Children from low income families
In accordance with the Education and Inspections Act 2006, children aged between 8 and 11 from low income families (defined as those whose children are entitled to free school meals or who are in receipt of the maximum level of Working Tax Credit) who are resident in Trafford will be eligible to receive travel assistance to any school, which is more than two or less than six miles away.
Applications must be resubmitted annually. If your circumstances have changed your child may no longer be eligible to receive travel assistance.
Trafford residents will be eligible to receive travel assistance in the following circumstances:
Children aged between 8 and 11, living 3 miles or more from the nearest available school;
Children under 8 living 2 miles or more from the nearest available school. The Council does not have a duty to provide travel assistance to children below statutory school age.
Pupils will not be entitled to a travel pass if:
- You have chosen to send your child to a school that is not the nearest school to your home.
- You have moved house within Trafford but your child continues to attend a school that is not the nearest eligible school.
- You have moved to live in Trafford but your child continues to attend a non-Trafford school.
- Your child attends an independent school as a fee payer.
Journey variance vouchers
A free travel pass entitles a child to make a single journey to and from school each day. However, Journey Variance Vouchers are available from the school. If authorised by the Head and endorsed with the school stamp, these vouchers allow travel pass holders to travel between home and school at other than the usual times. This is to enable the child to take part in after-school activities.
Car mileage allowance
Parents of pupils eligible to receive a free travel pass may choose to make their own transport arrangements and can claim a car mileage refund at a rate of 45 pence per mile or the equivalent cost of the free Travel Pass, whichever is the lesser. Costs will be reimbursed termly in arrears based on the pupil’s attendance at school.
In all cases the measurement used will be the shortest walking distance from home to school calculated using various GIS systems as appropriate. Applications must be resubmitted annually. If your circumstances have changed, your child may no longer be eligible to receive travel assistance.
Appeals against eligibility for free transport decisions
Find out how to appeal about a decision about travel assistance.
This section informs applicants how to appeal a decision made by Trafford Council where the applicant is not happy with the refusal of their application or where the application has been approved, they are not satisfied with the type of travel assistance offered.
Please note that once an application has been through the appeals process a new application will not be considered unless there has been a significant and material change in circumstances.
If your child does not qualify for free travel within the terms of Trafford’s policy, you may benefit from the range of travel concessions for young people funded by Trafford, as part of Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). For more information you should contact the TfGM Passes and Permits Department - telephone number 0161 244 1050. Details of all bus services operated by TfGM can be viewed on www.tfgm.com
Sustainable Modes of Travel Strategy
As required by the Education and Inspections Act (2006) Trafford’s Sustainable Mode of Travel Strategy promotes sustainable travel and includes walking, cycling and public transport initiatives. It recognises the benefits of such schemes, which include less pollution, reduced school gate congestion, healthier children and increased awareness of road safety issues. Trafford Council therefore encourages parents to take their children to school by walking, cycling or public transport whenever possible.
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