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Bus pass info for Sept

22nd July 2020

We apologise if there has been confusion over the bus services for September and hope this message will clarify the situation.

If your child is entitled to free bus transport on a service run by Cambridgeshire County Council then you should automatically receive a pass within the next month if your child is going into Years 8-11. If your child is entitled to a pass and is joining Year 7 then you will only receive that pass if you have applied to the council online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk Passes for new starters are no longer issued automatically as happened in the past. If you have applied already then your child should receive their pass during the holidays. Regardless of which year your child is joining, if they have not received their pass by around August 20th, please contact the council at edtransport@cambridgeshire.gov.uk If your child is going into Year 12 or 13 and you are entitled to a subsided pass, due to low income, either on a council service or on one run by the college, then please apply as soon as possible, either immediately or straight after results day. If you wish to apply for a full fare spare seat then please remember this is on a first-come, first served basis and is subject to availability. We have been warned that these may not be available due to loading concerns.

If you put your child’s name down for a bus run by Comberton (these buses have names rather than numbers) then we intend to offer seats to all those who had applied by the deadline. We have only recently received some DfE guidance and are waiting for further confirmation of regulations from the DfT, which have nothing to do with Coronavirus. These are due by the end of July after which we hope to be able to finalise our routes and timetables with the operators. At this point the ability to pay your child’s fare will be published on WisePay and we will contact you via CombertonPost. If your child is joining Year 12 then we do not expect you to purchase a pass until after exam results are published and your child confirms their place.

All students who have paid for a pass will be entitled to travel to Comberton on the first day of their term without a pass and we hope to distribute these via tutors. There will be no random bus pass checks until all students are in school full-time although we do ask students to carry a valid pass with them at all times. 

We are working hard to ensure that we carry out a full risk assessment of all bus transport but anticipate further Government advice before September so will advise accordingly of the arrangements that are put in place.

We hope this answers your questions but if you need further information, please contact me by email at jczylok@catrust.co.uk

Thank you for your patience.

Kind regards,

Mrs J Czylok

Bus Manager

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