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Changes to free school Transport from Sept 2019

8 March 2019

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The opt-in process for those pupils who are eligible for Suffolk CC funded school travel for the 2019/2020 school year opens on 1 March 2019 with a deadline of 31 May 2019.

All elligible children MUST OPT IN (ie apply) to get , or continue to get free travel.   There is NO AUTOMATIC RENEWAL. So, even if you have been getting free school travel , you won’t continue to get it unless you re-apply


This is when you will be eligible for free school travel

Starting a new school in Sept 2019, AND

Over 2miles (under 8yrs old), OR over 3 miles (8yrs or over) walking distance from nearest suitable school that would have had a place available for them. Still applies whether or not an application was actually made at that school.


  • For new pupils starting at secondary/upper schools parents will be informed if their child is eligible by 30 April 2019.
  • For new pupils starting at primary/middle schools in September 2019, parents will be informed if their child is eligible for SCC funded travel by 14 May 2019.

If parents do not hear from us by the date shown above and believe their child is eligible for SCC funded school travel, they should contact the Customer Service Team on 0345 606 6173 or email them at   Information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s current and receiving school.


Returning pupils

The new policy is being phased in.  This means that children who receive SCC funded school travel in the 2018/2019 school year will continue to receive this whilst they continue to attend the same school, unless they turn 8 years of age and live between 2 and 3 miles from their current school, or move house at which time eligibility would be reassessed.


Post-16 Travel Policy Statement for September 2019:

The Post-16 Policy has not changed other than agreed increases to the cost of a seat until the charge equals the average cost.  For September 2019/2020 school year the charge will be £750 per annum.

The financial contribution for students with SEND for 2019/2020 school year will be £690.


Gordon Jones                                              

Cabinet member for Children’s Services, Education & Skills