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Spare seats

11 January 2017

The following information is for parents/guardians with children who do not qualify for home to school or college transport from Essex County Council.

Purchasing a place on a contracted service (sometimes known as a Spare Seat)

  • If there is a spare place available on a contracted vehicle serving your child’s school you may be able to purchase this directly from the transport provider. Please contact the bus or taxi company directly to enquire
  • The cost of travel is set by the transport provider. However, some bus or taxi companies do not sell spare places
  • If you're unsure who the transport provider is, please contact your child’s school for further details

Scholars' tickets on local bus services

  • The scholars' ticket is a prepaid season ticket that can be used on most Essex County Council contracted local bus services
  • To check fares or purchase a ticket call Passenger Transport scholars ticket sales on 0845 200 4134. Multiple payment methods are available
  • To ensure your child’s ticket is ready for the start of term we recommend purchasing a month in advance

Public transport

  • Public transport information is available from Traveline or by calling 0871 200 2233

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