Travelling to College
We want to make travel as easy as possible for our students and you may be eligible for help with travel costs. Please contact Student Services for more information or see the Student Finance page. Alternatively, you can use Traveline.
There are a number of different transport options available depending on where you live.
College Subsidised Bus Travel
The college offers six subsidised bus routes from Whitchurch & Market Drayton, Telford & Wellington, Ludlow & Craven Arms, Oswestry and Bridgnorth. The bus routes operate at set times, arriving for the start of the college day and departing following the last lesson of the day.
Further details of the bus stops and the application form can be found via the link below.
Transport for Wales Rail Services
The Transport for Wales Educational Season Ticket Scheme offers discounted rail tickets for students in full-time education. Instead of paying the adult rate at the age of 16, students up to the age of 18 can qualify for the child rate (55% off the adult rate). Once the student turns 18, they would still be able to get 5% off the adult rate.
Further details and the application form can be found via the link below.
Transport Assistance – Shropshire Council
Shropshire Council provides help with transport to College if all the following apply:
- You are aged under 19
- You currently live in Shropshire
- The College is the designated post-16 provider/college for where you live and
- You live 3 or more miles away from College.
If you meet the above criteria, a contribution of £875 per academic year (or 3 termly instalments of £295), towards the cost of transport, is payable unless you are on defined benefits (e.g. families on Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Free School meals or Child Tax Credits where the current income is less than £16,190) in which case a contribution of £280 per academic year is charged. Prices are based on 19/20 and may be subject to change.
You can choose to pay termly or annually. The travel pass will be issued once the contribution has been paid and can be collected from Student Services.
How to apply for Post-16 Transport Assistance through Shropshire Council
- Complete an application form, available from Student Services or the Council
- Online at www.shropshire.gov.uk
- Over the phone by calling 0345 678 9006.
In some cases, it may be better value to purchase season tickets directly from your local transport operator, rather than contributing via the Council’s post-16 Contribution Scheme. We would therefore recommend that before making a payment to the Council’s post-16 contribution scheme, you check that this is the most cost-effective method of purchasing season tickets.
You can contact Student Services for prices if you are unsure.
What happens if the Council declines my application?
- You can apply to the College’s 16-19 Bursary Fund for a contribution to your transport costs if your gross household income is below £26,000. Please enquire at Student Services for more information. Application forms for the Bursary Fund will be available from Student Services and on the Student Finance page
- You can apply to Arriva Bus Midlands, Transport for Wales Rail Services or your local transport provider for a Student Season Ticket.
If you are only applying for a council travel pass you will need to contact your own council area. If you reside in Telford & Wrekin or Powys, you will need to contact their Transport Department if you think you are eligible for Transport Assistance.
Arriva Bus Midlands – Student Saver Scheme
Students can buy a Student Saver ticket lasting for a term or full academic year. You will be eligible for unlimited bus travel across the Midlands 7 days a week including evenings and weekends. The cost is as follows:
- West Midlands Annual Student Saver - £555
- West Midlands Academic Year Student Saver - £535
- West Midlands Autumn Term Student Saver - £235
- West Midlands Spring Term Student Saver - £185
- West Midlands Summer Term Student Saver - £185
Please note the above prices are subject to change.
Arriva is now offering monthly instalment plans to pay for termly/annual tickets.
To apply, please visit www.arrivabus.co.uk. Arriva has developed a brand new m ticket app with great new features making it easier for students to pay for and download their ticket on the go. Please contact Arriva Midlands for more information.
Bus Travel from Wales
Mytravelpass is a discounted travel scheme funded by Welsh Government providing those aged 16, 17 and 18 who live in Wales with 1/3 off bus travel. The card is free of charge.
You can use Mytravelpass on all buses in Wales including the TrawsCymru services. You cannot use Mytravelpass on trains or National Express or Megabus services. If you live in Wales and board the bus in Wales, you can use this pass to travel to Shrewsbury.
You can use Mytravelpass at any time of day and on any day of the week including holidays.
You can apply for Mytravelpass online. You can also apply by calling 0300 200 22 33 and for a paper application form which you can return to them Freepost.
PLUSBUS - Shrewsbury and Telford & Wellington (including Ironbridge)
PLUSBUS is a bus pass that you buy with your train ticket at any National Rail station ticket office or online. PLUSBUS gives you unlimited bus travel (on most or all services) around your chosen town. Use it to start your journey (to get to a train station) or to complete your journey (from station to your final destination). There are no peak period restrictions, so you can hop on and off buses at any time of the day. For more information and to apply, please visit the PLUSBUS website.
Shrewsbury Park and Ride Services
Park & Ride in Shrewsbury operates from three sites:
- Oxon Business Park
- Meole Brace Retail Park
- Harlescott, near Tesco
Students of Shrewsbury Colleges Group are eligible for a 50% discount, Monday to Friday, during term time. The return fare is currently 80p for students aged 16 or over on the production of a valid student identification card. You don’t need to have a car to qualify for the Park and Ride Services. More information is available here.
Saver Schemes (may be subject to change)
Boultons of Shropshire
Services operate from Cardington to Shrewsbury via Church Stretton
01694 771226 | www.boultonsofshropshire.co.uk
A termly pass. The price depends on where the student is boarding as the price of the pass is calculated on the daily fare with a 10% discount for advance payment.
Services operate in Oswestry, Welshpool, Newtown and Shrewsbury areas
01691 780212 | www.tanat.co.uk
A 10 Journey Ticket which costs 7 times the Adult Single Fare but gives 10 journeys in any direction between two named places. The ticket is valid for a calendar month from the day of issue and is especially helpful to students who do not attend every day of the week. This is a better discount than normal season tickets which gives 10% discount on the standard return fare. The actual price of these tickets depends entirely on where students are travelling from and to and are only valid on their services.
Services operate from Welsh Border areas
01686 412231 | www.celtic-travel.co.uk
A 10 day ticket which gives 10 journeys for the price of 7. The cost of this depends on where the students will be catching the bus. The other option is a Day Rover ticket which is currently £8.
Services operate from Ludlow, Pontesbury and Bishop's Castle
01743 791208 | www.minsterleymotors.co.uk
For those students that are travelling from Bishop’s Castle and are not eligible through the Shropshire Council Post 16 Transport Scheme, Shrewsbury Colleges Group are pleased to be able to offer a Minsterly Motors subsidised bus pass for £295 per term, normally £530 per term. Please fill out this application form or contact Student Services for more information.
Services operate from Ellesmere and Market Drayton
Ellesmere: 01691 622761 Market Drayton: 01630 685706 | www.lakesidecoaches.co.uk
Bus passes are produced on-site.
- Annually = £520
- Eight instalments of £57 following a deposit of £114.
Travelling by Bike
Shrewsbury Colleges Group is very well served by cycle routes from many parts of the town. Shrewsbury has been a Cycling Demonstration Town since 2008 and there are many off-road and quiet residential road routes. The Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website details all of the cycle/walking routes in the area.
There is storage for bikes at all College campuses and students and staff are invited to make use of these facilities. Bicycles should be securely padlocked and are brought to College at your own risk. We suggest they are insured under your household policy.
There is no Student Parking available at the English Bridge or Welsh Bridge Campuses. Visitors using car parks at any of our campuses should sign in via reception.
Students who wish to park at London Road Campus will need to purchase and display a parking permit available from Reception. Permits cost £15 and are valid for the whole academic year. Students will need to purchase a new permit for each academic year. For short courses of up to six weeks in duration, a free temporary permit can be obtained from Reception. Students attending courses starting after 5.00 pm do not require a permit.
Parking attendants at London Road Campus check that all vehicles have displayed permits and that visitors have signed in at Reception. A parking fine of £60 will be issued for any vehicles not displaying a valid permit or, for visitors who have not signed in at Reception.
If you are issued with a parking ticket and you wish to appeal, please request a Parking Charge Notification Internal Appeal form at Reception. Appeals will be considered and the outcome is normally communicated within 14 days.
- Shropshire Council
- Telford & Wrekin Council
- Powys Council
- Arriva Midlands
- Transport for Wales Rail Services
- Local Public Transport Information