel to school or college independently or may not yet be ready to do so. The council will consider offering some additional direct financial help towards travel costs for young people with low incomes in exceptional circumstances.

All students should discuss with their school or college student support service whether they may be eligible with transport costs from the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

Parents or carers must discuss travel to work experience with the college. The council will not make arrangements or provide funding for travel to work experience placements.

In all cases in order to qualify for assistance students must be:

  • living in the area of Brighton & Hove City Council when their course starts
  • taking or about to take a full-time further education course including A Levels, GCSEs, GNVQs, a BTEC National Diploma or an Art Foundation
  • taking or about to take a full-time further education course

A full time course is a course that takes up more than 15 hours a week. We do not normally offer assistance to students taking part-time courses. However, students who feel they may have an exceptional case may put this in writing and return an application form for special consideration.

Students must be aged under the age of 19 on 31st August before their course starts.

Assistance is not given for attendance at private schools or colleges.

Journey time and distance eligability

A student must be travelling over three miles to their nearest appropriate provider to become eligable for assistance.

We will not normally offer support for journeys from home to college that exceed 15 miles or one and a quarter hours’ travelling time. The council does not have a budget to help with residential costs.

If students want to attend a school or college outside Brighton & Hove they would be eligible for assistance only in cases where the course they want to study is essential to their career plan and there is no suitable course at a school or college campus in Brighton & Hove or they have special educational needs and there is no course appropriate to their needs in Brighton & Hove.

Students in care

Students looked after by the local authority must use same eligibility criteria as other children and students. However arrangements’ should be made and funded by the carer, as funding for this is provided in the allowances paid by the councils fostering teams (agencies and in house) to carers.

Changing career direction

If a student chooses to change career direction or course this may affect their eligibility for travel assistance. For students with low income applying for travel assistance they or their families must be receiving one of the following benefits or tax credits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • eligible students will be reimbursed by calculating the cheapest available fare for the journey and paying those expected costs which exceed the first £10.80 per week. As a Saver ticket bought with a Bus ID Card allows travel across the City for less than £10.80 per week, this means that, in normal circumstances, help is not offered to students attending colleges within Brighton & Hove

For students with a learning or a physical disability consideration will be made based on:

  • the student’s learning or physical disabilities
  • whether a similar course is available at a nearer school or college
  • the length of complexity of the journey and whether parents or carers could reasonably be expected to arrange transport or act as a chaperone themselves. If parents, carers or other family members are not available this should be fully explained in the application
  • whether it has been agreed that in such circumstances the mileage rate will be paid

In all cases a transport panel will review the application, take into account the factors raised and decide if travel assistance will be provided. The panel will decide the form of travel assistance to be offered. Please note that taxis will usually only be provided if necessity is proven and for students with severe disabilities and/or the most complex health needs. This may not always be a door to door service.

When travel assistance will not be withdrawn

Travel assistance will not be withdrawn in the course of an academic year, except where a programme of independent travel training has been completed successfully or a student’s circumstances have changed significantly.


Right of review or appeal

Any applicant who has been refused assistance with travel is entitled to ask for a review of the decision. Any request for review should be made in writing or by email to the Post 16 Transport Team within 20 working days of the council’s decision. Within 20 working days of receipt of the applicant’s request a senior officer within the council will review the decision.

If the applicant is unhappy with the outcome of the review they have 20 working days in which to appeal further to an independent panel of officers. The panel will be made up of three officers of the council who had no involvement in the original decision to refuse help with transport. The appeal panel will review the appeal within 40 days of receipt of the request. The panel does have the power to reach a different decision in individual cases.

The applicant has the right to make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) if they consider that there was a failure to comply with the procedural rules or if they consider there to have been any other irregularities in the way the appeal has been handled. The internal review/ appeal process must be completed before making a referral to the LGO.


If an applicant is unhappy with any aspect of the transport service, they should talk to the Post 16 Transport Team. The council will liaise with the taxi drivers on behalf of the applicant. The Post 16 transport team at the council can be contacted.

If the applicant complains about transport to the school/college, the school/college will inform the council and ask them to investigate the complaint. If a complaint about a transport provider is upheld, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken by the transport provider or in extreme cases the contract with a travel company may be terminated.


The Post 16 transport team can be contacted by telephone on 01273 295 196

or send an email to: 

New requests for special educational need and disabilities (SEND) transport should be made via the Home-to-School Transport Team. The special educational needs team can be contacted on 01273 293552

or send an email to: