Manchester City Council

Schools, education & childcare Travel assistance for pupils with statements of special educational needs

Travel Co-ordination Unit

The Travel Co-ordination Unit is responsible for travel solutions between home and school for children and young people with special educational or complex medical needs.

Fill in the relevant form if you feel that a child in your care may be eligible for help with travel to school or college. Return this to: The Travel Co-ordination Unit, 1st Floor Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Ardwick, Manchester, M12 6JH.

We will look at the information you provide and make a decision on what support is needed and may need to visit you if we need more information.

If we can provide support, we will discuss and agree the most appropriate travel solution. This may range from a walking bus, to escorted public transport, independent travel training right through to a seat on a minibus or specialist vehicle. In some cases the solution may be a taxi or private hire vehicle; this will depend on individual circumstances. 

We will find the most appropriate provider and start time along with the best route.

Children who need extra support will be assigned a 'passenger assistant', someone who will accompany the child on the journey.

In some cases we may decide to give you a personal travel budget (PTB). This is a payment that is made to you directly to help with making your own travel arrangements for your child in a way that best suits their individual situation. We base this on the distance between home and school/college for the days the child attends and includes of a number of factors. It will be personalised according to the needs of each family and individual circumstances.

Every day, we look after around 1100 children and young people, taking them to school or college using over 250 routes and travel solutions.

If you would like more information contact the Travel Co-ordination Unit on 0161 219 6400 (calls are taken by Environment on Call)

They will be able to talk you through completing the application form and can discuss whether a child in your care may be entitled to help.

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