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Applications for Free School Transport

Information on who qualifies for free school transport and how to apply.

Application Process 2022/23

Applications are now open for free school transport for session 2022/23. 

What is different this year?

All current school bus contracts will end in June 2022 and new contracts will be in place for the new session commencing in August 2022. This means there may be some changes to the current school bus network and therefore applications should be completed by all new and existing entitled pupils.

All current passes will become invalid as we introduce Smart Ticketing to school buses. Further information can be found on our Smart Ticketing page here.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made using the online form

If for any reason you are unable to complete the online form, please contact publictransport@westlothian.gov.uk or 01506 282320 for assistance.

Please note the closing date for applications is 17th June 2022.  Applications received after this will be accepted but cannot be guaranteed to be processed in time for the start of term.

All pupils must have a valid pass to travel.

Who qualifies? 

Pupils who attend their catchment school and live more than 1.5 miles (primary), 2 miles (secondary) from the school. This distance is measured as a "Suitable Walking Route" which is defined as being of hard standing, being adequately lit and of adequate width.

Apart from those who live in excess of the council qualifying distance the following pupils may also qualify:

 

We will not provide transport for pupils in the circumstances below:

  • Pupils under the qualifying distance of 1.5 miles for primary and 2 miles for secondary, where there is a suitable walking route. 
  • Pupils who attend a non-catchment school.

Getting your bus pass

Secondary

We are introducing Smart Ticketing on school buses from August 2022 and eligible young scot cards will be activated to allow travel on allocated routes. Further information on smart ticketing can be found Here. Information on how to apply for a Young Scot card can be found Here. If you do not already have a Young Scot Card you should apply now.

Primary

Smart Ticketing will be coming soon to Primary School routes and details will be shared after the summer break. In the meantime all entitled pupils travel without a pass on the first day at the start of the school session in August. New cards will be sent directly to schools and can be collected on the first day of term.

If you've lost your card

Let us know as soon as possible using our online form. (Primary) or apply for a replacement Young Scot card (secondary)

Until your new card arrives, you'll be able to get a temporary pass from your school office to allow travel. 

Apply online for Free School Transport (school bus pass), replacement school bus passes and change of details.