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Information and advice on travel and transport including home to school travel, travel training and travel passes and schemes that enable concessionary travel for disabled people.

Home To School Transport Policy

Nottinghamshire County Council has a transport policy for under 16 home to school transport and post-16 transport, which include arrangements for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. You can access these policies by clicking on the icons:

Under 16 Home to School Policy

Post 16 transport policy

Eligibility for Travel Assistance

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) do not have a special transport need. Wherever possible and appropriate, children and young people with SEND should be treated in the same way as those without, i.e. in general they should walk to school/college, travel on public transport or be taken by their parents/carers.

Travel assistance may be available for a child or young person living in Nottinghamshire if they are assessed as being eligible. Special needs travel assistance eligibility is determined by officers of Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services (TTS), based upon medical advice and other evidence as required.

A special transport need would be where the child or young person:

  • Lives within walking distance of the school/college but cannot walk or travel to school even if accompanied by a parent/carer
  • Is unable to use public transport when accompanied

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Travel Assistance

Applying for Special Needs Travel Assistance

Applications are assessed by officers of Nottinghamshire Transport and Travel Services Group. The quickest way to apply is either to:

  • apply online
  • ring the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80, where an assistant will complete an application with you over the phone.

You should also download and read a copy of the booklet [PDF] - Travel assistance for pupils with special educational needs, medical needs or a disability

You can also download an application form [Word].

If you need any help making your application, please ring the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.

Travel Assistance Options

If travel assistance is approved, this will normally take the form of one of the following:

    • Provision of a Direct Travel Assistance Payment (DTAP)
    • Parental mileage allowance
    • A bus or train pass
    • Provision of special/medical transport

Review of Travel Assistance

All arrangements for children and young people assessed as eligible for travel assistance will be kept under review as over time your child’s needs may change. For example, some children and young people may develop skills which will enable them to travel independently.

Young people attending Post-16 education at a College of Further Education or Independent Specialist Provider will need to apply and be assessed annually for travel assistance.

Independent Travel Training

The County Council operates an Independent Travel Training (ITT) programme.

All pupils/students will be enabled to undertake ITT unless they are assessed, by an officer of the Council and the pupil/student’s school/college, as being unlikely to benefit from such training.

Pupils/students who have successfully completed the ITT programme will be enabled to make this journey to school independently. Special transport will not be provided for these pupils/students unless their circumstances change significantly.

Travel Passes and Schemes

For information on various travel pass schemes operating within Nottinghamshireplease click on the following link: Travel Passes and Schemes 

Community and Voluntary Accessible Transport Schemes

There are several schemes, which offer services for people who have difficulty using, or are unable to use public transport services. These include specially adapted and fitted vehicles for users of wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Further information on these schemes and on alternative transport options can be found by clicking on the following link: Accessible Transport

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